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

This course is an in-depth study of artistic anatomy through clay sculpting. We will be working from the skeleton, anatomical models and image references. Students will learn how to see beyond the skin surface and start by sculpting the bone structure of the human body be...


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

NOTES: Florian Jacot is a visual artist who has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2009. As well as instructing at TSA, Jacot has been teaching figure sculpture, artistic anatomy, and figurative drawing and painting since 2004 at such schools as Max the Mutt Animation School, Artist 25 Studio, Centennial College and Sheridan College. Jacot works traditionally in fine arts and does freelance work digitally for the film and gaming industries. His work has been exhibited on several occasions in shows and galleries. In 1999, he received an award from The Sculpture Society of Canada for two of his sculptures.
Ceramic Foundations

Learn techniques for hand building and throwing on the potter's wheel. Beginners and those with some clay experience will become acquainted with hand building techniques such as pinch pots, coiling, soft and hard slabs building, additive, manipulating the clay and oth...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Natalie Waddell is a Toronto-based potter and Ceramic Artist. A student of the Sheridan College Ceramic Craft and Design program (2003), she has continued her studies by attending workshops lead by local and international ceramic artists and educators. Natalie has continuously explored and developed new bodies of functional and sculptural work. She is an active member of the Akin Artist Collective, the Toronto Potters Association, the Potters Guild of Hamilton and Region, FUSION: Ontario Clay and Glass Association and NCECA - the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and Craft Ontario.
Ceramic Foundations: Wednesday Afternoons

Learn techniques for handbuilding and throwing on the potter's wheel. Beginners and those with some clay experience will become acquainted with handbuilding techniques such as pinch pots, coiling, soft and hard slabs building, additive, manipulating the clay and other...


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

NOTES: Noel Yardley was born in Cape Town, South Africa. From a young age, Noel made toys from found materials in his environment. After completing high school, he registered for an Art Degree majoring in Ceramics and Sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, graduating in 1998. From his ceramic studio in Cape Town, he taught adult classes and created commissioned works for galleries, home décor shops and interior designers. He also worked as the production manager for ‘Art in the Forest’, a non-profit organization providing art and ceramic classes to underprivileged children. Noel has been involved in various trade shows and juried exhibitions such as the Emerging Creatives for the Design Indaba, Cape Town in 2011 and he was a solo exhibitor at the same event in 2014. He was also part of a specially selected artisan collective making functional handmade ceramics for a South African retail store. Noel’s work was featured in 100% Design in Johannesburg and was part of a group exhibition at Maison&Objet, Paris in 2016. His work can be found in private collections in Milan, Berlin and Norfolk, Virginia.
Ceramics: Learn to Throw!

Learn to throw on the potter's wheel with potter and teacher Raymond Chau. This is a mixed level course for students at any level of experience. Learn and build skills in throwing, trimming technique, surface decoration and gl...


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All Levels
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6-week courses
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8-week courses

NOTES: Raymond Chau has been a potter for almost 30 years. Born in Hong Kong, Raymond’s early interest in pottery lead him to research and study Chinese pottery, travelling to 3 different pottery factories in China to learn their techniques. After moving to Canada and earning a Computer Science Degree, he decided to move back to his first love and dedicate his time and energy to a combination of food and clay. He’s been a studio potter and teacher since the mid 1990’s, creating dinner and serving wear, large form bowls and other functional and sculptural works of culinary art. Raymond’s love of food is evident in all that he creates. These passions are inseparable. His ceramics instruction reflects that celebration at the intersection of food and ceramic arts.
Ceramics: Surface Exploration

Learn a combination of pottery techniques like pinching, slab work and throwing on the wheel. Beginners and those with clay experience will have the opportunity to combine these techniques to create a pot or sculpture. The focus of this course is to ...


