8-week courses

TSA's Summer term is 8 weeks long. Take a course then (we have A/C!) or try an 8-week course when offered in other terms. We offer some of our courses in a shorter, more accessible calendar of eight weeks. This format includes courses for various levels, and in a range of disciplines: drawing, mixed media, painting, sculpture, photography and digital courses. Eight-week courses offer students a more condensed, but still comprehensive, hands-on learning experience.
3D Anatomy/Figure Sculpture

The course is an in-depth study of artistic anatomy through clay sculpting. We will be working from the life model, skeleton, anatomical models and charts. Old master drawings and sculptures will also be introduced. Students will learn how to see beyond the skin surface and st...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
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NOTES: Previous experience sculpting with clay is recommended but not a must.
Beyond the Surface: A Contemporary Approach to Drawing

This course examines the link between drawing, material and space, with a key emphasis placed on contemporary approaches to drawing. Students will reconsider the relationship between the drawn surface and the conceptual/physical concepts of form, space and display. The followi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginning and/or Intermediate Drawing, Mixed Media.
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 ...


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Intermediate
LENGTH:
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NOTES: No class August 6 for Civic Holiday. This is a 7-week course.
Figure and Portrait Painting (Summer)

Students will explore observational Figure and Portrait Painting through 2 poses lasting 4 weeks each.  Proportion, shape, value, light and colour theory both in reference to the portrait and the body will be discussed. Using Oil or acrylic paint, various method of applic...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
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8-week courses

NOTES: A nude model will be used. This course is ideal for those with recent life drawing AND basic painting experience who wish to start figure painting.
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...


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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. SPRING TERM: For #443 with Joe Hambleton, no class held Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day. For #932 with Tobias Williams, no class on May 9.
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. MONDAY CLASSES: Spring term: No class May 21 for Victoria Day.
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
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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:
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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...


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Absolute Beginners
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NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. The spring 104 section will have a nude life model.
Life Drawing 2: The Body, Clothing, and Costume

This 10-week course will focus on drapery and clothing on the human form. Beginning with a review of key principles of figure drawing (gesture, mass) with nude models, the course will look at the how fabric behaves on the human form. Key types of folds will be reviewed, and mo...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
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NOTES: While the majority of the course will be drawing people dressed, there will be some use of nude models as well.
Life Drawing: Long 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.

Poses will be 10 minutes to 1 hour in length. They will adapt to the wishes...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or equivalent.
Painting Trees

The depiction of trees is a subject many artists have painted throughout history.  Its beauty, majesty and symbolism continues to be relevant for many contemporary artists.  The likes of John Constable, Emily Carr, Georg Baselitz, and Kim Dorland have reflected on it...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
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