WINTER 2018 Courses

In the Winter term, TSA offers over 50 daytime, evening, and Saturday courses in a range of disciplines with both traditional and contemporary approaches. Find a course suitable for absolute beginners to experienced artists. TSA also offers youth programming on Saturdays and a March Break intensive for teens.
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

NOTES: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour-language skills. Winter term: Note no class held Thurs., March 14. Make-up session to be held on April 5.
Contemporary Water Media Techniques: New Surfaces

This course will integrate the use of acrylic emulsions and substrates such as Gesso, Matte Medium, Molding Paste and Absorbent Ground with High Flow Acrylics. Working towards enlarging the scale of our pictures we will also utilize some of the many exciting contemporary compo...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
8-week courses

Experimental Drawing

This drawing course addresses  a combination of traditional and non-traditional techniques with various media and ground preparation exploring mark making, texture, line, colour and composition on different supports, creating abstract and representational work.  Thro...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

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

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. SPRING TERM: No class held Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day
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

NOTES: No experience necessary. This course also covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used. MONDAY CLASSES: Winter term: No class February 19 for Family Day. Spring term: No class May 21 for Victoria Day.
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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Spring term, Monday section: No class May 21 for Victoria Day.
March Break Camp for Teens: Life Drawing for Animation (Ages 14-18)

Bodies in motion, bodies at rest… an understanding of the structure and movement of the human body is one of the most useful elements in the toolkit of animators, cartoonists - and anyone creating imagined or narrative artworks.

This week-long workshop is inte...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives

NOTES: 1-hour lunch break each day. Students will draw from a life model; model will wear athletic attire.
Mixed Media: Textiles

This six-week course provides a basic introduction to textile processes and techniques associated with surface design and fabric manipulation as a means of expressing ideas. Practical work is complemented by key critical, historical and theoretical information, which assists t...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

Painting the Clothed Figure

Students will explore observational figure painting through three poses of a clothed model, the pose length will be a three-week, four-week and a five-week pose consecutively. We will discuss proportion, shape, value, light and colour theory, both in reference to the understan...


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

NOTES: Students should have previous life drawing and painting experience.
Papercutting and Collage

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 maps a...


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

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

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.
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

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