12-week courses

Offered each Fall and Winter, TSA's 12-week courses provide the most in-depth instruction with 36 studio hours. TSA offers students a robust array of courses to choose from that will further develop their artistic vision and ability at any level of experience. Students benefit from a hands-on, studio-based curriculum led by passionate, professional artists. TSA courses are for adults (age 18+), and Youth Studio programs for youth ages 11–13 and 14–17.
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
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1-week Intensives
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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.
Abstract Painting: Introduction

To abstract is to generalize. But how does one take the leap from representational painting to abstraction? Strategies and methods vary from artist to artist, but one thing is certain, this transition does not happen overnight. The purpose of this course is to help students ma...


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 painting experience. This course is only offered in the Winter term. Appropriate follow-up courses include Intermediate Painting.
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

NOTES: Prerequisite: A comfortable level of understanding in acrylic painting techniques.
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
12-week courses

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

This course is for returning students who wish to work independently while they practice their painting skills related to botanical and landscape subjects. It is targeted for individuals who are beyond formative painting, but still appreciate modest assistance in technical app...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing, Introduction to Painting
Ceramics: Pottery for Beginners-Wheel

Learn how to throw on the pottery wheel with ceramic artist Jenanne Longman. 

A great introduction to pottery for absolute beginners and even those with a little clay experience!  Learn about clay, how to wedge, center, trim and create pottery using the whe...


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

NOTES: Materials Fee includes a bag of Cone 6, stoneware clay (20lbs) and all firing, use of glazes and tools. Only clay from TSA may be used.
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 m...


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

Collage Explorations 2

This course is intended for students who have successfully completed Collage Explorations 1, 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 create colla...


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

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. Fall Term 2019: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving) Winter Term 2020: NO CLASS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (Family Day)
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 between image, text and personal narrative in the sketch book form. This course f...


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

Contemporary Impressionism

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
1-week Intensives
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. No class on Monday Feb. 17, 2020 (Family Day)
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

NOTES: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginner and/or Intermediate Drawing, Mixed Media.
Drawing at the Starting Line

This beginner’s course helps you to use drawing as a part of your everyday life, quietly in a sketchbook, engaging with the world, filling walls with your spirit. Develop a language to draw from life, memory, imagination and storytelling. All the shortcuts, tips and tric...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Winter Term 2020- No class Feb 26, 2020- last class will be April 1, 2020
Drawing: Hands, Feet, 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
10-week courses
12-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
8-week courses
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 Feb. 17, 2020 -(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
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 molding 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
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 2

In this twelve-week course, students will apply a range of application techniques introduced in Fundamental 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 vi...


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

NOTES: No Class on Monday Feb 17, 2020 (Family Day)
Intermediate Drawing

This course is designed to further develop the student’s observational drawing skill set. Through in-class projects students will work towards making a transition from the observational approaches of figure drawing and still life to working from both photo sources and th...


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

NOTES: Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving) Winter 2020 Term: No Class FAMILY DAY- Feb 17, 2020
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.


Winter 2020: 12 Weeks-: Base tuition: $495 + <...


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

Introduction to Drawing

If you've been wanting to try drawing and haven't been sure where to start, this is a great way to learn the fundamentals. Through in-class exercises and demonstrations, students will explore observational drawing, learning how to see, how to translate light and shade,...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.
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
10-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.
NEW 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

NOTES: $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)
NEW Ceramics: Handbuilding Explorations

Students will explore a variety of ceramic handbuilding techniques to create ceramic art - functional, sculptural or decorative.  Techniques such as slip and score, pinching, rolling, draping and coiling will be demonstrated with special attention given to exploring textu...


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

NOTES: $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)
NEW Ceramics: Introduction to Handbuilding & Throwing

This class is designed to introduce students to hand-building and throwing with clay on the pottery wheel. Students will be able to make a number of pieces that can be functional, decorative or sculptural. A basic understanding of the ceramic process will be covered, from wedg...


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

NOTES: Materials Fee includes a bag of Cone 6, stoneware clay (20lbs) and all firing, use of glazes and tools. Only clay from TSA may be used.
NEW Ceramics: Learn to Throw!

Potter and teacher Raymond Chau will teach an Potter's Studio with instruction type concept course focused on throwing on the potter's wheel.  This student centered course is designed to assist students individually, at any level of...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses
12-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)
NEW Ceramics Throwing: Fundamentals

This fun 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 exper...


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

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)
NEW Open Printmaking Studio

This is an open session for both new and returning students to develop a body of work through dry-point, multiple plate images, using chine colle and monotype matrix's. Returning students can continue working on new and existing projects. (No etching will be offered.)

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

NEW Painting: Contemporary Strategies

This is a hands-on course that goes beyond mere skill building. Its purpose is to introduce various methodologies and representational strategies that have become prevalent in contemporary painting. Students will explore both abstract and representational modes of painting but...


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

NEW Painting Flowers

In this course, students will learn how to capture the beauty of a flower in paint. We will explore the fundamentals of flower painting including drawing, value, colour and edges and how to create interesting compositions. Students will work from life and photographs and ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving) Winter Term 2020: NO CLASS MONDAY FEB. 17 (Family Day)
NEW Portraiture: Mixed Media

This Mixed Media Portraiture class is designed for students of all levels, from beginners to those who have experience with portraiture and wish to explore new approaches with mixed media.  The goal is an exploratory approach in drawing and painting human portraiture from...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NEW Relief Printmaking

Using both linoleum and wood block, students will have the opportunity to explore relief printing in both black and white and in colour in both multiple blocks and reduction printing techniques. This will be done using oil-based inks with a vegetable oil/vinegar and water clea...


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

NEW Watercolour Figure Painting

This class is a comprehensive approach to painting the human form in both transparent watercolour as well as a mixed media approach using ink, crayon opaque colour, and rice paste. Working progressively from quick sketches, to developing sustained watercolours, student will ha...


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

Perspective Drawing

Through in-class lecture, exercises and projects, both with rulers and free hand drawing, this course will examine the principles 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:
10-week courses
12-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, a 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:
10-week courses
12-week courses

Skin Deep: Acrylic Explorations

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
12-week courses

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

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
8-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.
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

NOTES: No class Saturday October 12, Thanksgiving 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 finding their own voice through the arts. Through (life) drawing, painting, sculpture...


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