3-day workshops

Spring and Summer terms allow TSA students to explore diverse art media in these workshops over 3-day bursts of energy. These condensed yet comprehensive workshops allow students to focus on unique approaches to various disciplines. Three-day workshops are occasionally offered in the Fall or Winter terms as well.
Drawing Basics

This workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, including: contour, gesture, value, perspective, and composition. It is a step-by-step approach to studying line, form, tone, composition and content. The assignments evolve gradually from simple studies of ...


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Absolute Beginners
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3-day workshops

Drawing with Ink

Investigate a centuries-old and graphically exciting medium. This workshop will focus on the use of India ink for drawing. India ink permits a huge range of possible textures and appearances, from ultra-crisp and graphically bold black and white images through to ultra-soft la...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
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3-day workshops

Experimental Embroidery

During this class we will explore stitching as a drawing technique by learning machine stitching, free motion embroidery, applique and hand embroidery to create a vocabulary of stitched marks. By combining stitch, ink and a variety of fabrics, we will create layered images and...


LEVEL:
All Levels
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3-day workshops

Life Drawing: Structural Bodies

The focus of this three-day workshop is the representation of the human figure as a 3-dimensional form in space. Using basic principles of perspective, participants will analyze a variety of short and long poses with an eye to more accurately conveying volumes and relative pos...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

Organica: Dye/Stain/Stitch

Organica: Dye/Stain/Stitch is an experimental 3-day workshop which explores the possibilities of dyeing and staining papers and fabrics with a wide range of unusual organic materials. Students will collect materials such as rusted metals, tea, coffee, spices, flowers, foliage,...


LEVEL:
All Levels
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3-day workshops

Painting Boost from Art History: Inspirations, Themes, and Variations

Artists from antiquity to the present have borrowed intuitively or intentionally from pre-existing traditions and models, whether from their own immediate contexts or from more distant cultural, geographical, or historical ones.  

Examples range from the reworki...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: It is recommended that students should have some prior painting or drawing experience. Students may paint in any preferred painting medium, e.g. acrylics, watercolour, gouache, oil, or mixed media. (Oil painters: only odourless mineral spirits allowed as a solvent.)
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:
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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.
Powdered Graphite and Acrylic Glazes

Following a technique utilized by the instructor Brian Burnett, students will learn via demonstrations how to paint with powdered graphite mixed with acrylic mediums and then glazed with transparent acrylic layers of colour. Students will be drawing from personal foundation sk...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: It is recommended that students have previous drawing and painting skills for this workshop. This is not appropriate for the absolute beginner.
Thick over Thin in Acrylics

In this three-day workshop we will look at the application of a thin paint “Imprimatura” layer with thick paint “Impasto” using acrylic colours, plus mediums, Heavy Gel and Molding Paste to extend the paint’s thickness. “Imprimatura” c...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: Previous drawing and painting skills are essential for this workshop. This is an acrylic techniques workshop. This is not appropriate for an absolute beginner.
WIPEOUT

While mastery of historical painting techniques can be an end in itself, sometimes combining traditional methods with wild and inventive approaches can be very inspiring. A traditional WIPEOUT style of painting allows you to establish composition, to broadly push and pull...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

Wire Sculpture

In this course students will learn to create sculptures from a variety of wire using pliers and wire cutters. An introduction to wire sculpture will be provided showing examples of small and large size sculptures. Students will learn how to safely handle material and tools in ...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

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