Spring 2020 Courses

Freshen up technical skills and revive your creativity in the studios this Spring. Whether you are looking to try something completely new or expand your practice in a supportive environment, TSA offers a range of 10-/8-/6-week courses plus a series of exclusive 3-day workshops suitable for all levels of experience.
3D Anatomy/Figure Sculpture

This course is an in-depth study of artistic anatomy through clay sculpting. We will be working from a live model, skeleton, anatomical models and charts. Old master drawings and sculptures will also be introduced. Students will learn how to see beyond the skin surfa...


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

NOTES: Previous experience sculpting with clay is recommended but not a must.
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:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Basic Prerequisite: Tina Poplawski’s Fundamental Acrylics and Contemporary Abstraction or an intermediate level of understanding in acrylic paint and mediums.
Animal and Imaginary Sculpture

Students will learn how to go from a concept design or conceptual vision to the creation of a finished sculpture. The subject matter will range from animal sculpture to imaginary figurative sculpture. Various sculpting styles will be considered going from realistic to loose an...


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

NOTES: This course accommodates both beginner and advanced students. Figure sculpture experience is recommended but not essential.
Botanical Drawing at Allan Gardens

This course allows both the novice and non-beginner to practice drawing skills related to botanical subjects. Taken in advance or as a compliment to watercolour painting, this course provides opportunities for intimate and sustained examination of flowering plants as well...


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

NOTES: No Class on May 18, 2020 (Victoria Day).
Ceramic Elements

Students will be taught the fundamentals of handbuilding and basics of wheel throwing to create basic cylinders and bowl shapes as well as trimming techniques for these forms. Each class will include a demonstration of a new throwing and handbuilding technique. Glazing will be...


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

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 Stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on-site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (Note: all clay used at TSA must be purchased from TSA).
Ceramics: Learn to Throw!

Potter and teacher Raymond Chau will teach a course focused on throwing on the potter's wheel. This is a mixed level course for students at any level of experience. Learn and build skills in throwing, trimming technique, surface decoration and glazing. ...


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

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stonewear clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additonal bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA)
Ceramics: Surface Decoration and Design on Clay 1

Learn, explore and experiment with surface decoration on clay. In this class you will learn how to add texture, colour and develop your own voice with the materials while learning a wide range of techniques that can be applied in all stages of working in clay.

T...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
5-week courses

Ceramics: Surface Decoration and Design on Clay 2

This course is a continuation of the Surface Decoration and Design on Clay 1 but is also suitable as a standalone course. Learn, explore and experiment with surface decoration on clay. ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
5-week courses

Ceramics: Throwing Fundamentals

This course will focus on the basic techniques of throwing on the potter's wheel. Students will learn the techniques to create basic shapes and functional designs on the wheel. Learn how make cups, bowls, vases and other simple forms. For those with a little more expe...


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

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additonal bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA)
Ceramics: Throwing on the Potter's Wheel

This class is designed to introduce students to throwing with clay on the pottery wheel. Students will be able to make a number of pieces that can be functional or decorative. A basic understanding of the ceramic process will be covered, from wedging to firing. Skills that wil...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: The $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stoneware clay (20 lbs.), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA).
Cityscape Painting

In this course, students will look at a variety of historic and contemporary approaches to cityscape painting in order to create interesting and dynamic paintings of their own. As a class we will explore some of the city, create sketches and take photographs. Students will the...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: No Class on May 18, 2020 (Victoria Day).
City Sketching

Field sketching is closely connected to the education of architects and designers. Through this medium, we can deconstruct complex facades, analyze assembly and proportional systems, express the attributes of a particular place, and translate observations onto paper. The class...