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

NOTES: Noel was born in Cape Town, South Africa. From a young age, Noel made toys from found materials in his environment. After completing high school, he registered for an Art Degree majoring in Ceramics and Sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, graduating in 1998. From his ceramic studio in Cape Town, he taught adult classes and created commissioned works for galleries, home décor shops and interior designers. He also worked as the production manager for ‘Art in the Forest’, a non-profit organization providing art and ceramic classes to underprivileged children. Noel has been involved in various trade shows and juried exhibitions such as the Emerging Creatives for the Design Indaba, Cape Town in 2011 and he was a solo exhibitor at the same event in 2014. He was also part of a specially selected artisan collective making functional handmade ceramics for a South African retail store. Noel’s work was featured in 100% Design in Johannesburg and was part of a group exhibition at Maison&Objet, Paris in 2016. His work can be found in private collections in Milan, Berlin and Norfolk, Virginia.
Collage Journals and Altered Books

This course explores the process of creating collage sketchbooks and journals using a wide range of collage and mixed media processes. It is an exploration of the relationship of image, text and personal narrative in the sketchbook form.

LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses
1-week Intensives
12-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Donnely Smallwood, a multi-media installation artist, has taught at the Toronto School of Art since 2001. Using found imagery and text as a starting point, Smallwood transforms a wide range of disparate materials by cutting and rearranging. She is most interested in how collage processes, by isolating and transforming images, work to alter and intensify the reading of the material. Her collage and assemblage fragments come together to form book works, collage drawings and elaborate site-based installations.
Collage, Sketchbooks and Journals
 
This course explores the process of creating collage sketchbooks and journals using a wide range of collage and mixed media processes. It is an exploration of the relationship of image, text and personal narrative in the sketchbook form.

Mixe...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Donnely Smallwood, a multi-media installation artist, has taught at the Toronto School of Art since 2001. Using found imagery and text as a starting point, Smallwood transforms a wide range of disparate materials by cutting and rearranging. She is most interested in how collage processes, by isolating and transforming images, work to alter and intensify the reading of the material. Her collage and assemblage fragments come together to form book works, collage drawings and elaborate site-based installations.
Culinary Ceramics

Explore the junction of culinary form and function in clay. 

Wheel throwing and functional handbuilding techniques will be explored to create mugs, dishes, bowls and for more advanced students, serving plates and specialty pieces such as casseroles, st...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
7- weeks courses
5-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Raymond Chau has been a potter for almost 30 years. Born in Hong Kong, Raymond’s early interest in pottery lead him to research and study Chinese pottery, travelling to 3 different pottery factories in China to learn their techniques. After moving to Canada and earning a Computer Science Degree, he decided to move back to his first love and dedicate his time and energy to a combination of food and clay. He’s been a studio potter and teacher since the mid 1990’s, creating dinner and serving wear, large form bowls and other functional and sculptural works of culinary art. Raymond’s love of food is evident in all that he creates. These passions are inseparable. His ceramics instruction reflects that celebration at the intersection of food and ceramic arts.
Digital Drawing and Painting with Corel Painter

This course is designed to suit the needs of Fine Art students who wish to create digital drawings and paintings using a computer. Corel Painter has many unique digital brushes and textures that mirror the look and feel of their traditional counterparts. In-depth tutorials wil...


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

NOTES: Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991 and a Fine Arts Faculty member at Centennial College since 2005. He's served as TSA's Director from 2000 to 2004, on TSA's Board of Governors and has been a member of the Faculty Steering Committee since 1992. In his works, visceral, textured layers of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in Burnett's painting. Through his early period with the Isaacs Gallery (1979–1989) and then with Gallery One (1989–2004), Burnett has displayed a sense of humour and irony in his ongoing investigation into the two-dimensional picture plane both traditionally and digitally. In recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings using Corel Painter software. Brian Burnett has exhibited regularly since 1979, including at the Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City; the Koffler Arts Centre in Toronto; at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg; the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver; Gallery One in Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His work was included in Canada Nouveau (London, England) and in Contemporary Landscape Perspectives, a traveling exhibition that originated at the AGO. His work has been collected by the City of  Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario,  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery and McLaren Art, as well as many Corporate and private collections.
Experimental Drawing

This drawing course addresses a combination of traditional and non-traditional techniques with various media and ground preparation exploring mark making, texture, line, colour and composition on different supports, creating abstract and representational work. Through intensiv...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses
6-week courses
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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.
Explorations in Composition

This 8 week 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 potent...


