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
12-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.
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
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 Feb. 17, 2020 -(Family Day)
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
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
9-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
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-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.
ONLINE: Basic Principles of Painting

Learning how to paint can be an intimidating prospect. This 4 session ONLINE intensive course is designed to simplify the very basic principles of colour theory with realistic painting techniques. This comprehensive course sets out to clari...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
4 Weeks

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: Landscape Painting 5-Day Workshop

In this 5-Day workshop ONLINE  course, students will look to a variety of historic styles and contemporary approaches to landscape painting in order to establish their artistic voice. Students will work from a photo reference and exp...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
5 day workshop

NOTES: Instructor Matthew Tarini is an oil painter who’s subject matter consists of cityscapes, still life, landscapes and figurative work. His paintings are inspired by the beauty he sees around him, whether it is an enigmatic expression on a face, a van illuminated by a street light at night or a bouquet of peonies in the summer. 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. Matthew Tarini's Website http://www.matthewtarini.com/
ONLINE: Portrait Painting

In this 4 Week ONLINE course, working from photographs, students will learn the fundamentals of portrait painting with the goal of achieving strong likeness and evoking the expression and character of the sitter. Technical focus will be on anatomy, p...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
4 Weeks

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. Matthew Tarini's Website  http://www.matthewtarini.com/
ONLINE: Still Life 3-Day Workshop

This is an ONLINE 3 day workshop. Students will be provided with a dynamic still-life to work from for the three days: first creating small and quick composition studies; and moving into creating a fully finished and elaborate still-life paintin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at the 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 both in solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada.
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.
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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