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

NOTES: This is a field sketching course, exploring Toronto architecture. Class 1 and class 4 will be held at the TSA.
Collage Explorations 2

This course is intended for students who have successfully completed Collage Explorations 1 (or equivalent), 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...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
9-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 collage experience. Winter Term 2020: NO CLASS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (Family Day) Spring Term 2020: NO CLASS MONDAY MAY 18 (Victoria Day)- Instructor unavailable to teach 2 weeks in May. Exact dates TBD. Course will extend to June 29.
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.
Creating Acrylic Skins

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:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses

Cut/Tear/Fold

In this course, we will explore the potential to manipulate and transform paper through cutting, folding and tearing processes. We will look at the origins of these paper arts, from Chinese paper cutting and paper folding in Japan, to Victorian Silhouette work and beyond....


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops
8-week courses
9-week courses

NOTES: INTRODUCTORY TO INTERMEDIATE LEVELS. Spring 2020: Instructor unavailable to teach 2 weeks in May. Exact dates TBD. Course will extend to June 23.
Digital Drawing and Painting with Corel Painter

This course is designed to suit the needs of Fine Art students who wish to create digital drawings and paintings using a computer. Corel Painter has many unique digital brushes and textures that mirror the look and feel of their traditional counterparts. In-depth tutorials wil...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Pre-requisite and/or advisory skills: Basic knowledge of Mac computers or Microsoft Windows as well as Photoshop, basic drawing and painting skills and a desire to develop personal works of art using digital tools.
Digital Environment and Matte Painting Workshop

Concept artists who can design and paint environments and backgrounds are frequently in demand within the entertainment industry.  In this 4 session introductory workshop (12 hours), students will learn the steps of creating a digital environment. Through a combinati...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
4 week workshop- Sundays

NOTES: Recommended prerequisites: Introduction to Drawing, Perspective and Painting and a strong basic understanding of Photoshop. This course uses Adobe Create Cloud Suite and iMacs in TSA’s digital lab. A basic understanding of Mac computers and Mac OS 10x or experience with Microsoft Windows is needed.
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
10-week courses
6-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

Drawing and Collage

Drawing and Collage is an innovative class for beginner students who wish to develop their skills in the foundations of drawing in combination with explorations in collage. This course combines the fundamentals of representational and expressive drawing with the collage proces...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
10-week courses
9-week courses

NOTES: No experience necessary. Students will draw from a nude model during one class. Spring 2020- Instructor will be unavailable to teach for 2 weeks in May- exact dates TBD. Course will extend through June 26th.
Drawing as a Contemporary Practice

This course is designed to give students a better idea of a wide spectrum of the possibilities of contemporary drawing. What are artists doing with drawing today? Projects are geared towards expanding students’ notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. Tradi...


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

NOTES: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginner and/or Intermediate Drawing, Mixed Media.
Drawing with Ink

Investigate a centuries-old and graphically exciting medium. This workshop will focus on the use of India ink for drawing. India ink permits a huge range of possible textures and appearances, from ultra-crisp and graphically bold black and white images through to ultra-soft la...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

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
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
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
6-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Notes: No experience necessary. Any entrance fees or transportation costs are the responsibility of the student. Spring Itinerary will involve a studio visit (artist to be announced). Public Galleries: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Power Plant, Ryerson Image Centre, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Koffler Gallery, Museums at U of T, OnSite Gallery. Artist Run Centres: A Space, Mercer Union, YYZ, Gallery 44, Open Studio, TPW, Gallery 1313. Private Galleries: Angell Gallery, Erin Stump Projects, Division/Arsenal Gallery, Daniel Faria Gallery, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Olga Korper Gallery, MKG127, Paul Petro Gallery, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Cooper Cole Gallery, Franz Kaka Gallery, Georgia Scherman Gallery, Birch Contemporary, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Feheley Gallery, Jane Corkin Gallery, Patel Gallery, Dianna Witte Gallery. Collective Galleries: Red Head Gallery, Propeller Gallery.
Experimental Drawing

This course is a continuation of the Winter 2020 Term of Experimental Drawing and welcomes current and new students to further explore the possibilities of drawing. This drawing course addresses a combination of traditional and non-traditional techniques with various...


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

Explorations in Composition

This 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 prin...


