Monica has a unique, hands on teaching style that encourages me to take risks and explore my creativity. She guides classes in a clear, organized manner while still allowing her students freedom. Monica has taught me to trust my instincts and to honour what drives me. I look forward to my next workshop with her
Sharmila Dey, Professional Actor
"I have attended Monica's workshops where she guided us with her very grounded yet magical knowledge in the making of art with examples of her own unique style that reminds me a lot of Bruce Lee's approach to martial arts, which is to create your own style and forget that there even is such a thing as style. What I took from her welcome to attend her workshops is her focus on you and the inkling to get you to ask yourself "What is your journey about and how would you like to express it in an art form?", even if you feel afraid or skeptical. When you walk into her class, it's her magical quality as a person that all of a sudden gives you this sense that you have all of this freedom to not just think about, but bring out the truth of whatever it is you feel in the moment, and the vision of where you feel it is taking you. Her sensory ability complements her warmth and very easy-going nature, and it is always a great pleasure to spend time with her in these workshops. She will challenge you, encourage you, and always make you feel right at home, and that alone makes for some amazing creations of art that you didn't think was possible, and, you walk out proud and happy that you got to meet her and create something that makes you feel more confident in what makes you, all through the magic of art and her presence."
Aleem Janmohamed, Advisory Build and Release Specialist, CIBC
“I have attended Monica Bodirsky’s workshops since 2011 and have found her teaching methods excellent for drawing out the best possible outcome, whether for novices or, in my case established and exhibiting, artists. Bodirsky facilitates visual self- expression at each level of experience and gives each attendee thoughtful feedback and advice, enabling them to move forward from whatever stumbling block they are dealing with. I have benefitted greatly from each and every workshop attended and, given a chance, will attend again.”
Martina Edmondson, AOCAD, Professional Artist
Monica’s workshops are structured and informative. Her teaching style is informed by an artistic and intuitive open-endedness through which the content can become intensely personal. I have often left one of these evenings or weekends, spent in the homey artist’s studio on Niagara St., with fresh insight into a problem or issue that had felt intractable when I walked in.
Anna Rehak, Writer and Developer - Ragged Rascal Productions
“I have been lucky enough to take a wide-rage of courses from Monica and I can say from experience that they all are taught with the same level of care and attention to detail. They connect the individual to the work and that has an incredibly transformative affect as I learn something new about myself or the way I see the world each time I take a workshop. I highly recommend Monica’s workshops to anyone seeking a deeper connection to themselves and to the creative process in an immediately beneficial way—new artists, curiosity seekers, and seasoned professionals alike.”
Lisa East, BA, Gender and Equity Studies Program