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.
NEW! ONLINE: Abstract Painting 1

In this ONLINE course, students will experiment with mark-making, layering, colour control and some modification strategies. We will explore the fundamentals of tone and colour (and its relationship to surfaces) with a focus on the relationship between what we...


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Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Lori-Ann Bellissimo joins TSA as a Guest Artist, teaching from her home in Devon, UK. Generally described as a colourist, she is rooted in modern design but her most recent work is reductive. She also maintains a studio in Toronto, Canada. Her artwork is in collections both private and public such as Barclays Bank, PWC, MGM and in many international hospitality destinations.
ONLINE: Art & Life During COVID

This ONLINE 6 week course is experimental. Its nature is not instructional, but rather inspired by our individual approaches. We will look into our artmaking during pandemic times: what does it mean to us, what is it giving...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Iris Häussler is known internationally for her unsettling, immersive narrative installations that she creates for her fictitious characters and sets in place in collaboration with museums, art institutions and galleries. Her wax-works and her ongoing practice of sketching define her more intimate studio practice. Iris Häussler studied at the Academy of fine Arts in Munich, Germany, and has lived and worked in Toronto since 2001. The artist has received awards and grants including the Karl-Hofer Prize (Berlin), the Kunstfonds Fellowship (Bonn), the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.  She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.
ONLINE: Beginner Lightroom

This ONLINE course introduces students to all of Adobe Lightroom - the industry standard for asset management and photo editing. This class will cover a range of the application’s possibilities, from importing and organizing files, folder hierarchies, to making glob...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Jessica Thalmann is an artist, curator and educator currently based in Toronto and New York City. She received a MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard College and a BFA in Visual Arts from York University. She has worked at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto International Film Festival, C Magazine, the Art Gallery of York University and Yossi Milo Gallery. Thalmann has taught at the International Centre for Photography, Akin Collective, MacLaren Art Centre, Toronto School of Art, Gallery 44 and City College of New York. She has shown at various venues in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City including the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Flash Forward Festival, Gallery TPW, Angell Gallery, Art Spin, Hashtag Gallery, Whippersnapper Gallery, Nuit Blanche, the Artist Project, VIVO Media Arts Center, Aperture Foundation, International Centre of Photography, Photoville, Camera Club of New York and Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair.
ONLINE: Botanical Drawing & Mixed Media

This 6 week ONLINE course is designed for students who want to learn how to draw botanicals and explore the possibilities of drawing and collaging with a variety of wet and dry media including ink, water colour, pencils and pencil crayons. We will be working with leaves, flowe...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Tina Oehmsen-Clark has been working as an artist and art educator since the early 80s and 90s, respectively. She has been teaching Youth Studio, Portfolio Development, Drawing and Sculpture/Media Explorations at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. Tina also is an art catalyst in a special program at Avondale Secondary Alternative School. Oehmsen-Clark’s work is an exploration of sound and music and visual art, including audio, drawing, sculpture, performance and sound installation. Her work has been shown and awarded in Germany, Denmark and Canada and most recently been exhibited at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, IndexG and Robert Kananaj Gallery.
ONLINE: Classical Portrait Drawing

This ONLINE course will introduce students to classical techniques of portrait drawing through the fundamentals of observational drawing and an understanding of anatomy. Using photo references and sketchpads as the main media, students will learn how...


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

NOTES: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since summer 2018. Previously, she taught the Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity; social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada.
ONLINE: Classical Portrait Painting

This ONLINE course introduces classical techniques of portrait painting, focused on realism. Students may use oils or acrylics. The instructor will introduce the materials she uses (oils) and provide insight as to her choices. She will demonstrate techniques and stud...


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

NOTES: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since summer 2018. Previously, she taught the Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity; social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada.
ONLINE: Colour Theory & Colour Mixing

This ONLINE Colour Theory/Mixingcourse will focus on painting projects geared toward teaching colour harmonies and colour theory to better understand and control the outcome of colour mixing. The projects teach the colour theor...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Roberta McNaughton has degrees from both the Ontario College of Art and Guelph University. She received her Master's of Fine Art in the Interdisciplinary Arts, Media, and Design program at OCAD University in 2015. ​Her work has been exhibited in both public and commercial galleries in Toronto, throughout Ontario and abroad. McNaughton's paintings are in many private and corporate collections. They are also in the collection of the National Archives in Ottawa. She has received several Ontario Arts Council grants including a mid-career grant in 2013.
ONLINE: Composition: Learning to See Creatively

Composition is the one key transferable skill that all artists, regardless of medium, should master in order to create truly meaningful and relatable work. 

