What makes us different?
The Oakville Art Studio was founded in 2007 to introduce children and adults to the wonderful world of art. Ixchel’s children loved to paint with their friends while listening to music. This concept was expanded and little by little our artistic refuge grew to what we have today: a wonderful place for toddlers & moms, kids, teens and adults to explore various forms of visual art.Whether you want to learn more about textile or fibre arts, painting or new learning styles in art, you will find inspiration and assistance in our studio. Listen to classical music while you explore new techniques. This place will make you want to stay!
Founder and Art Instructor
Ixchel has been a textile and fibre artist for almost 30 years. Dedicated weaver and Visual Artist that explores different materials into tapestry techniques in non-conventional ways. Throughout her career she has been recognized in several occasions. 2009 Finalist in Stars Among Us, Oakville and 2010 Winner for Visual Arts Award, Oakville Arts Council and Government of Ontario; “Best in Show” in several occasions, recognized as an outstanding University Professor in the School of Design at Anahuac University, Lecturer and workshop Leader.
Docent at the Textile Museum of Canada. She holds a Master Degree in Museum Studies, BA in Graphic Design, History of Art diploma, Post-Graduate course in Contemporary Textiles among many courses in Natural dyes, Fashion Design and Pattern transformations, Batik and diverse reserve techniques as well as many other fibre and textile related courses. Founder of the Textil Creativo, Textile school in 1989 in Mexico City and the Oakville Arts Studio in 2007. She has collaborated and written in specialized publications for major textile and design magazines as well as online resources and has been featured in Art related publications. Member of the Canadian Tapestry Network, American Tapestry Alliance, World Textile Art, Handweavers Guild of America, British Tapestry Group among others; she is the President of the Oakville Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Ixchel has been recipient of Visual Arts Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. She has presented innumerable solo and group shows and her work is shown in private and public collections in Europe, Central and North America.
Young Artists Instructor
Myriam Suarez, Oakville Arts Studio’s wonderful ECE art instructor and member of the Oakville Arts Council will take your kids hand in hand to experience a fun and creative time. Miss Myriam has developed specialized art and early childhood education programs in several schools both in Mexico and Canada and has participated with Art House, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre and the Mexican Consulate in Toronto. She studied Belle-Canto at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, and teaches Spanish.
She brings to our studio more than 15 years of experience in the field.All classes are developed with classical music as backdrop, which increases the creative side of our brains through alpha and delta waves.All our specialized young artist classes offer different approaches to art. This ensures that your kids will have a memorable experience!