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.
ONLINE: Colour Mixing

Based in colour theory and the primary colour palette, this 8 week hands-on ONLINE course focuses on developing proficient and accurate colour mixing. Through structured exercises and practice, students will develop their ability to make intuitive choices regarding satura...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Kyla Brown is a Toronto based artist, educator and writer. She works in a project driven practice that includes community based works, subtle public interventions, drawing-installation and video works. Exploring mapping as a material practice, Brown’s work focuses on navigating city space, particularly in Toronto and London, Ontario. She has shown at the Khyber Centre for the Arts and the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Art Mur in Montreal, XEXE Gallery and Hang Man Gallery in Toronto, as well as DNA Artspace, ArtLab Gallery, and with McIntosh Gallery's community residency in London, ON. She earned her BFA from NSCAD University, and MFA from the University of Western Ontario.
ONLINE: Contemporary Impressionism: Acrylics

ONLINE: Contemporary Impressionism in Acrylics     

Impressionism is an extremely popular historical style. Characteristics of Impressionist painting include visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in all its changin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Tina Poplawski has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1993. Poplawski has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec and New York. Two galleries in Toronto, the V. MacDonnell Gallery and Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art, have represented Poplawski. Her work is found in North American and European collections both corporate and private. She is the recipient of many awards, including numerous Ontario Art Council Grants. Her work focuses on textured paintings, sculptural objects and paper works arranged into multi-faceted installations. She has been negotiating the cultural residue of war through her art practice for many years, leading her to a fascination with “debris” found in the botanical world.
ONLINE: Drawing as a Contemporary Practice

This 8 week ONLINE course is designed to give students a better idea of the wide spectrum of the possibilities of contemporary drawing. What are artists doing with drawing today? Projects are geared towards expanding students’ notions of drawin...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Kyla Brown is a Toronto based artist, educator and writer. She works in a project driven practice that includes community based works, subtle public interventions, drawing-installation and video works. Exploring mapping as a material practice, Brown’s work focuses on navigating city space, particularly in Toronto and London, Ontario. She has shown at the Khyber Centre for the Arts and the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Art Mur in Montreal, XEXE Gallery and Hang Man Gallery in Toronto, as well as DNA Artspace, ArtLab Gallery, and with McIntosh Gallery's community residency in London, ON. She earned her BFA from NSCAD University, and MFA from the University of Western Ontario.
ONLINE: Figure Painting

This is an ONLINE course where only clothed figure models will be used. Instead of posing live online however, the instructor will photograph the models at the TSA studios and email a selection of poses to all class participants. This allow...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
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: Illustrator / Photoshop

This introductory level 8 week ONLINE 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...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-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.
ONLINE: Inner Works: Artist's Studios

This is a new and exciting course for TSA. With the aim of inspiration and encouraging artistic growth, Iris Haeussler will invite up to 6 students into her studio (ONLINE via ZOOM) to learn about her work, creative environ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
8-week courses
7- weeks courses

NOTES: 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. She 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, and PSM Gallery, Berlin, Germany. She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.
ONLINE: Life Drawing: Figure in Context

Beauty, Identity, Power, Spirit and Belief, Sex and Gender, Emotion Embodied, The Body’s Limits, Bodies and Space, The Abject Body, The Absent Body.... all will be explored in this ONLINE Life Drawing 

LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Martha Eleen, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art since 2004. Her own works explore the relationship between culture and landscape. Eleen’s paintings are represented in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the US, Mexico and Japan. Her work has received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publications. She is currently represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
ONLINE: Life Drawing: Figure in Context Part 1

Beauty, Identity, Power, Spirit and Belief, Sex and Gender, Emotion Embodied, The Body’s Limits, Bodies and Space, The Abject Body, The Absent Body.... all will be explored in this ONLINE Life Drawing 

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

NOTES: Martha Eleen, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art since 2004. Her own works explore the relationship between culture and landscape. Eleen’s paintings are represented in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the US, Mexico and Japan. Her work has received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publications. She is currently represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
ONLINE: Painting 1 & 2

This is an ONLINE, mixed level, process based painting 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 pai...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Martha Eleen, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art since 2004. Her own works explore the relationship between culture and landscape. Eleen’s paintings are represented in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the US, Mexico and Japan. Her work has received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publications. She is currently represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
ONLINE: Painting Flowers

In this 8 week ONLINE 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...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Matthew Tarini is an oil painter who’s subject matter consists of cityscapes, still life, landscapes and figurative work. Matt has been an instructor at Western University and the University of Alberta and has taught workshops across the country. He has done private and public commissions, including portraits for University of Toronto and Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. He has appeared on the television show, Star Portraits and has done both solo and numerous group shows across Canada, including a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Calgary. His work is in collections throughout Canada and internationally.
ONLINE: Portfolio Development

 


ONLINE / with some IN-PERSON: Learn how to prepare and edit a body of work to create a portfolio for entry into various post-secondary studio art and design programs. This dynamic ONLINE course offers students valuable insigh...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-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 TSA since 2005. She's also 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: Portrait Drawing

This ONLINE course will introduce beginner and intermediate level students to the basics of drawing portraits from observation. Working with a variety of models, we will investigate the 'landscape' of the human head: the layout of faces and the particulars of...


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

NOTES: Instructor Thomas Hendry, is a Toronto-based artist and has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. His drawings, shown in numerous exhibitions, use the means of traditional art to create contemporary images, images that address the beauty, mystery and complexity embodied in the human form. In addition to teaching at TSA, Thomas is an instructor at Sheridan College and has taught at The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, through the TDSB and OCAD Outreach Program.
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