Meet Ivana Tovilla-Batiz, the newest featured student! Ivana has been taking kids art classes at Richmond Hill Art School for almost 5 years now. This 14 year-old is smart, talented, and ambitious – she will be going places!

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Geometric Ballerina: Gr. 8 School Project ’15

How did you get into art school?

“When I was 6 years old, I used to go to the Art Gallery of Ontario, the ROM, and the McMichael Museum with my family. I have also been to New York a couple of times to see the artwork in the Metropolitan Museum, the MOMA, and the Guggenheim. I went to see the newest, most fascinating art work there was to see. I loved almost all of the exhibitions that I went to and I always dreamed of creating my own paintings and artwork.”

Which artists have inspired you?

“I am inspired by the Group of Seven, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Vincent Van Gogh. In fact, his “Starry Night” is what mesmerized me and it was at that moment that I said to myself “If he can do it, I can too!””

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Dancer in the Limelight: 3D Cardboard Project ’12

What do you most like about art?

“What I love most about art is that nothing can ever go wrong with simply stroking a brush against canvas, whether it’s watered-down paint on water colour paper, wooden tools on a portion of clay, or a pencil scrawling against a blank page of a sketchbook.”

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I Love Australia: Jan. ’15

How do you like the classes at Richmond Hill Art School?

“I love the new studio where there is enough space for everyone. And I most definitely won’t stop going to the studio as long as my ability and talent last. Natasha is one of the best artists I have ever seen and it is a pleasure to be working and creating with her and other artists like Simon and Michelle. As for my fellow classmates, we are one big happy family! I cannot tell you how happy I am to be an artist at Richmond Hill Art School and to be the first student featured on the blog!”

What is the most important thing that you have learned from RHAS?

“The most important thing that I have learned from RHAS is that art cannot be perfect. At some point, there is a flaw in every artwork. When I did my first painting at the studio, I remember that I accidentally painted the sky blue because I knew that the sky is blue! But I was really supposed to paint it the lightest shade of green. Nothing can be perfect, regardless of how you want it to look.”

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Self-Portrait: Spring ’12

What is your favourite medium?

“My favourite medium would be acrylic. I personally love acrylic because of the freedom it gives you. If you accidentally make a mistake, then you can go over it with more acrylic when it dries. I also love its texture and volume. I also like using pallet knifes to help create the texture. Throughout the years, I have been painting with acrylic and I have learned to properly mix a colour, tone it, and apply it in certain amounts.”

What path would you like to take in the future?

“What I truly want to be when I grow up is an architect. I am very skilled in mathematics and I am getting better as an artist. I have the perfect combination I need in order to pursue my dream job. I want to go to the University of Toronto because my mom works there as a professor and she knows that their architecture program is great! If architecture doesn’t work out, then I want to go to OCAD and maybe work for Walt Disney Pictures! I’ve always wanted to be one of Walt Disney’s little artists and maybe even go to the Oscars!”