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

NOTES: Gillian Iles' practice consists of painting, sculpture and video/projection. She has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago, Miami, Montreal and Toronto in public institutions, university galleries, artist-run centres and commercial galleries. Her work has been highlighted in Canadian Art, Mix Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She is featured in the book Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting. Gillian was a founding member of two artist-run galleries in Toronto - Propeller and Loop, and is currently a member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. Her environmental scale installations include combinations of paintings, sculptures, constructions video and projection, creating installations incorporating both real and illusionary space, transforming exhibition spaces into a composite of alternate realities. The composite imagery presents an array of contradictions as a sensory collage of fleeting instants that shape greater social identity & individual perception. Gillian teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College and the Toronto School of Art in Canada.
Explorations in Figure Studies

This course is intended for students wishing to develop their figure drawing beyond simple representation. Using a variety of media, students will learn to take chances and create lively and thought-provoking works. Consideration will also be given to different ways of reactin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
9-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Gillian Iles' practice consists of painting, sculpture and video/projection. She has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago, Miami, Montreal and Toronto in public institutions, university galleries, artist-run centres and commercial galleries. Her work has been highlighted in Canadian Art, Mix Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She is featured in the book Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting. Gillian was a founding member of two artist-run galleries in Toronto - Propeller and Loop, and is currently a member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. Her environmental scale installations include combinations of paintings, sculptures, constructions video and projection, creating installations incorporating both real and illusionary space, transforming exhibition spaces into a composite of alternate realities. The composite imagery presents an array of contradictions as a sensory collage of fleeting instants that shape greater social identity & individual perception. Gillian teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College and the Toronto School of Art in Canada.
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 scu...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
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5-week courses
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NOTES: Florian Jacot is a visual artist who has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2009. As well as instructing at TSA, Jacot has been teaching figure sculpture, artistic anatomy, and figurative drawing and painting since 2004 at such schools as Max the Mutt Animation School, Artist 25 Studio, Centennial College and Sheridan College. Jacot works traditionally in fine arts and does freelance work digitally for the film and gaming industries. His work has been exhibited on several occasions in shows and galleries. In 1999, he received an award from The Sculpture Society of Canada for two of his sculptures.
Figure Concepts

This course is designed specifically for experienced or upper-level students who wish to focus on conceptual development of their figurative work. Students will become aware of the idea of “the subject” when working with the figure. Historical and contemporary them...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
9-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Gillian Iles' practice consists of painting, sculpture and video/projection. She has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago, Miami, Montreal and Toronto in public institutions, university galleries, artist-run centres and commercial galleries. Her work has been highlighted in Canadian Art, Mix Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She is featured in the book Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting. Gillian was a founding member of two artist-run galleries in Toronto - Propeller and Loop, and is currently a member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. Her environmental scale installations include combinations of paintings, sculptures, constructions video and projection, creating installations incorporating both real and illusionary space, transforming exhibition spaces into a composite of alternate realities. The composite imagery presents an array of contradictions as a sensory collage of fleeting instants that shape greater social identity & individual perception. Gillian teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College and the Toronto School of Art in Canada.
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 sculptin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
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6-week courses
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5-week courses
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NOTES: Florian Jacot is a visual artist who has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2009. As well as instructing at TSA, Jacot has been teaching figure sculpture, artistic anatomy, and figurative drawing and painting since 2004 at such schools as Max the Mutt Animation School, Artist 25 Studio, Centennial College and Sheridan College. Jacot works traditionally in fine arts and does freelance work digitally for the film and gaming industries. His work has been exhibited on several occasions in shows and galleries. In 1999, he received an award from The Sculpture Society of Canada for two of his sculptures.
Figure Sculpture: Portrait and Facial Expressions

