Motive Art Academy

Motive Art Academy is inspired by the artist and founder Jessica Armas Noda. Art is her motive, and what motivates her. She is passionate to bring art appreciation to Calgary. That is, she wants to “motivate” others to appreciate and experience the power of art, for its beauty, its energy and for how it can often provide a functional use. Providing classes also offers another motive for art appreciation. So, finding the name was simple: Motive Art Academy.
This action has come to fruition and Motive Art Academy welcomes all to enjoy the beautiful space. Jessica is joined by co-founders Maya Corona, Mayeli Pina, Milena Vasquez-Mathewson, Karen Riley and Viviana Pacheco. In addition there are many other local talents to influence and delight you.

"Art is my motive, my language, my motor, and my wellness.
Art is what has driven me to share and inspire the world."

Jessica Armas Noda

Our Vision

To provide a beautiful space full of creativity, inspiration, and function. Our goal is to bring you functional aesthetic pieces, while also providing you the opportunity to grow your own artistic potential.

Our Mission

Our mission at Motive Art Academy is teaching and creating with passion, innovation, and imagination, is to motivate and inspire kids and adults through the healing process of creating and enjoying art.


We are local

We are locally owned and operated by local Calgary artists and creators

We sell and teach Art

We have a gallery with a wide variety of art, a classroom, teachers, and many classes going on

We are accessible

Our location offers ample parking, accessibility, full mall hours.

Meet Our Team

Jessica Armas Noda

Artist / Founder / Owner

Jessica is a passionate visual artist. Being an art lover and a people person, Jessica has really enjoyed getting to know and supporting other artists. For that reason she founded Motive; she wants to inspire everyone around and bring joy to the world.

Karen Riley

Artist / Founder

Karen is a born and raised Calgarian artist. She Is a mixed media artist who takes her inspiration from nature and human emotions to create something unique, that expresses that feeling. 

Viviana Pacheco

Artist / Founder

Viviana is a Calgary based artist that creates vibrant paintings in a style all her own. Her passion for painting comes through with her ability to use art as a way to express joy.

Maya Corona

Artist / Founder

Maya is a Calgary based artist, designer and unshakable optimist. Living a creative life enables Maya to express things most people can’t see at first. For Maya, it’s about listening to your inner self and putting it out there as art.

Milena Vasquez

Artist / Founder

Milena is a visual artist and photographer based in Moh’kinsstis – Calgary, where she practices photography and mixed media to meditate and explore her emotions.

Mayely Pina

Artist / Founder

Mayeli is a visual artist, based in Calgary. Passionate about colours, textures and diversity of mediums, May expresses gratitude, hope and resilience through her art with the intention to transmit positive emotions.

Art is our Motive, let's make it yours

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