• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Digital Arts & Photography

This ONLINE course investigates the intersection of contemporary photography with sculpture, print, painting, drawings and new media. This class is a combination of slide lectures, group critiques and technical demonstrations with accompanying weekly assignments and readings. 

Since Conceptual Photography, artists have been challenging the ideas and implications of the image, pushing the boundaries of what can be considered a photograph. The inherent qualities of the medium will be explored in this class as it brings together a group of stylistically diverse but similarly innovative artists. Students are guided through technical demonstrations to alter photographs including paper folding, cutting, embroidery, surface treatments and digital interventions.

Beginning with the waning days of conceptual art, this class presents a wide variety of artists including Matthew Brandt, Marco Breuer, Alison Rossiter, Letha Wilson, Sigmar Polke, Julie Cockburn, Jessica Eaton, and Gerhard Richter— all of whom have reconsidered and reinvented the role of light, color, composition, materiality, and subject in both analogue and digital photography.

Spring 2021: 6 Weeks: Tuition: $275

TSA will deliver this course using ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697


Notes: Instructor Jessica Thalmann has been teaching at TSA since Spring 2018. She is an artist, curator and educator currently based in Toronto and New York City. She received a MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard College and a BFA in Visual Arts from York University and has worked at numerous galleries in Canada and the US. Thalmann has taught at the International Centre for Photography, Akin Collective, MacLaren Art Centre, Toronto School of Art, Gallery 44 and City College of New York. She has shown at various venues in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City including the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Flash Forward Festival, Gallery TPW, Angell Gallery, Art Spin, Hashtag Gallery, Whippersnapper Gallery, Nuit Blanche, the Artist Project, VIVO Media Arts Center, Aperture Foundation, International Centre of Photography, Photoville, Camera Club of New York and Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair.
* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • A variety of paper folding and surface manipulation techniques
  • How to think beyond the 2D surface of the photograph using unusual materials such as thread, objects, wood etc...
  • How to create series based on self-directed/structural projects in photography
  • Exposure to installation, sculpture and painting as a means to activate photographs
  • Tactics and strategies preparing work for exhibition
  • Learning historical and contemporary artists working in experimental photography

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases incase you need to return any materials.

  • PVA Acid-free glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Metal ruler with cork backing
  • Exacto knife (scalpel) with extra blades
  • Bone Folder (small)
  • Cutting matte
  • Acid free white artist tape (Proartist, get ½ inch if possible)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needles
  • Pencil
  • Photographs, slides, negatives, clippings from magazines or newspapers, archival family albums or any kind of images you want to work with.