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
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.
Acrylic Explorations: Image Transfers

As producers and consumers in today’s vast image economy, contemporary artists freely adopt and adapt materials from many sources, re-purposing photographic images culled from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, television, films, personal and public arc...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: A comfortable level of understanding in painting and drawing is recommended.
Basic Painting Techniques

Basic Painting Techniques is designed for individual students who have little or no experience in painting. The primary focus will be to introduce paint handling and colour mixing in various practical exercises and hands-on painting projects. Each project will focus on a type ...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have a basic understanding of drawing or have completed Introduction to Drawing or equivalent.
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, October 8 for Thanksgiving (Fall term) or 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

NOTES: Winter term: No class March 30 for Good Friday.
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: Basics

This course will introduce students to the use and application of Fluid Acrylic Paint. It can mimic the look of watercolour and gouache as well as ink but with the benefits of retaining pigment intensity and clarity. Students will work on various types of paper to recreate the...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

Creative Photoshop Basics

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:
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-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 but not necessary.No class held Monday, October 8 for Thanksgiving (Fall term). No class held Monday, February 18 for Family Day (Winter term).
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

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

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

Drawing on Mylar

In drawing and painting circles, Mylar has become an ever-popular support.  Sometimes described as Polyester film, it is used by artists for its archival quality and impermeable surface.  These two factors plus its durability make it an ideal support for drawing base...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing or Painting course or have basic drawing skills.
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 Oils 1

This introductory course will provide the beginner with practical and technical knowledge of oil paint. Taken in advance or as a compliment to Basic Painting, the course will familiarize students with oil colours, mediums and the properties specific to each. Dem...


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

NOTES: This course is a good precursor to taking Fundamental Oils 2 or Basic Painting. No class held Monday, October 8 for Thanksgiving.
Fundamentals of Drawing for Youth (Ages 14-17)

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

NOTES: No class Saturday October 6, 2018 for Thanksgiving Weekend
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.
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.
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: Fast 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 d...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or equivalent. No class held Monday, October 8 for Thanksgiving.
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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have some experience with basic 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.
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: Reinventing the Landscape

The art of landscape painting remains a popular genre for many contemporary painters. Landscapes still have the power to engage and provide a platform for creative invention. Some artists continue to paint from life, while many others rely on photos as an image sourc...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, plus one of the following: Fundamental Oils or Fundamental Acrylics, or have some painting experience. MEDIA: Acrylics or Oils
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
12-week courses

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

NOTES: This class will incorporate and accommodate various skill levels. Returning students are welcome.
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: Fall term no class Saturday October 6, Thanksgiving Weekend; Winter term no class Saturday February 16, Family Day Weekend. Students will draw from a life model; model will wear athletic attire.
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