Painting Courses

Courses range from introductory and life painting to more contemporary and abstract techniques in oil, acrylic, watercolour and water-based media. Students will be challenged to articulate themselves using different styles and subjects within the discipline, regardless of their existing skill level.
Abstraction in Acrylics

In this course, students will explore abstract painting and thinking while working with acrylic paints. Students will work through projects that explore the vast boundaries comprising the term “abstract art” while further developing their painting skills towards ac...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
1-week Intensives
12-week courses
10-week courses
1-week Intensives

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course and have some experience with acrylic paint. WINTER TERM: No class Friday, March 30, 2018 for Good Friday
Drips, Pours and Puddles: Acrylic Explorations

The defining characteristic of fluid painting techniques is to collaborate with gravity, directing the paint across the surface of the canvas or wood panel, orchestrating its tendency to pool, to drip and to spatter, inviting the painting to almost paint itself, and embracing ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
1-week Intensives

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
Explorations in Figure Studies

This course is intended for students wishing to develop their figure drawing beyond simple representation. Using a variety of media, students will learn to take chances and create lively and thought-provoking works. Consideration will also be given to different ways of reactin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: The class will work from nude or costumed models.  The poses will range in length from gestures to 3 hours. It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing and/or figure drawing experience. This is a 9-week course.
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:
10-week courses

NOTES: Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed. This is a 9-week course
Figure and Portrait Painting (Summer)

Students will explore observational Figure and Portrait Painting through 2 poses lasting 4 weeks each.  Proportion, shape, value, light and colour theory both in reference to the portrait and the body will be discussed. Using Oil or acrylic paint, various method of applic...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: A nude model will be used. This course is ideal for those with recent life drawing AND basic painting experience who wish to start figure painting.
Figure Concepts

This course is designed specifically for experienced or upper level students who wish to focus on conceptual development of their figurative work. Students will become aware of the idea of “the subject” when working with the figure. Historical and contemporary them...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Students are expected to have a solid foundation of figure painting skills. It is recommended that students have taken coursework in basic painting, life drawing and/or life painting, and image development, or equivalent. This is a 9-week course
Introduction to Acrylic Painting

This course offers an introduction to this extremely versatile and forgiving paint. Students will learn how mix acrylic pigments with basic acrylic mediums and gels.  Mediums and gels offer the artist a world of control in changing acrylic colours, extending paints, incre...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives

NOTES: Suitable for beginners & intermediate students.
Introduction to Life Painting

Students will gain technical skills and knowledge in rendering the human form in paint. The course allows for direct visual observation of the figure while painting, but the ability to construct the figure from imagination and memory will also be stressed. Generally, poses are...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting skills. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Introduction to Painting

This course teaches foundation skills in the technical manipulation of paint, as well as in colour, structure, and content. The importance of direct visual observation and the creation of space and light illusion will be stressed. The instructor will also show how the same pro...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. The spring 104 section will have a nude life model.
Painting Boost from Art History: Inspirations, Themes, and Variations

Artists from antiquity to the present have borrowed intuitively or intentionally from pre-existing traditions and models, whether from their own immediate contexts or from more distant cultural, geographical, or historical ones.  

Examples range from the reworki...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: It is recommended that students should have some prior painting or drawing experience. Students may paint in any preferred painting medium, e.g. acrylics, watercolour, gouache, oil, or mixed media. (Oil painters: only odourless mineral spirits allowed as a solvent.)
Painting: City Experience

The city is a diverse and complex environment ever changing with a high level of intensity, ongoing construction and frantic pace. Seldom in this environment do you find a peaceful and less hectic pace other than in our city Parks. These patches of green space provide a grassl...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives

NOTES: Students will paint outdoors in Toronto parks as well as in the TSA studio. One-hour lunch break included each day.
Painting Trees

The depiction of trees is a subject many artists have painted throughout history.  Its beauty, majesty and symbolism continues to be relevant for many contemporary artists.  The likes of John Constable, Emily Carr, Georg Baselitz, and Kim Dorland have reflected on it...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

Powdered Graphite and Acrylic Glazes

Following a technique utilized by the instructor Brian Burnett, students will learn via demonstrations how to paint with powdered graphite mixed with acrylic mediums and then glazed with transparent acrylic layers of colour. Students will be drawing from personal foundation sk...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: It is recommended that students have previous drawing and painting skills for this workshop. This is not appropriate for the absolute beginner.
Scrape, Push and Pull: Acrylic Explorations

The act of pulling and scraping paint is often associated with the work of Gerhard Richter who drags, smears, and scrapes layers of wet paint, leaving tracks of his movements across the surface and then covering them up. The aim of this course is to explore methods associated ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives

NOTES: Suitable for students who have some experience with Acrylic Paint.
The Humble Still-Life

The depiction of still-life subjects can be traced back to Classical antiquity and remains a subject of choice by many contemporary artists. Its symbolism and potential for creative expression keeps it from being a tired form of investigation and personal discovery. This six-w...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Paint media optional.  Experience with either oil or acrylic paints are recommended.
The Painted Word

Human emotions can have a universal pattern and a visual component when painted. The expressive nature of the brushstroke can convey thoughts and feelings. This course introduces the student to the process of accessing this non-representational world by using analog paintings....


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

NOTES: This course was formally titled: Fluid Acrylic Abstraction on Paper. It is suitable for students who have taken Fundamental Acrylics or have some experience with Acrylic Paint.
Thick over Thin in Acrylics

In this three-day workshop we will look at the application of a thin paint “Imprimatura” layer with thick paint “Impasto” using acrylic colours, plus mediums, Heavy Gel and Molding Paste to extend the paint’s thickness. “Imprimatura” c...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: Previous drawing and painting skills are essential for this workshop. This is an acrylic techniques workshop. This is not appropriate for an absolute beginner.
WIPEOUT

While mastery of historical painting techniques can be an end in itself, sometimes combining traditional methods with wild and inventive approaches can be very inspiring. A traditional WIPEOUT style of painting allows you to establish composition, to broadly push and pull...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

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