WINTER 2019 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.
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.
Abstraction in Oils

To abstract is to generalize.  This course is an appropriate follow-up to Fundamental Oils and Basic Painting Techniques.  It introduces students to a broad spectrum of abstract formats and provides an informative backdrop for stylistic approaches being practiced by ...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Fundamental Oils, Introduction to Painting, or have had some oil painting experience. This course is only offered in the Winter term. Appropriate follow-up courses include Intermediate Painting.
Acrylic Explorations: Wax Effects

Acrylic paint has the ability to mimic other materials. In this course students will explore how it can replicate the appearance of encaustic. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which either powdered pigments or oil paints are ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: A comfortable level of understanding in painting and drawing is recommended.
Artist Books and Multiples

This course examines the forms and function of books, zines, editions, multiples and printed matter across various disciplines in contemporary art and the relationship between an artist book and the artistic process. The course provides an overview of the development of the bo...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

Beyond the Flat: The Photograph as Material and Object

This course investigates the intersection of contemporary photography with sculpture, print, painting, drawings and new media. Since Conceptual Photography, artists have been challenging the ideas and implications of the image, pushing the boundaries of what can be considered ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Some knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are an asset. The Lab/Materials fee covers printing costs.
Botanical Painting

This course allows both the novice and intermediate-level student to practice painting skills related to botanical subjects. It is an appropriate follow-up to Basic Painting, Fundamental Oils and Fundamental Acrylics. The course provides opportunities for intimate and sustaine...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Note: No class held on Monday, Feb. 18 for Family Day.
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, 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.
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
8-week courses
10-week courses

Contemporary Impressionism in Acrylics

Impressionism is an extremely popular historical style. Characteristics of Impressionist painting include visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, the ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

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: 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
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

Etch a Sketch: Alternative Intaglio Printmaking

The course focuses on the traditional techniques of non-toxic intaglio printmaking including: etching, drypoint, and various processes including spit bite, sugar lift, aquatint, and more. This course will provide students with an understanding of the broad visual language of p...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Students approved by the instructor will have the opportunity to use the printmaking press during Open Studio times for a fee, however they must be approved by the instructor. Please check with the office for fees and studio availability. Students will be given an orientation on equipment safety and cleaning up procedures.
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

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

Figure and Portrait Painting

Students will explore observational Figure and Portrait Painting in poses that last one to two weeks. The focus is on alla prima gestural painting that captures character after preparing a solid foundation of good proportion and body structure. Using oil or acrylic, t...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Students should have had recent instruction in introductory painting as well as a recent figure drawing course. This course puts the two together in a dynamic atmosphere. No class held Monday, February 19, 2018 for Family Day.
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
12-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.
Fluid Acrylics: New Surfaces

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

Fundamental Oils 2

In this twelve-week course, students will apply a range of application techniques introduced in Fundamentals Oils 1.  Painting projects will migrate back and forth from two-dimensional images to real-life subjects commonly seen in still-life subjects. Via demos and visual...


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

NOTES: No classes , Monday February 18, Family Day
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.
Intermediate Watercolour

This course offers the experienced painter the opportunity to further their studies in watercolour and explore more complex watercolour strategies using still-life, landscape and figure painting.


Tuition $475 | Materials fee $45 | ...


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

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. 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
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: Light, Shadow and Expression

Ranging from dramatic to subtle, the interplay of light and shadow is a key expressive element in drawing. In this 6-week course, we will focus on the role value in communicating mood and information within drawings.of the human form  Making use of long and short poses, w...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

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 strongly recommended that students have prior experience with 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.
March Break Intensive: 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

Narrative Painting: The Still Life

How can one tell a story through objects?  This painting course explores creating personal still life compositions in order to expand students’ painting repertoire while constructing narrative.  Still life painting is an important observational exercise as well...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: No class held on Monday, Feb. 18 for Family Day.
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 the Clothed Figure

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


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

NOTES: Note: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting skills. In each class a life model will be present.
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.
Photography Project Workshop

This course will investigate the creative process of developing a photographic project.  We will explore varying ways to convey ideas and concepts through your own personal photography.  There will also be reflection on historic and current photographic bodies of wor...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

Photoshop Abstractions

Photoshop has come a long way since it's first appearance as colour correction software. Today artists are using the medium to create stunning digital artwork of their own including digital abstractions. Photoshop's broad array of tools, filters and techniques opens th...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Students should have a basic knowledge of Mac/PC computers. Basic Exposure to Adobe Photoshop is helpful, but not essential.
Photoshop for Artists

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:
6-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.
Pre-Digital Surface Design

This eight-week course explores a range of pre-digital surface design techniques from around the world. While being introduced to both the historical and contemporary contexts, students will learn several different ways to create pattern on paper and textiles. We will use a va...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

Professional Studio: The 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 ar...


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

NOTES: We are pleased to announce the Fall 2018 TSA Faculty teaching team alongside Saroja Ponnambalam featuring: Tobi Asmoucha, Celia Neubauer, Gillian Iles, and Amanda McCavour.
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

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 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.
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: There will be no class Saturday February 16, Family Day Weekend. Students will draw from a life model; model will wear athletic attire.
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
12-week courses

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