This figure sculpture course will be focusing on portrait and facial expressions working from the life model and using a step-by-step classical approach. This course is for those who wish to gain a stronger understanding of human head proportions, st...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Florian Jacot is a visual artist who has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2009. As well as instructing at TSA, Jacot has been teaching figure sculpture, artistic anatomy, and figurative drawing and painting since 2004 at such schools as Max the Mutt Animation School, Artist 25 Studio, Centennial College and Sheridan College. Jacot works traditionally in fine arts and does freelance work digitally for the film and gaming industries. His work has been exhibited on several occasions in shows and galleries. In 1999, he received an award from The Sculpture Society of Canada for two of his sculptures.
Introduction to Drawing

This course is a great way to begin your artistic journey! Through in-class exercises and demonstrations, students will explore observational drawing, learning how to see, how to translate light and shade, positive and negative space, capture gestures using line, volume, ...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses
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NOTES: Spring 2021: 538: Donnely Smallwood is the instructor for the Tuesday morning session 901: Tina Oehmsen-Clark is the instructor for the Wednesday afternoon session
Landscape Photography: Back to Nature

Join commercial photographer/graphic artist/TSA instructor John Bingham for this eight week outdoor photography course, which takes participants back to the basics of photography and out into the parks, ravines and shorelines in and around Toronto.

L...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: John Bingham is a commercial photographer and graphic artist. He has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. Bingham established his career in documentary and editorial photography. As traditional film photography gave way to the new digital medium Bingham was quick to realize its potential for both photographers and artists. His solid understanding of Adobe Photoshop has made him a highly sought out industry professional, teacher and tutor. Looking to share his knowledge and experience with other artists, Bingham has found great satisfaction helping new students of digital photography and Adobe Photoshop. His love of teaching has helped many students find fulfillment in photography and the digital arts. Bingham’s photography practice is based in Canada with assignments taking him to the Canadian Arctic, China, Mexico, South America and the United States. His client list includes a number of the country’s largest corporations, international hotel chains, architectural and design houses, professional theater companies and television producers. His photographs have been published in Canadian books and magazines and are held in a number of private collections.
ONLINE: Acrylic Painting Incubator

This ONLINE class provides an opportunity for students to focus on developing a personal voice, understanding and capitalizing on their inherent visual tendencies, comprehending the process of completing a coherent body of work and developing the con...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
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: Colour Mixing

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


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: 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 stud...


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 Drawing: Fast Poses

This ONLINE course for beginners and more experienced artists will offer easy to follow strategies for capturing movement, proportion and structure in a convincing manner in poses 15 minutes or less. Developing your skills in this ar...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Megan Williams has taught at the Toronto School of Art for over 20 years, offering courses in figurative drawing and painting, practical history of technique and the development of a personal creative voice. Administratively, she has served as Co-director of the School, in program development and in fundraising. Williams has also has taught at OCAD and currently teaches at Sheridan College in the School of Animation Arts and Design. Williams is a recipient of two Greenshields grants (1981–82/1983–84) to study in Europe and is also a published author of a francophone collection of Canadian rhymes and songs from families from coast to coast, gathered during travels from Northern B.C. to the East Coast. Megan grew up as a bilingual Montrealer. She has also worked as a cartographer for the Near Eastern Studies Department of the U. of T., on site in the Nile Delta, Egypt, from 1981 to 1985. 1982 Joint Program in Measured Drawing for Archeology, Rhode Island School of Design/Cornell University, Rome, Italy 1982 Surveying/Cartography, Ryerson, Toronto 1981–1982 Figurative Studies/Printmaking, St. Martin’s School of Art, London, U.K. (Part-time) 1980 Associate of Ontario College of Art (AOCA), Ontario College of Art
ONLINE: Figure Drawing: Heads, Hands & Feet

