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
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NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course and have some experience with acrylic paint.
Acrylic Basics: First Steps

 

This course offers an introduction to this extremely versatile and forgiving paint. Students will learn how to mix acrylic pigments with basic acrylic mediums and gels. Mediums and gels offer the artist a world of control in changing acrylic colours, extending...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

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

NOTES: Prerequisite: A comfortable level of understanding in acrylic painting techniques.
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 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
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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: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving) Winter Term: 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 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

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)
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
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12-week courses
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6-week courses
12-week courses

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

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
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. Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving)
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
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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 Acrylics

This foundation course will introduce students to the important relationship between acrylic pigments and acrylic mediums and gels. It will demonstrate how these emulsions can provide a finer technical and visual result. Mediums and gels offer the artist a world of control in ...


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

NOTES: As of Fall 2018: See course "Introduction for Acrylic Painting."
Fundamental Oils

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
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: This course is a good precursor to taking Fundamental Oils 2 or Basic Painting. Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving)
Fundamentals of Drawing for Youth (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. Classe...


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

NOTES: No class Saturday October 12, 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:
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: This course uses Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. 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. Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving) Winter Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (Family Day)
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:
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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
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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
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NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Section 104: No class on Good Friday.
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: 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. Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving)
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: 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: 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: (No class July 17) 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: 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 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:
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 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)
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.
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:
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, 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
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.
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: No class Saturday October 12, Thanksgiving Weekend. Students will draw from a life model; model will wear athletic attire.
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