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

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
10-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.
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
6-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This is an acrylics painting course - demos will be done with acrylics.
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
10-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.
Figure Sculpture: Portrait and Facial Expressions

This figure sculpture course will be focusing on portrait and facial expressions working from the life model and using a step-by-step classical approach. This course is for those who wish to gain a stronger understanding of human head proportions, structure, expressions and an...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of experience.
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 Ceramics

Learn techniques for handbuilding and throwing on the potter's wheel. Beginners and those with some clay experience will become acquainted with handbuilding techniques such as pinch pots, coiling, soft and hard slabs building, additive and reductive decoration techniq...


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

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on-site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (Note: all clay used at TSA must be purchased from TSA)
Fundamental Ceramics 2

Practice and advance your techniques for handbuilding and throwing on the potter's wheel. This course is designed as a follow-up to an introductory level ceramics experience. Develop handbuilding techniques building on the basics of coiling, soft and hard slabs buildi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: For throwing students a basic knowledge of working on the wheel including 'centering' skills is required.
Fundamental Ceramics - Friday Nights

Suitable for absolute beginners to intermediate level makers. 

Learn how to create with clay or expand your skills. Through instruction and exploration of hand building methods such as pinch pots, coiling, slab building and wheel throwing techniques, you wi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site.  Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA)
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:
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This course uses Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. 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.
Intermediate Ceramics

This class is designed for people who have had a little bit of experience with clay and want to develop their skills. Hand-building and throwing techniques will be covered, including demonstrations on how to make larger vessels, vases and plates. Students will learn how to mak...


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

NOTES: The $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 6 stonewear clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA).
Intermediate Life Drawing

This course is designed to help students build confidence and sensitivity in their depictions of the human form. Beginning with review of the fundamentals of figure drawing, the course will move towards increasingly long poses. Students will be encouraged to work large, a...


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

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

This course is the best way to begin your artistic journey! Through in-class exercises and demonstrations, students will explore observational drawing, learning how to see, how to translate light and shade, positive and negative space, capture gestures using line, volume,...


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
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
5-week courses
10-week courses
5-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: No experience necessary. An element of this course includes 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
6-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 equivalent. A nude model will be used in this course.
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.
Introduction to Painting (SP20)

This course is process based.  Students will produce a series of painting that investigate the fundamental components of visual language, such as: ways of seeing, values, colour and composition, spatial relationships, underlying structure and layering, surface qualities.&...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.
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
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. Spring Term 2020: NO CLASS ON MAY 18 (Victoria Day)
Life Drawing 2: The Body, Clothing, and Costume

This ten-week course will focus on drapery and clothing on the human form. Beginning with a review of key principles of figure drawing (gesture, mass) with nude models, the course will look at how fabric behaves on the human form. Key types of folds will be reviewed, and model...


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

NOTES: While the majority of the course will be drawing people dressed, there will be some use of nude models as well.
Life Drawing: Short Poses

This course covers the essentials of life drawing in a dynamic format of expressive poses. It is ideal for beginners wanting to establish good technique in proportion, structure and movement and for the aspiring animator. Poses are up to 20 minutes long. It is designed to...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or equivalent.
Lightroom: From A-Z

This course introduces students to all of Adobe Lightroom’s possibilities—from importing and organizing to making global and local corrections. Students begin by creating a Lightroom catalogue and arranging their digital files within it. They then delve into creati...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Intro-Intermediate. Prerequisite: For beginners, however, Mac computer familiarity or literacy is required.
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
8-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 CC Suite.
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
3-day workshops
6-week courses
8-week courses
3-day workshops

NOTES: This course uses Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. 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. 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: Using the Used, Found and Natural Object

Our homes, public spaces and nature are full of amazing objects and surfaces which can form the basis for beautiful and intriguing mixed media art works. Photos, memorabilia, old newspapers, leaves and bark, magazines, music scores, maps, wrappers, discarded household items&nb...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NEW Culinary Ceramics

Explore the junction of culinary form and function in clay. 

Wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques will be explored to create mugs, dishes, bowls, serving plates, specialty pieces such as casseroles, steamers, double walled forms, large bowls and more....


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
7- weeks courses

NOTES: $45 materials fee includes a bag of Cone 5/6 stoneware clay (20lbs), all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA)
NEW Youth Art Studio: Sketching & Drawing- Museum & Gallery Hop (13-17)

This course is geared towards teenagers from 13 to 17 years. We will be visiting art galleries and museums as well as outdoor public art in Toronto, exploring various art historical and contemporary sculpture and installations through drawing and sketching, journaling, collagi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Sites include the AGO, ROM, Historical Distillery District, Harbourfront Galleries and Power Plant Gallery, Downtown Public art in and around buildings and more. Public transportation will be used for all field trips - please bring TTC fare.
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
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Medium: 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: Gold Leaf with Acrylic

This 3 day workshop focuses on the technique of using GOLD LEAF with acrylic paint.

Students will learn different techniques and applications applying to gold leafing. Through demonstrations, experimentation and still life set up students will have the choice to expe...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

Painting Portraits

Working directly from the model, 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, proportion, value, colour, shape, form and edges. ...


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

Painting Trees

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 its symbolism and potential for...


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

NOTES: Students should bring the following for the first day of class: - pad of newsprint - vine or willow charcoal sticks - kneaded eraser, plastic eraser - Digital Camera or smartphone
Photographing Artwork with Your Cellphone

Artists need images of their artwork. They need them for creative reference, their personal archives, submissions to galleries and granting institutions. In the past this involved employing a professional photographer… Expensive. Or doing it yourself… Troubl...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
1-day workshop

NOTES: Bring your cell phone or iPad/tablet/laptop and a tripod (if you have one). Workshops are held on SUNDAYS at TSA from 9:30 - 4:30 (one hour lunch break between morning and afternoon session).
Photoshop for Artists

This introductory course teaches the basics 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 students the principl...


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

NOTES: This course uses Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. 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. Winter Term 2020: No class held Monday, February 17 (Family Day).
Portrait Sculpture Workshop: Sculpt Along

In this new experimental workshop, students will have the opportunity to sculpt along with sculptor Olga Nabatova. During this 4-week workshop, students will create a realistic portrait sculpture from start to finish. Olga will work from the m...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
4 week workshop- Sundays

NOTES: Introduction to Life Drawing or equivalent is recommended as a prerequisite.
Sketching in a Blink

This course opens up the world of journal sketching and drawing. Students will sketch shifting subjects in busy environments – e.g. the fleeting images of a movie, moving objects like animals, cars and people in public spaces, or in a moving streetcar or while walking. T...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Field trips will form a large part of this course; students will be responsible for their own transportation and some associated costs.  The course content may change depending on the weather conditions, faculty and class decisions. You will be notified of any changes.
Structural Drawing

Examine the “building blocks” of the complex world around you. Intended for novice-but-committed or intermediate-level students, this 8-week course is more analytical than expressive in its approach. The focus is on rendering a convincing depiction of three-dimensi...


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

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


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

NOTES: It is recommended that 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 e...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: This course uses Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Students should have basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or experience with Microsoft Windows.
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
10-week courses

NOTES: This class will incorporate and accommodate various skill levels. Returning students are welcome.
Watercolour Woodblock Printmaking

This is a comprehensive course exploring relief printmaking techniques on wood, using watercolour and Yamamoto Rice paste. During the course, students will learn how to register their images on the blocks, cut their images into the blocks, prepare paper for printing, and print...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Please come with ideas for projects.
Wire Sculpture

In this course students will learn to create sculptures from a variety of wire using pliers and wire cutters. An introduction to wire sculpture will be provided showing examples of small and large size sculptures. Students will learn how to safely handle material and tools in ...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

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

NOTES: Students will draw from a life model; model will wear athletic attire.
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