SUMMER 2018 Courses

Dedicate 3 hours a week to studio time at TSA in our 6- or 8-week courses, or choose a full-day studio experience in one of our 3-day workshops or 1-week intensives to strengthen your technical skills or expand your creativity. Whether you are an absolute beginner or experienced artist, TSA offers a supportive studio environment to strengthen technical skills, find inspiration, and deepen your studio practice this summer.
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.
Anatomy and Figure Drawing

This course is structured for students with previous life-drawing experience who want to gain a deeper understanding of body structure as it pertains to figure drawing. The course incorporates elements of anatomy, kinesiology, and drawing practice in order to enhance understan...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing or have basic drawing skills.
Animation in Film (Ages 14-17)

Celebrate character design and animation by bringing your characters together in a short animated group film.

Students will learn to design their own characters and then learn the basic principles of animation. They will see their characters come to life and then com...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
Summer Art Camps for Youth

NOTES: Each day will have a 1-hour lunch break.
Architectural Drawing and the Constructed Environment (Ages 14-17)

Explore the interesting world of architecture through drawing and city tours. This course introduces students to the basics of drawing architecture including technical drawing with an emphasis on perspective and spatial strategies. Through the discussion of contemporary and hi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
Summer Art Camps for Youth

NOTES: Basic drawing skills required. Each day includes 1-hour lunch break.
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

Digital Sculpting with ZBrush 1 and 2

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:
6-week courses

Drawing: An Experimental Approach

This drawing course addresses non-traditional techniques and provides uninterrupted time for creative exploration in mark-making using mixed media. Through intensive and sustained investigation, students will explore varying methods for image development and determine how acci...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing or have basic drawing skills.
Drawing Basics

This workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, including: contour, gesture, value, perspective, and composition. It is a step-by-step approach to studying line, form, tone, composition and content. The assignments evolve gradually from simple studies of ...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

Drawing for Animation (Ages 14-17)

Discover the exciting world of animation. This course introduces students to basic animation principles as well as the process of creating effective animated characters and dynamic storyboards. Learn how to design and illustrate animated characters through a variety of stylist...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
Summer Art Camps for Youth

NOTES: Each day includes 1-hour lunch break.
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

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
Experimental Drawing Concepts

This course is designed to introduce the experience of creatively exploring experimental materials, processes, methods, and ideas in contemporary drawing practice. Particular emphasis is given to drawing as discovery, experimentation and its expanding vocabulary, its gestures ...


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

NOTES: No class August 6 for Civic Holiday. This is a 7-week course.
Figure and Portrait Painting (Summer)

Students will explore observational Figure and Portrait Painting through 2 poses lasting 4 weeks each.  Proportion, shape, value, light and colour theory both in reference to the portrait and the body will be discussed. Using Oil or acrylic paint, various method of applic...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: A nude model will be used. This course is ideal for those with recent life drawing AND basic painting experience who wish to start figure painting.
Figure and Small Object Casting

This course covers the casting of objects and clay sculptures into a permanent material such as plaster, resin and cold cast metals. The course will guide students through the entire process of turning a clay model into a solid, lasting sculpture, as well as cre...


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

NOTES: Students must bring an existing figure sculpture or object of their own to cast. This course is an appropriate follow-up course to the Figure Sculpture course, or equivalent. Students should focus on 1 project to ensure they get through the whole moulding and casting process. Students may use extra materials if desired; the instructor will keep track and office will invoice them.
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 Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, including contour, gesture, value, perspective, foreshortening, surface treatment, and composition. Emphasis will be placed on learning to see and experience the world from the artist’s viewpoint. C...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
Summer Art Camps for Youth

NOTES: This course is appropriate for all levels including introductory to intermediate. It is also a good preparation class for 693 Life Drawing for Teens.
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

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

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.
Life Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of life drawing, including: proportion, composition, shape, gesture, line, and value. This course is designed to expose the student to several different methods and approaches to contemporary life drawing and it’s a...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
Summer Art Camps for Youth

NOTES: This course is appropriate for all levels including introductory to intermediate. All models will be dressed in summer athletic wear or equivalent. Each day includes 1-hour lunch break.
Life Drawing: Structural Bodies

The focus of this three-day workshop is the representation of the human figure as a 3-dimensional form in space. Using basic principles of perspective, participants will analyze a variety of short and long poses with an eye to more accurately conveying volumes and relative pos...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

Mix it up: Drawing, Collage and Mixed Media (Ages 11 - 13)

This fun and challenging course for 11 to 13 year-olds offers young artists an exciting opportunity to develop and expand their drawing skills and to explore collage and mixed media processes.  Each class will be structured with drawing fundamentals taught primarily in th...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
Summer Art Camps for Youth

NOTES: Each day includes 1-hour lunch break.
Painting Boost from Art History: Inspirations, Themes, and Variations

Artists from antiquity to the present have borrowed intuitively or intentionally from pre-existing traditions and models, whether from their own immediate contexts or from more distant cultural, geographical, or historical ones.  

Examples range from the reworki...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: It is recommended that students should have some prior painting or drawing experience. Students may paint in any preferred painting medium, e.g. acrylics, watercolour, gouache, oil, or mixed media. (Oil painters: only odourless mineral spirits allowed as a solvent.)
Painting: City Experience

The city is a diverse and complex environment ever changing with a high level of intensity, ongoing construction and frantic pace. Seldom in this environment do you find a peaceful and less hectic pace other than in our city Parks. These patches of green space provide a grassl...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives

NOTES: Students will paint outdoors in Toronto parks as well as in the TSA studio. One-hour lunch break included each day.
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
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.
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.
Scrape, Push and Pull: Acrylic Explorations

The act of pulling and scraping paint is often associated with the work of Gerhard Richter who drags, smears, and scrapes layers of wet paint, leaving tracks of his movements across the surface and then covering them up. The aim of this course is to explore methods associated ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives

NOTES: Suitable for students who have some experience with Acrylic Paint.
Sculpture Explorations (Ages 11 -13)

This course is designed for 11 to 13 year olds and will offer a variety of materials (wood, paper, wire, clay, etc.) to build, construct and sculpt 3-dimensional objects, sculptures and masks. The process of idea-finding as well as documenting the finished artwork will be done...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
Summer Art Camps for Youth

NOTES: Each day includes 1-hour lunch break.
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.
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.
Youth Art Studio (Ages 14-17)

This fun and exciting course allows students ages 14-17 to explore their imagination and sample various techniques with a hands on approach in traditional and contemporary methods, ultimately find their own voice through the arts. Through (life) drawing, painting, sculpture/ob...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
Summer Art Camps for Youth
12-week courses
Summer Art Camps for Youth

NOTES: Students will draw from a life model; model will wear athletic attire. Winter term: No class Saturday February 17, 2018 for Family Day Weekend.
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