FALL 2018 Courses

TSA's Fall term offers over 50 daytime, evening, and Saturday 12-/8-/6-week courses in a range of media and specialized techniques taught by a faculty of passionate, practising artists.
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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course and have some experience with acrylic paint.
Acrylic Explorations: Image Transfers

As producers and consumers in today’s vast image economy, contemporary artists freely adopt and adapt materials from many sources, re-purposing photographic images culled from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, television, films, personal and public arc...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: A comfortable level of understanding in painting and drawing is recommended.
Basic Painting Techniques

Basic Painting Techniques is designed for individual students who have little or no experience in painting. The primary focus will be to introduce paint handling and colour mixing in various practical exercises and hands-on painting projects. Each project will focus on a type ...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have a basic understanding of drawing or have completed Introduction to Drawing or equivalent.
City Sketching: Studying Architectural Ornaments

Sketches of the built environment are analytical drawings that generally convey an overall image. We do these drawings to gain a greater understanding of the nature of the man-made and natural landscape. To capture and convey the essence of a place, such drawings must be execu...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Please be advised there will be no class, Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Collage Explorations

This fun and challenging course will introduce the fundamentals of  transforming papers through paper cutting processes and creating a wide range of collage works. We will work with a variety of intriguing papers and collage materials such as photo-based imagery, vintage ...


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

Collage Explorations 2

This course is intended for students who have successfully completed Collage and Papercutting, and who wish to further their explorations. Students will work with found images, objects and text in combination with drawing, painting and a wide range of mixed media to c...


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

NOTES: This course is an appropriate follow-up to the introductory "Collage Explorations" course. If students have not taken this, they should have equivalent previous experience. No class held Monday, October 8 for Thanksgiving (Fall term) or Monday, February 18 for Family Day (Winter term).
Collage Journals, Travelogues and Altered Books

This course explores the process of creating collage journals, travelogues and altered books using a wide range of collage and mixed media processes. It is an exploration of the relationship of image, text and personal narrative in the sketch book form. This course focuses on ...


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

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:
8-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour-language skills. Winter 2019 term: no class March 14.
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
10-week courses

NOTES: This course has been rescheduled to Saturday afternoons (originally offered on Thursday afternoons). Detailed instruction and demonstrations are provided. Professional mounting techniques are also covered. No experience required.
Contemporary Techniques for Abstract Painting

Creative application and unique handling of paint is integral to abstract painting but is typically underdeveloped by fledgling painters.  This is unfortunate considering that this skill is an artistic one that highlights individuality and contributes to a painting’...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for both acrylic and oil painters.
Contemporary Water Media: Basics

This course will introduce students to the use and application of Fluid Acrylic Paint. It can mimic the look of watercolour and gouache as well as ink but with the benefits of retaining pigment intensity and clarity. Students will work on various types of paper to recreate the...


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

Creative Photoshop Basics

This introductory course is designed for first-time users of Adobe Photoshop. Through project based, hands-on exercises, students will explore the tools and techniques used to draw, paint, and manipulate images. Collage effects using various tools and layers will teach student...


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

NOTES: This course uses Adobe CS6 Master Collection. Students should have basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or experience with Microsoft Windows. Basic knowledge of Photoshop is also recommended but not necessary.No class held Monday, October 8 for Thanksgiving (Fall term). No class held Monday, February 18 for Family Day (Winter term).
Digital Sculpting with ZBrush 1

ZBrush is the leading digital sculpting software in the industry. ZBrush feels very much like traditional sculpting and allows for limitless creativity. This course is geared towards beginner and intermediate students who wish to gain a solid foundation in digital sculpting. B...


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

Drawing as a Contemporary Practice

This course is designed to give students a better idea of a wide spectrum of the possibilities in contemporary drawing, and how it can inform their own work. Assignments will be geared toward expanding the student’s notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. ...


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

NOTES: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginning and/or Intermediate Drawing, Mixed Media.
Drawing for Painting

This is a process-based course that integrates drawing skills with a painting practice. Drawing is vital to painters as a tool for exploring ways of seeing, working out composition and its abstract structure, colour values and relationships, image development, and space percep...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: This class would be useful to visual artists of all levels. It is helpful if students have prior experience in drawing and painting classes, e.g. Introduction to Acrylics or Oils, or have attended Open Life Drawing/Painting sessions.
Drawing: Hands, Feet and Faces

This course is designed for students who wish to continue their development of figure drawing techniques by practicing anatomy for artists. Drawing from the model, students will focus on heads, hands and feet and examine the bones, muscles and tendons. Classes are structured a...


