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
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.
Acrylic Painting Incubator

A studio 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 confidence to see an idea through...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Prerequisite: A comfortable level of understanding in acrylic painting techniques.
Colour Mixing

Based in colour theory and the primary colour palette, this hands-on course focuses on developing proficient and accurate colour mixing. Through structured exercises and practice, students will develop their ability to make intuitive choices regarding saturation, temperature a...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
10-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour language skills. No class on Good Friday
Contemporary Chinese Brush Experiment

Learn a variety of techniques through unique bamboo brush art materials including line, stroke, wash and various contemporary experiments. Discover another understanding and existence of the art world. Unblock creativity guided by the character of materials and hands-on studio...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses

Contemporary Impressionism in Acrylics

Impressionism is an extremely popular historical style. Characteristics of Impressionist painting include visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, the ...


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

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
8-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
9-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
8-week courses

NOTES: Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed.
Figure and Portrait Painting

Students will explore observational Figure and Portrait Painting in poses that last one to two weeks. The focus is on alla prima gestural painting that captures character after preparing a solid foundation of good proportion and body structure. Using oil or acrylic, t...


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

NOTES: Students should have had recent instruction in introductory painting as well as a recent figure drawing course. This course puts the two together in a dynamic atmosphere. No class held Monday, February 19, 2018 for Family Day.
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

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
Fluid Acrylic Painting

This course will focus on the use of GOLDEN or TRI-ART Fluid Acrylics to achieve stained, poured and flowing effects. We will incorporate the use of a variety of substrates such as Absorbent Ground, Light Molding Paste, and Fibre Paste. We will also utilize some of the many ex...


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

Fundamental Oils

This introductory course will provide the beginner with practical and technical knowledge of oil paint. Taken in advance or as a compliment to Basic Painting, the course will familiarize students with oil colours, mediums and the properties specific to each. Dem...


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

NOTES: This course is a good precursor to taking Fundamental Oils 2 or Basic Painting.
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
12-week courses
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
12-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. SPRING NOTE: no class May 20
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
12-week courses
10-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. Section 104 No class on Good Friday
Introduction to Watercolour

This course will provide a fundamental approach to watercolour, for both the beginner and advanced student, with an emphasis on transparency, colour mixing, brushworks, washes and illumination while being true to the John Singer Sargent approach to the medium. Studen...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

Painting 1 and 2

This is an ongoing, mixed-level studio course with an emphasis on development and expansion of visual language skills. Students are encouraged to work on structured exercises that lead to developing individual projects. We will explore fundamental painterly concerns such as li...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Media: Acrylic or oil paint. Safflower oil or Walnut oil will be used for demos in this course. Please notify the office or instructor if you are allergic to walnuts.
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 the Clothed Figure

The form, structure, gesture and design opportunities of the clothed figure will be the primary focus of this observational course.  Topics will include various types of drapery and their visual properties, the shape of clothing and how clothing affects the shape of the b...


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

NOTES: Note: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting skills. In each class a life model will be present. SPRING NOTE: No class May 20
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.
Skin Deep: Acrylic Explorations

An acrylic “skin” is a dry film that can be made of acrylic paint or acrylic medium that is not attached to any surface. Fluid acrylics work well because the consistency allows for easy pouring and spreading. Skins can then be glued down flat with a medium or gel. ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
Studio Painting 2 and 3

Studio Painting 2 and 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 on deve...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting or Beyond Basic Painting course, or equivalent. Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed.
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 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

NOTES: It is recommended students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, or have some painting experience. Any demos will be done in acrylics. All paint mediums allowed; students can use either acrylics or oils. Oil painters are encouraged to engage in a safe studio practice using contemporary non-toxic oil mediums.
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.
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