• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Interdisciplinary

This ONLINE course is intended to provide students with a compositional skill set to supplement the development of their own personal images or work developed in other classes.

Course content includes: understanding the visual potential of the 2-dimensional picture plane, design opportunities that affect communication and interpretation of an idea/concept, visual aesthetics, and effectively using compositional variables and tools. Topics include: form/shape, scale, direction, placement, depth, space, density, visual hierarchy, content relationships, contrast and contradiction, development and effect of surface, media & mark and useful colour principles. This is not specifically a colour course, but necessary and useful applied colour principles will be presented.

Practical studio work will be a priority and students will be encouraged to work in the medium of their choice (drawing, painting, photography, digital). All media are welcome. Since we are not working in a studio, each student will determine their own subject matter as a launching point for creating images that are uniquely their own. Each session will include a lecture/discussion and image examples, plus a review of progress and feedback. Course work will range from short compositional studies, to reworking existing work and designing new ideas. Part of the class experience will be sharing content ideas and ways of approach that will foster a collaborative spirit, collective learning and sharing of ideas, images, opinions and inspiration.

Students working both representationally and abstractly are welcome.

Spring 2021: 6 Weeks: Base 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: 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.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
085Gillian IlesMay 19, 2021 to June 23, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Spring 2021
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
6-week courses$275.00

What you will learn

  • Understanding the 2 dimensional picture plane for composition, communication and interpretation of an idea/concept
  • Awareness of  composition options including form/shape, scale, direction, placement, depth, media, mark, colour and more
  • application of composition options to student's own medium and subject matter of choice
  • sharing content ideas and ways of approach that will foster a collaborative spirit, collective learning and sharing of ideas, images, opinions and inspiration.

Materials to Bring

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

For the first class:

Please have appropriate materials for doing many compositional roughs (up to 8 in total). These roughs can be drawings or paintings (e.g. media can be wet or dry media as suits the artist).  

Later in the course, more sustained images will be created through the reworking of existing work and creation of entirely new work.

Media and materials decisions are the student’s choice.  

Students are encouraged to work in and with the media that best compliments their own art-making practice.  

This can include: painting media (oil, water-mixable oil, acrylic, watercolour, and gouache), drawing media (dry – graphite, charcoal, conte, pencil crayon, pastel and wet-inks), collage, digital media and photography.

Students are welcome to change media throughout the course.