Painting Courses

Painting courses are offered in a variety of painting media and techniques. Explore acrylics, watercolour, oils, figurative, landscape, still life, abstract, contemporary and more, with beginner through advanced levels. Both in-person and online courses are designed to challenge and inspire.
NEW! ONLINE: Abstract Painting 1

In this ONLINE course, students will experiment with mark-making, layering, colour control and some modification strategies. We will explore the fundamentals of tone and colour (and its relationship to surfaces) with a focus on the relationship between what we...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Lori-Ann Bellissimo joins TSA as a Guest Artist, teaching from her home in Devon, UK. Generally described as a colourist, she is rooted in modern design but her most recent work is reductive. She also maintains a studio in Toronto, Canada. Her artwork is in collections both private and public such as Barclays Bank, PWC, MGM and in many international hospitality destinations.
ONLINE: Acrylic Painting Incubator

This ONLINE class provides an opportunity for students to focus on developing a personal voice, understanding and capitalizing on inherent visual tendencies, comprehending the process of completing a coherent body of work and developing the confidenc...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Tina Poplawski has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1993. Poplawski has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec and New York. Two galleries in Toronto, the V. MacDonnell Gallery and Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art, have represented Poplawski. Her work is found in North American and European collections both corporate and private. She is the recipient of many awards, including numerous Ontario Art Council Grants. Her work focuses on textured paintings, sculptural objects and paper works arranged into multi-faceted installations. She has been negotiating the cultural residue of war through her art practice for many years, leading her to a fascination with “debris” found in the botanical world.
ONLINE: Classical Portrait Painting

This ONLINE course introduces classical techniques of portrait painting, focused on realism. Students may use oils or acrylics. The instructor will introduce the materials she uses (oils) and provide insight as to her choices. She will demonstrate techniques and stud...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
5-week courses
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since summer 2018. Previously, she taught the Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity; social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada.
ONLINE: Colour Theory & Colour Mixing

This ONLINE Colour Theory/Mixingcourse will focus on painting projects geared toward teaching colour harmonies and colour theory to better understand and control the outcome of colour mixing. The projects teach the colour theor...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Roberta McNaughton has degrees from both the Ontario College of Art and Guelph University. She received her Master's of Fine Art in the Interdisciplinary Arts, Media, and Design program at OCAD University in 2015. ​Her work has been exhibited in both public and commercial galleries in Toronto, throughout Ontario and abroad. McNaughton's paintings are in many private and corporate collections. They are also in the collection of the National Archives in Ottawa. She has received several Ontario Arts Council grants including a mid-career grant in 2013.
ONLINE: Expressive Paint Handling

Expressive paint-handling is one of the most important qualities of a good work of art. Neglecting the improvement of your brush skills will always hold back your painting progress.  The terms “expressive” or “gestural” are used to describe a metho...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991 and a Fine Arts Faculty member at Centennial College since 2005. In his works, visceral, textured layers of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in Burnett's painting. Through his early period with the Isaacs Gallery (1979–1989) and then with Gallery One (1989–2004), Burnett has displayed a sense of humour and irony in his ongoing investigation into the two-dimensional picture plane both traditionally and digitally. In recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings using Corel Painter software. Brian Burnett has exhibited regularly in Canada and internationally since 1979, His work has been collected by the City of Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery and McLaren Art, as well as many Corporate and private collections.
ONLINE: Figure Painting

This is an 8 week ONLINE course where only clothed figure models will be used. Instead of posing live online, the instructor will photograph the models at the TSA studios and email a selection to all class participants. This allows variation in pose ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Tom Campbell, a Toronto-based painter (now based in Stratford, ON), has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1989, with teaching stints at Sanford Fleming College, Sheridan College and the ROM. Since 2000, he has also travelled to the Aegean island of Ikaria every other spring to teach at the Ikarian Cultural Centre. Campbell had his first major one-man show at Gallery Stratford in 1985, won the Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery prize for painting and joined the stable of artists at the Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto and Vancouver). More recently, other projects of interest have included painting the giant shipwreck mural for John Greyson’s feature film Zero Patience and painting a CD cover for alternative pop band Stars. On television, he was featured in “Artists in the Urban Environment” for Spectrum and Star Portraits, which aired on Bravo. His most recent exhibitions have been in Ottawa at the Galleria St Laurent + HilI and in C Word (Craft in the Fine Arts) curated by Richard Mongiat at The Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto.
ONLINE: Introduction to Painting

This ONLINE course for beginners aims to give the participants an understanding of some of the fundamental elements of painting an image - whether a person, landscape or still life. In this course we will focus on Still Life, Landscape and Portrait.

LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
6-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Tom Campbell, a Toronto-based painter (now based in Stratford, ON), has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1989, with teaching stints at Sanford Fleming College, Sheridan College and the ROM. Since 2000, he has also travelled to the Aegean island of Ikaria every other spring to teach at the Ikarian Cultural Centre. Campbell had his first major one-man show at Gallery Stratford in 1985, won the Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery prize for painting and joined the stable of artists at the Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto and Vancouver). More recently, other projects of interest have included painting the giant shipwreck mural for John Greyson’s feature film Zero Patience and painting a CD cover for alternative pop band Stars. On television, he was featured in “Artists in the Urban Environment” for Spectrum and Star Portraits, which aired on Bravo. His most recent exhibitions have been in Ottawa at the Galleria St Laurent + HilI and in C Word (Craft in the Fine Arts) curated by Richard Mongiat at The Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto.
ONLINE: Powdered Graphite and Acrylic Glazes

This ONLINE three half-day intensive workshop will include live stream webcam demonstrations that will illustrate how to prepare surfaces with a unique mix of light moulding pastes, Golden Absorbent ground and water; how to use powdered graphite mixed with acr...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991 and a Fine Arts Faculty member at Centennial College since 2005. He's served as TSA's Director from 2000 to 2004, on TSA's Board of Governors and has been a member of the Faculty Steering Committee since 1992. In his works, visceral, textured layers of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in Burnett's painting. Through his early period with the Isaacs Gallery (1979–1989) and then with Gallery One (1989–2004), Burnett has displayed a sense of humour and irony in his ongoing investigation into the two-dimensional picture plane both traditionally and digitally. In recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings using Corel Painter software. Brian Burnett has exhibited regularly since 1979, including at the Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City; the Koffler Arts Centre in Toronto; at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg; the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver; Gallery One in Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His work was included in Canada Nouveau (London, England) and in Contemporary Landscape Perspectives, a traveling exhibition that originated at the AGO. His work has been collected by the City of  Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario,  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery and McLaren Art, as well as many Corporate and private collections.
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