small group classes for young artists

Come Ignite

Do these thoughts resonate with you?

  • Does your child struggle to express themselves? 
  • Is your child creative and imaginative? 
  • Does your child enjoy collaborating with other arts-loving children? 
  • Does your child struggle with confidence and being understood? 

Let us help your child ignite…

group classes

You are not alone (I promise)!

Many children and youth struggle to express themselves with confidence. We have developed a series of signature small group classes to ignite the true artist within so they can express themselves with confidence, creativity and skill (all while having a lot of fun). 

Join us and ignite...

  signature programs



What’s Included…

  • 9 Weekly Classes
  • Our Signature Mini Maestros Curriculum
  • Professional Arts Instruction
  • All Materials
  • Performance & Art Show Opportunities

Voice: $250 per session OR all 3 sessions for $720

Visual Arts: $275 per session OR all 3 sessions for $790


9 Week Program | Mondays
2023/2024 Season: Spring Session Registration Now Open

Our signature Mini Maestros Singers curriculum introduces young singers to the joy of singing! 

Discover your primary instrument: your voice. Engage in music and movement; speech arts; self-expression and storytelling through singing; and learn foundational musicianship skills that will set you up for a lifetime of musical enjoyment and appreciation. 

Our classes are playful and collaborative building confidence, creativity and skill. There will be a new, original theme and musical focus for each session. Come join in the fun! 

Grades JK-2 | Mondays | 5:00pm-5:50pm | Spring Registration Now Open
Instructor: Lian Senior
Location: Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street, Newmarket)
2024 Spring Session Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 27, June 3 and 10
Spring Performance Date: Saturday, June 15 | 2pm | Old Town Hall

Visual Arts

9 Week Program | Wednesdays 2023/2024 Season: Spring Session Registration Now Open

Learn to sketch and paint in a fun and engaging environment! Our small class sizes ensure individualized instruction and a dynamic environment full of creativity, curiosity and imagination. Develop foundational technical skills that you can bring to any artistic project.
Our classes are playful and collaborative building confidence, creativity and skill. There will be a new, original theme and technical focus for each session. Come join in the fun and experience one of our signature Mini Maestros visual arts classes. 
Grades 1-4 | Wednesdays | 4:15pm-5:15pm | Spring Session
Grades 4-12 | Wednesdays | 5:30pm-6:45pm | Spring Session – FULL
Instructor: Catherine Farquhar
Location: Donais Studios (342 Prospect Street, Newmarket)

2024 Spring Session Dates: April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 29, June 5 & 12
Spring Art Show: Saturday, June 15 | 1:30pm-6pm | Old Town Hall


My daughter has always been an introvert and very nervous and anxious to do anything away from our home or family. Donais Studios and the vocal group singing class has been such a huge blessing to her and our family.

She is always eager to attend her group class and has built confidence in the comfortable and familiar setting of Donais Studios. She actually prefers to sing in the group setting, and has improved not only in her musical abilities but in her self-esteem as well.
Meet mom, Carrie!
These art classes have really improved my skill as an artist and I’ve learned so many incredible tips to help me in the future when I'm painting or doing anything art related.

Catherine is an incredible teacher and an even more incredible person. She is so patient and kind with everyone and that’s exactly what you need when doing a program like this.

These classes have been nothing but enjoyable, and I hope to do more in the future!
Meet, Allison!
Our small group classes introduce young artists to the fundamental skills of artistry in the areas of singing and visual arts.  Mini Maestros classes provide a playful and collaborative approach to building creativity, confidence, and skill.  Come and ignite The Artist Within with one of our signature classes. 


Andrea Donais

Meet the Founder & Creator, Andrea Donais

I have had the honour and privilege of working with children, youth and young artists of all ages throughout my career as an educator, singer and choral conductor. Helping my students ignite the artist within has been my greatest joy and life’s passion. When my students ignite the artist within – they discover a creative voice, a confidence and a resilience – they never knew they had.

My love of singing began at a very young age. My dad was a singer, choral conductor and musical director. My mom was a member of our church choir and led our church youth choir. Music was no doubt a huge part of our home. From the age of six to the age of eighteen I was a member of a youth choir. It was an incredible and formative experience for me in my early years. I developed deep friendships with like-minded children who loved to sing and express themselves through music. There was power in a group setting, and I found that performing and creating together was fun and energizing. My confidence grew as we collaborated and performed for audiences large and small. We encouraged and inspired one another, we traveled together, we learned and grew together, we became confident, creative and expressive young people. The arts transformed us. We had a place where we belonged, where we fit in, where we thrived!

This (and many other) positive experiences with the arts throughout my life have undoubtedly shaped who I am as a person and an artist. I want these same transformative experiences for you. The Mini Maestros program intentionally creates positive collaborative arts experiences that are transformational and build key life skills – creativity, confidence, and self-expression – that will transport into all aspects of life. There is something very special, powerful and even magical about the arts!


Andrea Donais

BMUS, MMUS, RCM certified teacher

Who is this program for?

The power of collaboration and community in the arts is undeniable. Exploring the arts in a small group format inspires, encourages, and nurtures creativity while having a lot of fun with peers. 

These classes are for creative and imaginative children who love to express themselves through artistry and collaboration with others. 

Come and ignite 


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