With good composition you can tell a story and control the audience's mood, but it's not eas...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Lindsey Rosenow is a Toronto-based Artist who has been teaching in Toronto for the last 6 years.  She has taught film making, stop motion and classical animation, script writing, camera editing and video game design at the Toronto International Film Festival. And at the Animation Portfolio Workshop, topics included Gesture Drawing, Structure Drawing, Anatomy, Character Design, Perspective, Layout Design, Composition, Animation for beginners, and Storyboarding. Currently, Lindsey is working freelance with a focus on design jobs for animation as a layout artist and prop designer. Lindsey is a big believer in progressive learning - she values transferable skills over singular assignments, making sure that all lessons work cohesively with one another.
ONLINE: Drawing Basics

This  ONLINE beginner's course will help students to get started drawing realistic and three-dimensional forms. Through online demos, slide shows and images, students will learn observational drawing techniques combined with tradit...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
4 Weeks
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since the Summer term of 2018. Previously, she taught Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity, social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in both Iran and Canada.
ONLINE: Introduction to Painting

This ONLINE course for beginners aims to give the participants an understanding of some of the fundamental elements of painting an image - whether a person, landscape or still life. In this course we will focus on Still Life, Landscape and Portrait.

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

NOTES: Tom Campbell, a Toronto-based painter (now based in Stratford, ON), has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1989, with teaching stints at Sanford Fleming College, Sheridan College and the ROM. Since 2000, he has also travelled to the Aegean island of Ikaria every other spring to teach at the Ikarian Cultural Centre. Campbell had his first major one-man show at Gallery Stratford in 1985, won the Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery prize for painting and joined the stable of artists at the Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto and Vancouver). More recently, other projects of interest have included painting the giant shipwreck mural for John Greyson’s feature film Zero Patience and painting a CD cover for alternative pop band Stars. On television, he was featured in “Artists in the Urban Environment” for Spectrum and Star Portraits, which aired on Bravo. His most recent exhibitions have been in Ottawa at the Galleria St Laurent + HilI and in C Word (Craft in the Fine Arts) curated by Richard Mongiat at The Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto.
ONLINE: Perspective Drawing for Beginners

Perspective for Beginners is an ONLINE introductory course to the fundamental perspective concepts and systems. This is a course appropriate for students with little to no experience with perspective drawing or students who need a refresher on basic perspective conce...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Lindsey Rosenow is a Toronto-based Artist who has been teaching in Toronto for the last 6 years.  She has taught film making, stop motion and classical animation, script writing, camera editing and video game design at the Toronto International Film Festival. And at the Animation Portfolio Workshop, topics included Gesture Drawing, Structure Drawing, Anatomy, Character Design, Perspective, Layout Design, Composition, Animation for beginners, and Storyboarding. Currently, Lindsey is working freelance with a focus on design jobs for animation as a layout artist and prop designer. Lindsey is a big believer in progressive learning - she values transferable skills over singular assignments, making sure that all lessons work cohesively with one another.
ONLINE Perspective Drawing (Intermediate)

This ONLINE course is an excellent companion and/or follow-up to a basic perspective course. It's focus is 1, 2, and 3-point perspective – centered around lessons that will help you to draw anything from graphic novels, fine art sketch...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Roberta McNaughton has degrees from both the Ontario College of Art and Guelph University. She received her Master's of Fine Art in the Interdisciplinary Arts, Media, and Design program at OCAD University in 2015. ​Her work has been exhibited in both public and commercial galleries in Toronto, throughout Ontario and abroad. McNaughton's paintings are in many private and corporate collections. They are also in the collection of the National Archives in Ottawa. She has received several Ontario Arts Council grants including a mid-career grant in 2013.
ONLINE: Structural Drawing: Dimension & Proportion

This ONLINE course is appropriate for anyone looking to make drawings that feel more three dimensional. In this course, students will learn how to confidently draw the five major forms and how to recognize them in every-day objects. Students wil...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Lindsey Rosenow is a Toronto-based Artist who has been teaching in Toronto for the last 6 years.  She has taught film making, stop motion and classical animation, script writing, camera editing and video game design at the Toronto International Film Festival. And at the Animation Portfolio Workshop, topics included Gesture Drawing, Structure Drawing, Anatomy, Character Design, Perspective, Layout Design, Composition, Animation for beginners, and Storyboarding. Currently, Lindsey is working freelance with a focus on design jobs for animation as a layout artist and prop designer.
ONLINE: Video Editing

This introductory-level ONLINE course focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of video editing with the Adobe Premiere Pro software. Through tutorials and projects using sample footage, students will learn everything they need to know to edit together and exhibit their o...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Tobias Williams is a Toronto based visual artist and Educator working in printmaking and digital media. His multidisciplinary art practice is concerned with exploring the relationship between society and technology. He graduated with an MFA from York University in 2013. He currently works as faculty at OCAD University, Humber College and TSA in Toronto. He has exhibited in group and solo shows both locally in Toronto and internationally. Recent exhibitions and events include “no name city” at the Art Gallery of Ontario, “Bad Geometry” at Project Gallery studios in Toronto, “Unkempt” a group exhibition which took place at MAW Guru located in lower Manhattan, and “Super Nova” a public screening series which took place in Denver. Tobias has received several awards and grants including a TAC Artists grant in 2014, an OAC artists grant in 2013 and the Don Phillips Scholarship at Open Studio in 2009.
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