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.
Acrylic Explorations: Wax Effects

Acrylic paint has the ability to mimic other materials. In this course students will explore how it can replicate the appearance of encaustic. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which either powdered pigments or oil paints are ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: A comfortable level of understanding in painting and drawing is recommended.
Collage Explorations

This fun and challenging course will introduce the fundamentals of  transforming papers through paper cutting processes and creating a wide range of collage works. We will work with a variety of intriguing papers and collage materials such as photo-based imagery, vintage ...


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

Colour Mixing

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


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

NOTES: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour language skills.
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.  Thro...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

Life Drawing: The Figure in Context

This course contextualizes the use of the figure in art. The relationship of the figure to the surrounding space will be explored as a means to develop and expand on visual language skills. The model will engage with constructed and local environments to create compositional a...


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

NOTES: It is strongly recommended that students have prior experience with life drawing.
Narrative Still Life

How can one tell a story through objects?  This painting course will explore creating personal still lifes in order to expand students’ painting repertoire and construct narrative.  Still life painting is often an important observational exercise; in this cours...


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

Pre-Digital Surface Design

This eight-week course explores a range of pre-digital surface design techniques from around the world. While being introduced to both the historical and contemporary contexts, students will learn several different ways to create pattern on paper and textiles. We will use a va...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

Weaving and the Physical Properties of the Line

This eight-week course is about exploring the physical properties of the line and the possibilities of constructing tangible objects using linear material with textile construction approaches. Specifically, we will be experimenting with the technique of weaving & interlaci...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

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