About Milena Doncheva

Art classes for everyone.Des cours d'art en français.

Interview with Katie Mayo

Hello everyone,
Here’s our last interview for 2015:-)

Katie was one of my first students when I moved to Toronto. She’s young and talented, passionate about painting and photography. She shares with us why she likes  her art classes with Art Doncheva Studio.

Discover Katie’s art on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/_k.mayo/.

A few words about my art: I would consider myself to have a certain style of painting. I mainly  specialize in landscape paintings and I enjoy painting abstracts paintings as well. I also like trying new things in paintings and trying new things, like trying new mediums and different styles.

Why I like spending time in the studio: I really enjoy Art Doncheva Studio, I think it is the perfect size studio to work in. The class sizes are small, so there is more room to yourself, and if you’re having difficulty, then the teacher can come and help you. The studio also shares the room with a few other people, which are also very nice.

Summer series of intensive workshops in July

We start our summer series of intensive workshops in July. Sign up now- places are limited!

abstract workshop

abstract workshop

“Moving Towards Abstraction.”

Challenge your creativity through abstraction!

Five day intensive abstract painting workshop
Choose one of these two weeks:
July 6th, Monday – July 10th, Friday
July 13th, Monday – July 17th, Friday

Description: In this five day workshop we will investigate and create abstract works based on many different painting techniques, artists and their styles. The classes are designed to embolden participants to use expressive colour and form, to experiment and explore. A variety of exercises will inspire participants to find their own personal style, while experimenting with mixed media, colour theory, value, and composition.
Class Level: All levels
Average Class Size: 5
Price: 250$
Individual instruction in a creative and supportive environment. Materials included.

abstract workshop

abstract workshop

Bored of the same-old paint by numbers class?

Sigh up for a session of 10 art classes with Art Doncheva Studio  until the 10th of July and get one additional free class!

Classes are ongoing and students are not locked into the specific dates they book. Alternate dates can be scheduled.

Bored of the same-old paint by numbers class? Had your fill of painting identical sunsets and/or trees that you end up tossing out afterwards? If you want to create  original pieces that you’ll be proud of then come and join Art Doncheva Studio.

Courses include:

  • Individual instruction in a creative and supportive environment.
  • Classes that combines both representational and abstract ideas, allowing for personal artistic expression.
  • An emphasis on developing skills and pursuing an imaginative and personal approach.


busy but inspired:-)

We’ve had a busy but inspired few weeks here at Art Doncheva Studio,,,Enjoy a few photos of some gorgeous pieces:-)!
For more pictures of the work in progress visit and like our FB page:-)

Abstract painting done after Kandinsky by Katie Mayo

Abstract painting done after Kandinsky by Katie Mayo

imited palette exercise :using only cool colors, first acrylic by Romasa

imited palette exercise :using only cool colors, first acrylic by Romasa

Black Background Drawing by Martine Lagasse

Black Background Drawing by Martine Lagasse

Working the glazes by Sema Akyurek Baskaraca

Working the glazes by Sema Akyurek Baskaraca

Charcoal sketch by Michael Armstrong

Charcoal sketch by Michael Armstrong

Our interview for the month of February:-)

Please meet Danielle Holte, she was my first student in Toronto:-).

Danielle Holte

Danielle Holte

Who are you and what do you do?

Having completed her studies at l’ecole des Beaux-Art of Montreal, “Art & Interior Design”, Danielle Holte lived in Montreal, Vancouver & Toronto. Founder of ART+DESIGN, her design experience, love of art, guided her in many realizations of projects in interior design & painting and children pastiches.
Danielle Holte, Interior Designer/Artist/Children’s art.
Website: http://www.facebook.com/DANHOArtDesign

Why Art? Why did you wish to paint/draw in the first place?

I have always loved any type of art, specially drawings and painting.
As long as I remember I would take a floor plan from builder’s houses and reorganize the space, moving walls and choosing colors and furnitures
I had a friend and her mom had a room fill with décor magazines, I would spend hours looking at the pictures and knowing art and design would me my work in the future.
I was very insecure with my painting style, still is!!!!! But getting better. I made a decision that I needed more courses and improve the knowledge of my art, so 8 years ago I did classes and took holidays to improve my painting.

How long have you been painting/drawing?

As long as I remember I have done drawings, collage. My family and work took a lot of my time, let say I have been able to paint more in the last 8 years.

What inspires you?

Still magazines from all over the world inspire me , I can not travel as much as I would like , pictures from books, magazines about photography, artists, design in general I can spend hours at the library and book store

Who is your favorite artist? What type of art do you prefer?

Matisse, Picasso,Thompson, Jean-Paul Lemieux, Marc Seguin etc…
I look at everything first, and I seem to prefer a more modern style of expression, mixed media gives me a great sense of freedom

What’s the best thing about spending time in the studio?

When I am in the studio I focus on my work, my surrounding allows me to search inside me the inspiration I need to achieve my work, and having Milena is a thru gift , she is able to guide me very easily and teach me different ways to get what I want

What do you like the most about the art classes with Art Doncheva Studio?

It is a great space, lots of light but most of all it is Milena’s experience, knowledge and dedication that I appreciate the most