This ONLINE course for beginners and more experienced artists will do a deep dive into these 3 parts of the figure that express so much of who we are. Upgrading your skills in this area will give you a big boost of confidence when dr...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Megan Williams has taught at the Toronto School of Art for over 20 years, offering courses in figurative drawing and painting, practical history of technique and the development of a personal creative voice. Administratively, she has served as Co-director of the School, in program development and in fundraising. Williams has also has taught at OCAD and currently teaches at Sheridan College in the School of Animation Arts and Design. Williams is a recipient of two Greenshields grants (1981–82/1983–84) to study in Europe and is also a published author of a francophone collection of Canadian rhymes and songs from families from coast to coast, gathered during travels from Northern B.C. to the East Coast; she grew up as a bilingual Montrealer. She has also worked as a cartographer for the Near Eastern Studies Department of the U. of T., on site in the Nile Delta, Egypt, from 1981 to 1985. 1982 Joint Program in Measured Drawing for Archeology, Rhode Island School of Design/Cornell University, Rome, Italy 1982 Surveying/Cartography, Ryerson, Toronto 1981–1982 Figurative Studies/Printmaking, St. Martin’s School of Art, London, U.K. (Part-time) 1980 Associate of Ontario College of Art (AOCA), Ontario College of Art
ONLINE: Fluid Acrylics

This ONLINE 8 week course will focus on the use of GOLDEN or TRI-ART Fluid Acrylics to achieve stained, flowing effects. We will incorporate the use of a variety of substrates such as GOLDEN’S Absorbent Ground, Light Mol...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
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. 1977 Fine Arts Diploma, Visual Art, New School of Art 1975 BFA, Fine Arts, York University
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 8 week 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 envir...


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

This ONLINE intermediate level course offers the experienced painter the opportunity to further their studies in watercolour and explore more complex watercolour strategies using still-life and landscape.

The  course will be comprised ...


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

NOTES: Brian Hoxha has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2004. Hoxha is also an educator in watercolour and printmaking at the Art Gallery of Ontario and in the T.D.S.B. at Northern S.S., and a long-time member of Open Studio, the artist-run centre and print studio. Hoxha’s work explores the beauty and solace of the natural world, whether in painting or making prints. He particularly finds constant inspiration by working on location in breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, as is evident in his journeys to Northern Ontario, Western Canada, Newfoundland and Montana. Hoxha is currently being represented by Open Studio, Gallery 133, The Denison Gallery, Art Interiors, Tracey Capes F.A., Nouveau Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Gibson Fine Arts in Calgary and the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s N.F., as well as by a variety of arts consultants in Toronto.
ONLINE: Life Drawing 2: Clothing and Costumes

This ONLINE course will focus on drapery and clothing on the human form. Working with models on Zoom, supplemented by instructor demos and brief lectures, this course will begin with a review of key principles of figure drawing (gesture, mass). The course will...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Thomas Hendry is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching 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, OCAD Outreach Program and the Toronto District School Board.
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 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: Still Life Painting

This ONLINE course is quiet but exciting. The art of still life painting can be traced back to classical antiquity and remains the subject of choice by many contemporary artists. It is the art of painting common objects, like fruit, flowers and household ...


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Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and faculty member at TSA since 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. Her studio practice ranges from collage making to painting and drawing. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition; identity, social roles, both subjectification and objectification of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has had solo and group exhibitions across Iran and Canada. Akhavan received the ICCC grant in 2016, won the second rank prize of Iranian Contemporary Painters held in Art Residency in Qeshm Island in 2013. 2017, MFA, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada 2013, BFA, Painting and Drawing, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Painting Foundations

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of painting. Working primarily from direct observation of still life arrangements, as well as through demos and slide presentations, students will learn about painting materials, value, colour, ...


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

NOTES: Brian lives and works in Toronto. He has been painting and exhibiting for over a decade and his work can be found in public and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe. His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane: the everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes that surround him that are frequently overlooked. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and has recently completed a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto.
Perspective Drawing for Beginners
Through in-class lectures, exercises and projects (both with rulers and free hand drawing), this course will examine the principles of one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective along with the most common perspective problems encountered by ...
LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Lindsey 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.
Photoshop Abstractions

Photoshop has come a long way since its first appearance as colour correction software. Today, artists are using the medium to create stunning digital artwork of their own including digital abstractions. Photoshop's broad array of tools, filters and techniques opens t...


