Teacher Training

Visual Arts Training for Teachers:  hands-on practical courses for delivering art lessons in the classroom.


Do you need some creative fun ideas for your art instruction in your classroom? We offer visual arts training for teachers and educators. We are contracted to train teachers in the delivery of the arts curriculum by the TDSB and the TCDSB. Natalie Kauffman, our Education Director, has a decade long experience leading Professional Development workshops for teachers from K-8. We are providing teachers the knowledge, skills and confidence to teach fun sophisticated art lessons in their classrooms!  Workshops focus on three key aspects. Using art as a vehicle to build critical thinking and problem solving. Sourcing accessible affordable art making materials. And the practical steps to progressive arts pedagogy.

You will be exploring this course content by making art yourself! The workshop will allow you to experiment with all aspects of visual arts including painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture. While also using tactile inspiring materials with easily accessible instruction. Using Toronto artists as inspiration, course leader Natalie Kauffman will give you the confidence to integrate art into all levels of your curriculum!

Creative Making Class – Ideal for Teachers & Educators!


Tuesday Nights


6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Walnut Studios

Cost: Contact for more details

Includes materials and supplies

This series of classes is useful for teachers in the elementary school classroom (grades K-8) who are interested in ways to teach visual arts and ways to integrate visual arts into their teaching practice.

While this course is geared toward the Ontario Curriculum, we do invite all educators and community workers in various capacities (such as daycare staff and programming instructors) to join us! Through hands on projects and activities, teachers and educators will gain practical experience, numerous ideas and teaching methods to bring back to their classrooms and community.


Interested in what Blank Canvases can do for you?


Natalie Kauffman

Education Director

Natalie Kauffman is a visual artist, media artist, arts educator and educational consultant. She holds a MA in Education (arts specialization) from OISE, and a BFA from Concordia in studio art and art history. Her  work as Education Director at Blank Canvases, involves running the in school and after school programmes,  researching, developing and delivering new art lessons, hiring and training art educators, mentoring placement students from OCADU, Queen’s and Humber College, facilitating high school co-op students and volunteers, and forging new opportunities for Blank Canvases in schools and community settings.  In her art Natalie works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, collage, and encaustic (wax). She ran a successful photography business for 15 years, specializing in fine art, portrait and editorial photography, as well as instructing classes at George Brown College, Avenue Road Art School, Toronto Image Works and through her own company Brown Eyed Girl Productions. Her hand coloured photographs won several awards and her photos have exhibited nationally and published internationally, along with being in numerous private collections . Natalie's teaching experience includes teaching high school arts at a Toronto Prep independent school. Prior to that she was an artist educator and curriculum developer in the Media Arts Program (MAP) and visual arts program with the Royal Conservatory's program Learning Through The Arts (LTTA). She was also an arts educator with Harbourfront Centre in their School Visits department, teaching visual and media arts to children K-12. Natalie loves her work at Blank Canvases; bringing the type of art lessons that asks children to be creative and critical thinkers, taking risks and venturing into the unknown, valuing process over product; she finds this very rewarding and important work indeed.