Our Story

Create Art Studio is a welcoming community art school in Toronto that encourages positive development through creative exploration. We support all of our students in building their confidence, creativity and cognitive abilities by inspiring them to embrace critical thinking and creative presentation of their work.

Our faculty are professionally trained artists and educators who provide a fun, safe and caring environment to facilitate positive learning in creative skill development, problem solving, and mental focus.

Create Art Studio was started by local mom, Jennifer Thompson, who wanted to start a business that would allow her to spend more time with her young children. In early 2017, she put her idea into motion – bringing her vision for an inclusive and welcoming space for children, teens, and adults to gather and learn, about art and themselves, in the vibrant community of Danforth East.

Meet the team of professional artists and educators that bring the best in art education to kids, teens and adults in Toronto:

Jennifer Thompson

Founder and CEO

Jennifer comes from two families of artists (one of her great-grandfathers was a famous Toronto sculptor) and has always lived a creative life.

Working in the world of corporate analytics, she applied design theory to make data, charts, and graphs more relatable and easier to understand.

Create Art Studio represents a perfect connection between her business skills and her fun and creative approach to life. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition from Ryerson University.

Joanne Bell

Director of Education

Joanne is a practicing artist who works with painting and drawing mediums. She also has experience in printmaking, digital media, and performance art.

Joanne has studied First Peoples, Canadian and European art history. She loves to give back to her community, helping to create The Danny’s Urban Fairy project in 2015 and The Amazing Beatty Race at the 2015 Earl Beatty Fun Fair.

Joanne has a Bachelor of Education and Fine Arts (Visual) from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Member of the Ontario College of Teachers and the Saskatchewan Teaching Federation.

James Taylor

Senior Art Instructor

Thomas Haskell

Senior Art Instructor

Lisa Young Chow

Senior Art Instructor – Pottery

Shelby Steip


Stuart Thompson

Senior Art Instructor