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

NOTES: John Bingham is a commercial photographer and graphic artist. He has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. Bingham established his career in documentary and editorial photography. As traditional film photography gave way to the new digital medium Bingham was quick to realize its potential for both photographers and artists. His solid understanding of Adobe Photoshop has made him a highly sought out industry professional, teacher and tutor. Looking to share his knowledge and experience with other artists, Bingham has found great satisfaction helping new students of digital photography and Adobe Photoshop. His love of teaching has helped many students find fulfillment in photography and the digital arts. Bingham’s photography practice is based in Canada with assignments taking him to the Canadian Arctic, China, Mexico, South America and the United States. His client list includes a number of the country’s largest corporations, international hotel chains, architectural and design houses, professional theater companies and television producers. His photographs have been published in Canadian books and magazines and are held in a number of private collections.
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...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
8-week courses
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.
Structural Drawing: Dimension and Proportion
This course is appropriate for students looking to make their drawings and paintings look and feel more three dimensional. Students will learn how to confidently draw the five major forms and how to recognize those forms in every-day objects. ...
LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Lindsey 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.
Studio Painting 2 & 3

Studio Painting 2 & 3 will introduce large-scale painting approaches to works greater than 20" x 24".

Approaches to painting in both oils and acrylics will be discussed and demonstrations will be done by the instructor in acrylic. Emphasis will be ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
5-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991 and a Fine Arts Faculty member at Centennial College since 2005. He's served as TSA's Director from 2000 to 2004, on TSA's Board of Governors and has been a member of the Faculty Steering Committee since 1992. In his works, visceral, textured layers of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in Burnett's painting. Through his early period with the Isaacs Gallery (1979–1989) and then with Gallery One (1989–2004), Burnett has displayed a sense of humour and irony in his ongoing investigation into the two-dimensional picture plane both traditionally and digitally. In recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings using Corel Painter software. Brian Burnett has exhibited regularly since 1979, including at the Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City; the Koffler Arts Centre in Toronto; at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg; the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver; Gallery One in Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His work was included in Canada Nouveau (London, England) and in Contemporary Landscape Perspectives, a traveling exhibition that originated at the AGO. His work has been collected by the City of  Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario,  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery and McLaren Art, as well as many Corporate and private collections.
The Painters' Studio

This course focuses on expanding the student’s ability to work independently and creatively, with the support and mentorship of the instructor. Students can work with images or abstractions; this will be addressed on a one-on-one basis with the instructor. The course wil...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
5-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991 and a Fine Arts Faculty member at Centennial College since 2005. He's served as TSA's Director from 2000 to 2004, on TSA's Board of Governors and has been a member of the Faculty Steering Committee since 1992. In his works, visceral, textured layers of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in Burnett's painting. Through his early period with the Isaacs Gallery (1979–1989) and then with Gallery One (1989–2004), Burnett has displayed a sense of humour and irony in his ongoing investigation into the two-dimensional picture plane both traditionally and digitally. In recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings using Corel Painter software. Brian Burnett has exhibited regularly since 1979, including at the Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City; the Koffler Arts Centre in Toronto; at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg; the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver; Gallery One in Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His work was included in Canada Nouveau (London, England) and in Contemporary Landscape Perspectives, a traveling exhibition that originated at the AGO. His work has been collected by the City of  Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario,  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery and McLaren Art, as well as many Corporate and private collections.
Urban Landscape Painting

This course will introduce students to the tradition and practice of urban landscape painting. We will explore historic and contemporary approaches to painting the dynamic landscape of urban space. Working from sketches and photographic reference, students will learn how ...


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

NOTES: Brian Harvey lives and works in Toronto. He has been painting and exhibiting for over a decade and his work can be found in public and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe. His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane: the everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes that surround him that are frequently overlooked. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and has recently completed a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto.
Youth Art Studio (Ages 11-17 yrs)

Youth Art Studio is a visual art course designed for 11-17 year olds. Through drawing, painting, printing, collage, and 3-dimensional work, students will be introduced to various techniques and media in order to develop their ow...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
5-week courses
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 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.
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