6-week courses

We offer some of our courses in a shorter, more accessible calendar of six weeks. This format includes courses for various levels, and in a range of disciplines: drawing, mixed media, painting, sculpture, digital courses and art history. Six-week courses offer students a more condensed, but still comprehensive, hands-on learning experience.
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.
City Sketching

Field sketching is closely connected to the education of architects and designers. Through this medium, we can deconstruct complex facades, analyze assembly and proportional systems, express the attributes of a particular place, and translate observations onto paper. The class...


LEVEL:
All Levels
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6-week courses

Digital Photography for Youth (Ages 13-16)

Students will learn the basics of digital photography through hands on technical instruction with a focus on artistic exploration. Camera functions, lighting techniques, file transferring and storing, Photoshop image manipulation, and printing will be explored. Students will l...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

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...


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Introduction-Intermediate
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Digital Sculpting with ZBrush 2

This level 2 course will take you to the next step of digital sculpting with ZBrush, the leading digital sculpting application in the industry. Going beyond sculpting the figure and organic subjects, we will be focusing on sculpting hard-surface mechanical objects such as prop...


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

NOTES: Prerequisite: Digital Sculpting with Zbrush Level 1 or Basic knowledge of ZBrush.
Experiencing Contemporary Art: Gallery Hop

Explore a spectrum of contemporary art through gallery tours, suggested readings and a studio visit with a guest artist. This dynamic course will facilitate the understanding and interpretation of contemporary art by introducing students to some of the themes, issues and struc...


LEVEL:
All Levels
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NOTES: No experience necessary. Any entrance fees or transportation costs are the responsibility of the student. Spring Itinerary will involve a studio visit (artist to be announced) Public Galleries: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Power Plant, Ryerson Image Centre, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Koffler Gallery, OnSite Gallery, Museums at U of T Artist Run Centres: A Space, Mercer Union, YYZ, Gallery 44, Open Studio, TPW Commercial Galleries: Angell Gallery, Erin Stump Projects, Division/Arsenal Gallery, Daniel Faria Gallery, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Georgia Scherman Gallery, Birch Contemporary Paul Petro Gallery Katherine Mulhurin Gallery, MKG127, Loon Gallery, Patel Gallery, Dianna Witte Gallery, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Olga Korper Gallery, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Cooper Cole Gallery, Franz Kaka Gallery/towards Collective Galleries: Red Head Gallery, Loop Gallery, Propeller Gallery
Experimental Drawing Concepts

This course is designed to introduce the experience of creatively exploring experimental materials, processes, methods, and ideas in contemporary drawing practice. Particular emphasis is given to drawing as discovery, experimentation and its expanding vocabulary, its gestures ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: No class August 6 for Civic Holiday. This is a 7-week course.
Explorations in Composition

This course is intended to provide students with a compositional skill set to supplement the development of their own personal images or work developed in other classes. Course content includes: understanding the visual potential of the 2-dimensional picture plane, design prin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

Expressive Paint Handling

Expressive paint-handling is one of the most important qualities of a good work of art. Neglecting the improvement of your brush skills will always hold back your painting progress.  The terms “expressive” or “gestural” are used to describe a metho...


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

NOTES: Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed.
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
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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
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12-week courses
6-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.
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...


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Absolute Beginners
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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
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NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course or equivalent. A nude model will be used in this course.
Mastering the Digital Image

Digital cameras are everywhere. Everyone takes pictures. Images are shared in every form of social media. In this rush to record every single moment of our lives something has been left behind. Quality. Image quality. Print quality. And creativity. Digital images are pretty fa...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
8-week courses
6-week courses
3-day workshops

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. At the completion of the course the class will present their work on the course blog and have one of their images professionally printed.
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
8-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. Basic knowledge of Photoshop is also recommended.
Video Editing

This introductory level course focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of video editing with the Adobe Premiere Pro software. Through tutorials and projects students will learn how to create SD and HD video projects. All aspects of Premiere Pro will be thoroughly explore...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-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. No class August 6th due to Civic Holiday.
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