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

Drawing on Mylar

In drawing and painting circles, Mylar has become an ever-popular support.  Sometimes described as Polyester film, it is used by artists for its archival quality and impermeable surface.  These two factors plus its durability make it an ideal support for drawing base...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing or Painting course or have basic drawing skills.
Experiencing Contemporary Art: Gallery Hop

Explore a spectrum of contemporary art through gallery tours, suggested readings and a studio visit with a guest artist. This dynamic course will facilitate the understanding and interpretation of contemporary art by introducing students to some of the themes, issues and struc...


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

NOTES: No experience necessary. Any entrance fees or transportation costs are the responsibility of the student.
Exploring Contemporary Fibre Art

This course is intended for students who would like to explore new materials and ways to make work. Each week we will study the practice of a contemporary artist that uses textile and fibre materials and processes and use their techniques and concepts as a jumping off point fo...


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

NOTES: All levels of experience are welcome.
Figure Sculpture

Employing the classical approach, students will develop their sculptural and observational skills. Students will learn about armature building, materials and tools for sculpting. This course will follow a step-by-step approach to figure sculpting and will allow students to dev...


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

NOTES: This introductory level course is suitable for beginners and intermediate sculptors. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
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

NOTES: This course is a good precursor to taking Fundamental Oils 2 or Basic Painting. No class held Monday, October 8 for Thanksgiving.
Fundamentals of Drawing for Youth (Ages 14-17)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing. Emphasis will be placed on observational drawing, the development of perceptual skills and technical facility, as well as the exploration of drawing as an expressive medium and conceptual tool. Through in-clas...


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

NOTES: No class Saturday October 6, 2018 for Thanksgiving Weekend
Illustrator/Photoshop

This introductory level course focuses on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, the industry standard software programs used by artists and designers alike. All aspects of Illustrator will be introduced, and students will learn how to create vector illustrations, edit and impo...


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

NOTES: This course uses Adobe CS6 Master Collection. Basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or extensive experience with Microsoft Windows. Basic knowledge of Photoshop.
Intermediate Drawing

This course is designed to further develop the student’s observational drawing skill set. Through in class projects students will work toward completed drawings with various types of dry media on various surfaces. Topics will include dry media and surface exploration, 2-...


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

NOTES: This course is intended for students who have some experience with drawing, it is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing, or have basic drawing skills. A nude model will be used. WINTER TERM: No class held Monday, February 18, 2019 for Family Day.
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

NOTES: Suitable for beginners & intermediate students.
Introduction to Drawing

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing. Emphasis will be placed on observational drawing, the development of perceptual skills and technical facility, as well as the exploration of drawing as an expressive medium and conceptual tool. Through in-clas...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: No experience necessary. This course also covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Introduction to Life Drawing

This course emphasizes basic drawing skills in gesture, contour, and tone. It is designed to teach students the skills necessary to render the figure in three dimensions, in both wet and dry media. Instruction in surface anatomy and proportion is included. Class sessions will ...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course or equivalent. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
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

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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. The 804 section will have a nude art model.
Introduction to Portrait Drawing

This course provides students with a foundation of drawing skills, initially using black and white drawing media and later some colour media, such as soft pastels. During the first part of the course, learning the "landscape" of the human head and face is the fo...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.
Life Drawing 2: Drawing Better Bodies

Push your drawing up a notch or two!  This six-week course has it’s focus on refining and building the technical aspects of drawing the human form.  Using a combination of short and longer poses working from life models, we will work on further developing the s...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken the Introduction to Life Drawing course or have equivalent and recent life drawing instruction.
Life Drawing 2: Materials Exploration

Expand your drawing toolkit. The materials of drawing - the media used and the support they are drawn onto - -are vital considerations in art-making. Each type of media can impart a different `feel’ to the work produced, and using better-quality art materials helps produ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: This course makes an excellent complement to Figure Drawing 2: Drawing Better Bodies. It is intended for any students with prior life drawing experience. It is recommended that students have taken the Introduction to Life Drawing course or have equivalent and recent life drawing instruction.
Life Drawing: The Figure in Context

