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.
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...


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NOTES: This is a field sketching course, exploring Toronto architecture. Class 1 and class 4 will be held at the TSA.
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...


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NOTES: 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, Museums at U of T, OnSite Gallery. Artist Run Centres: A Space, Mercer Union, YYZ, Gallery 44, Open Studio, TPW, Gallery 1313. Private Galleries: Angell Gallery, Erin Stump Projects, Division/Arsenal Gallery, Daniel Faria Gallery, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Olga Korper Gallery, MKG127, Paul Petro Gallery, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Cooper Cole Gallery, Franz Kaka Gallery, Georgia Scherman Gallery, Birch Contemporary, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Feheley Gallery, Jane Corkin Gallery, Patel Gallery, Dianna Witte Gallery. Collective Galleries: Red Head Gallery, Propeller Gallery.
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...


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Introduction-Intermediate
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6-week courses
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Magic Hour: Urban and Street Photography

With its range of architectural styles, quirky neighborhoods filled with rich cultural diversity, and vernacular histories, Toronto has become one of the most photographed cities, much like New York City. Using film or digital cameras, students will create a body of work featu...


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NOTES: A digital camera of any type is essential for this course and some knowledge of computers is helpful but not essential. This course uses Adobe CC Suite.
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...


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Introduction-Intermediate
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3-day workshops
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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.
Mixed Media: Using the Used, Found and Natural Object

Our homes, public spaces and nature are full of amazing objects and surfaces which can form the basis for beautiful and intriguing mixed media art works. Photos, memorabilia, old newspapers, leaves and bark, magazines, music scores, maps, wrappers, discarded household items&nb...


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8-week courses

Photoshop for Artists

This introductory course teaches the basics 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 students the principl...


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Introduction-Intermediate
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6-week courses
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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. Winter Term 2020: No class held Monday, February 17 (Family Day).
The Humble Still Life

The depiction of still-life subjects can be traced back to Classical antiquity and remains a subject of choice by many contemporary artists. Its symbolism and potential for creative expression keeps it from being a tired form of investigation and personal discovery. This cours...


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Introduction-Intermediate
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6-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Paint media optional.  Experience with either oil or acrylic paints are recommended.
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