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.
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
9-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Gillian Iles' practice consists of painting, sculpture and video/projection. She has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago, Miami, Montreal and Toronto in public institutions, university galleries, artist-run centres and commercial galleries. Her work has been highlighted in Canadian Art, Mix Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She is featured in the book Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting. Gillian was a founding member of two artist-run galleries in Toronto - Propeller and Loop, and is currently a member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. Her environmental scale installations include combinations of paintings, sculptures, constructions video and projection, creating installations incorporating both real and illusionary space, transforming exhibition spaces into a composite of alternate realities. The composite imagery presents an array of contradictions as a sensory collage of fleeting instants that shape greater social identity & individual perception. Gillian teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College and the Toronto School of Art in Canada.
ONLINE: Acrylic Colour Mixing Workshop

This four day workshop, will look at building a simple, straight forward, practical understanding of colour theory, colour mixing, colour matching and using a specially developed colour wheel. We will use our studies to support creating various colou...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
4 Day Workshop

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: Acrylic Painting Incubator

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


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 5 week ONLINE course is designed to be either a stand alone course to learn the basics of Classical Portrait painting or as a follow-up course to 017 Classical Portrait Drawing (starting in April, 2021). It is idea...


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

Based in colour theory and the primary colour palette, this hands-on 8 week ONLINE course focuses on developing proficient and accurate colour mixing. Through structured exercises and practice, students will develop their...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Martha Eleen, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art since 2004. Her own works explore the relationship between culture and landscape. Eleen’s paintings are represented in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the US, Mexico and Japan. Her work has received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publications. She is currently represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
ONLINE: Fluid Acrylics

This ONLINE 8 week course will focus on the use of GOLDEN or TRI-ART Fluid Acrylics to achieve stained, flowing effects. We will incorporate the use of a variety of substrates such as GOLDEN’S Absorbent Ground, Light Mol...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
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. 1977 Fine Arts Diploma, Visual Art, New School of Art 1975 BFA, Fine Arts, York University
ONLINE: Intermediate Watercolour

This ONLINE intermediate level course offers the experienced painter the opportunity to further their studies in watercolour and explore more complex watercolour strategies using still-life and landscape.

The  course will be comprised ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Brian Hoxha has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2004. Hoxha is also an educator in watercolour and printmaking at the Art Gallery of Ontario and in the T.D.S.B. at Northern S.S., and a long-time member of Open Studio, the artist-run centre and print studio. Hoxha’s work explores the beauty and solace of the natural world, whether in painting or making prints. He particularly finds constant inspiration by working on location in breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, as is evident in his journeys to Northern Ontario, Western Canada, Newfoundland and Montana. Hoxha is currently being represented by Open Studio, Gallery 133, The Denison Gallery, Art Interiors, Tracey Capes F.A., Nouveau Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Gibson Fine Arts in Calgary and the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s N.F., as well as by a variety of arts consultants in 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 and Landscape.

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

This ONLINE introduction to watercolour course is for people with little to no experience with the medium. We will concentrate on the fundamental watercolour techniques of wet dry, wet into wet and dry brush. In depth discussions about...


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

NOTES: Brian Hoxha has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2004. Hoxha is also an educator in watercolour and printmaking at the Art Gallery of Ontario and in the T.D.S.B. at Northern S.S., and a long-time member of Open Studio, the artist-run centre and print studio. Hoxha’s work explores the beauty and solace of the natural world, whether in painting or making prints. He particularly finds constant inspiration by working on location in breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, as is evident in his journeys to Northern Ontario, Western Canada, Newfoundland and Montana. Hoxha is currently being represented by Open Studio, Gallery 133, The Denison Gallery, Art Interiors, Tracey Capes F.A., Nouveau Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Gibson Fine Arts in Calgary and the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s N.F., as well as by a variety of arts consultants in Toronto.
ONLINE: Painting Flowers

In this 8 week ONLINE course, students will learn how to capture the beauty of a flower in paint. We will explore the fundamentals of flower painting including drawing, value, colour and edges and how to create interesting compositions. Students will work...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Matthew Tarini is an oil painter who’s subject matter consists of cityscapes, still life, landscapes and figurative work. Matt has been an instructor at Western University and the University of Alberta and has taught workshops across the country. He has done private and public commissions, including portraits for University of Toronto and Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. He has appeared on the television show, Star Portraits and has done both solo and numerous group shows across Canada, including a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Calgary. His work is in collections throughout Canada and internationally.
ONLINE: Painting for Beginners

This course is intended for beginners in acrylic and water-based oil paints.

Painting is an historical medium for image making. It can feel intimidating because it has a long history and can be complex, but we can begin by playing. 

In this course, we ...


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

NOTES: Kyla Brown is a Toronto based artist, educator and writer. She works in a project driven practice that includes community based works, subtle public interventions, drawing-installation and video works. Exploring mapping as a material practice, Brown’s work focuses on navigating city space, particularly in Toronto and London, Ontario. She has shown at the Khyber Centre for the Arts and the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Art Mur in Montreal, XEXE Gallery and Hang Man Gallery in Toronto, as well as DNA Artspace, ArtLab Gallery, and with McIntosh Gallery's community residency in London, ON. She earned her BFA from NSCAD University, and MFA from the University of Western Ontario.
ONLINE: Still Life Painting

This ONLINE course is quiet but exciting. The art of still life painting can be traced back to classical antiquity and remains the subject of choice by many contemporary artists. It is the art of painting common objects, like fruit, flowers and household ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and faculty member at TSA since 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. Her studio practice ranges from collage making to painting and drawing. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition; identity, social roles, both subjectification and objectification of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has had solo and group exhibitions across Iran and Canada. Akhavan received the ICCC grant in 2016, won the second rank prize of Iranian Contemporary Painters held in Art Residency in Qeshm Island in 2013. 2017, MFA, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada 2013, BFA, Painting and Drawing, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Painting Foundations

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of painting. Working primarily from direct observation of still life arrangements, as well as through demos and slide presentations, students will learn about painting materials, value, colour, ...


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

NOTES: Brian lives and works in Toronto. He has been painting and exhibiting for over a decade and his work can be found in public and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe. His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane: the everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes that surround him that are frequently overlooked. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and has recently completed a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto.
Studio Painting 2 & 3

Studio Painting 2 & 3 will introduce large-scale painting approaches to works greater than 20" x 24".

Approaches to painting in both oils and acrylics will be discussed and demonstrations will be done by the instructor in acrylic. Emphasis will be ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
5-week courses
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. 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.
The Painters' Studio

This course focuses on expanding the student’s ability to work independently and creatively, with the support and mentorship of the instructor. Students can work with images or abstractions; this will be addressed on a one-on-one basis with the instructor. The course wil...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
5-week courses
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. 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.
Urban Landscape Painting

This course will introduce students to the tradition and practice of urban landscape painting. We will explore historic and contemporary approaches to painting the dynamic landscape of urban space. Working from sketches and photographic reference, students will learn how ...


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

NOTES: Brian Harvey lives and works in Toronto. He has been painting and exhibiting for over a decade and his work can be found in public and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe. His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane: the everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes that surround him that are frequently overlooked. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and has recently completed a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto.
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