Study with Ilene Sova at Walnut Studios

For directions and location:  Walnut Studios Website

Portfolio Preparation • Drawing • Portrait Painting • Landscape Painting • Abstract Painting

After seven years of teaching experience at various institutions (including OCADU, University of Windsor, The Toronto School of Art and Harbourfront Centre)  Ilene is teaching in her own atelier with her a specially designed stimulating curriculum constructed to teach anyone to be successful and gain confidence in their art work.



  • Learn to improve your accuracy at Drawing and Painting What You See.
  • Gain hands on experience in a one-on-one setting with a qualified artist/instructor.
  • Work and interact in a creative and relaxed artist’s loft, located in the King West Village.
  • Discover works of the Masters and rapidly grasp and imitate their techniques step-by-step.
  • Realize your creative potential.


“Thanks so much for all your awesomeness and amazing teaching! You’re seriously the best art teacher I’ve ever had! I’m really pleased with the progress so far and can’t wait to take the next class.”
— Former Student Introduction to Portrait Painting

“I thought Ilene was superb. She was organized, structured, and methodical. I learned so much from her. Ilene demystified colour for me! I was able rekindle a passion for art I used to have as a teenager but fell by the way side”
— Former Student Painting and Drawing What See

“Ilene’s method has everyone painting within the first half hour of the first class and you never stop. It is a focused and practical approach that makes painting accessible to everyone regardless of experience or skill level. She provides support while allowing each student time to explore and discover things on their own which, though frightening at first is so very rewarding”
—Former Students Beginner Painting


Monday Nights: Start any Monday
Six Classes: 7:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $200.00 for six classes
Materials extra.

This is an introductory class for someone who wants to learn the basics of painting what they see. A beginners class for painting covering; tonal values, brush strokes, colour theory, under painting, the still life and the creation of your own image. Perfect for the person who may have painted in high school and wants to “get back into it” with basic step by step instruction.


Monday Nights: Start any Monday
Six Classes: 7:00-9:00
Cost: $200.00 for six lessons
Materials Extra.

This is an introductory class for someone who wants to learn the basics of Drawing What They See. Learning to draw using step by step methods of the old Masters. Perfect for someone who has never picked up a pencil or for someone who wants to improve their abilities with representation. construct, proportion, contour drawing, bind contour drawing, still-life, shading, and charcoal techniques are covered.


Monday Nights: Start any Monday
Six Classes: 7:00-9:00
Cost: $200 for six classes in a group lesson or private lessons for $50.00 an hour
Materials extra

Private or group lessons for portfolio preparation. Sova will work through the portfolio expectations with you and help you pick and choose the appropriate images for your appointment with the college. For life drawing requirements a model can be arranged and lessons on life drawing provided. Also, Sova can provide you with interview preparation and assist you in the overall professional presentation of your artwork.


Booked privately for 50.00 an hour. Schedule worked out on a per student basis.

Private art lessons in Toronto are available with Ilene at Walnut Studios. Students have booked these for help with specific projects, portfolio preparation and private instruction to help improve on specific skills.

ONE ON ONE lessons can be booked with Ilene directly by emailing her at mail@ilenesova.com.