This course contextualizes the use of the figure in art. The relationship of the figure to the surrounding space will be explored as a means to develop and expand on visual language skills. The model will engage with constructed and local environments to create compositional a...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have some experience with basic life drawing.
Life Painting 1 and 2

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

NOTES: This is a mixed level course. 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.
Magic Hour: Urban and Street Photography

With its range of architectural styles, quirky neighborhoods filled with rich cultural diversity, and vernacular histories, Toronto has become one of the most photographed cities, much like New York City. Using film or digital cameras, students will create a body of work featu...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: A digital camera of any type is essential for this course and some knowledge of computers is helpful but not essential.This course uses Adobe CS6 Master Collection.
Mastering the Digital Image

Digital cameras are everywhere. Everyone takes pictures. Images are shared in every form of social media. In this rush to record every single moment of our lives something has been left behind. Quality. Image quality. Print quality. And creativity. Digital images are pretty fa...


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

NOTES: This course uses Adobe CS6 Master Collection. Basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or experience with Microsoft Windows. At the completion of the course the class will present their work on the course blog and have one of their images professionally printed.
Mixed Media

Mixed media is a visual art form that allows the artist to use a variety of mediums to create an art piece. Exploration of a wide range of materials and techniques is emphasized in this six-week course. Students can combine drawing, painting and collage with a wide range of pr...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: No class May 11.
Narrative Still Life

How can one tell a story through objects?  This painting course will explore creating personal still lifes in order to expand students’ painting repertoire and construct narrative.  Still life painting is often an important observational exercise; in this cours...


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

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: Reinventing the Landscape

The art of landscape painting remains a popular genre for many contemporary painters. Landscapes still have the power to engage and provide a platform for creative invention. Some artists continue to paint from life, while many others rely on photos as an image sourc...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, plus one of the following: Fundamental Oils or Fundamental Acrylics, or have some painting experience. MEDIA: Acrylics or Oils
Perspective Drawing

Through in class lecture, exercises and projects, both with rulers and free hand drawing, this course will examine the principals of one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective, as well as the most common perspective problems encountered by artists and the...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
3-day workshops
12-week courses
10-week courses
3-day workshops
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing or have basic drawing skills. This course will also reference perspective and the human form, nude model will be used.
Portfolio Development

Learn how to prepare and edit a body of work to create a portfolio for entry into various post-secondary studio art and design programs. This dynamic course offers students valuable insight on what constitutes a successful portfolio, and the technical support to strengthen the...


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

NOTES: An interview is required prior to registration. Please contact the office for booking and registration: 416-504-7910 | info@tsa-art.com. No class on Monday, Oct. 8 for Thanksgiving.
Professional Studio: Practical Guide for Artists

Professional Studio guides emerging artists through the development of the skills necessary to enter the art community beyond the school environment. Topics covered will be how to: Put an art practice plan into action, write an Artist Statement and CV, document and archive art...


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

Sculpture Explorations: Material and Form

This course is an introduction to a broad range of approaches to object making. Through image presentations, demonstrations and hands-on work time in the studio, students will develop technical skills using both traditional and non-traditional materials. These materials includ...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

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

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.
Video Editing

This introductory level course focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of video editing with the Adobe Premiere Pro software. Through tutorials and projects students will learn how to create SD and HD video projects. All aspects of Premiere Pro will be thoroughly explore...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: This course uses Adobe CS6 Master Collection. Basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or extensive experience with Microsoft Windows. Basic knowledge of Photoshop. No class August 6th due to Civic Holiday.
Watercolour 1 and 2

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

NOTES: This class will incorporate and accommodate various skill levels. Returning students are welcome.
Weaving and the Physical Properties of the Line

This eight-week course is about exploring the physical properties of the line and the possibilities of constructing tangible objects using linear material with textile construction approaches. Specifically, we will be experimenting with the technique of weaving & interlaci...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

Youth Art Studio (Ages 11-13)

923 Youth Studio is a visual art course designed for 11-13 year olds. Through drawing, painting, printing, collage, and 3-dimensional work, students will be introduced to various techniques and media in order to develop their own artistic language and expression. This includes...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Fall term no class Saturday October 6, Thanksgiving Weekend; Winter term no class Saturday February 16, Family Day Weekend. Students will draw from a life model; model will wear athletic attire.
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