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.
Animal and Imaginary Sculpture

Students will learn how to go from a concept design or conceptual vision to the creation of a finished sculpture. The subject matter will range from animal sculpture to imaginary figurative sculpture. Various sculpting styles will be considered going from realistic to loose an...


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

NOTES: This course accommodates both beginner and advanced students. Figure sculpture experience is recommended but not essential.
Botanical Drawing at Allan Gardens

This eight-week course allows both the novice and non-beginner to practice drawing skills related to botanical subjects. Taken in advance or as a compliment to watercolour painting, this course provides opportunities for intimate and sustained examination of flowering plants a...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: SPRING NOTE: No class on May 20 for Victoria Day.
Cut/Tear/Fold

In the course, Cut Fold Tear, we will explore the potential to manipulate and transform paper through cutting, folding and tearing processes. We will look at the origins of these paper arts, from Chinese paper cutting and paper folding in Japan, to Victorian Silhouet...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops
8-week courses

NOTES: INTRODUCTORY TO INTERMEDIATE LEVELS.
Drips, Pours and Puddles: Acrylic Explorations

The defining characteristic of fluid painting techniques is to collaborate with gravity, directing the paint across the surface of the canvas or wood panel, orchestrating its tendency to pool, to drip and to spatter, inviting the painting to almost paint itself, and embracing ...


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

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
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...


LEVEL:
All Levels
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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, OnSite Gallery, Museums at U of T Artist Run Centres: A Space, Mercer Union, YYZ, Gallery 44, Open Studio, TPW Commercial Galleries: Angell Gallery, Erin Stump Projects, Division/Arsenal Gallery, Daniel Faria Gallery, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Georgia Scherman Gallery, Birch Contemporary Paul Petro Gallery Katherine Mulhurin Gallery, MKG127, Loon Gallery, Patel Gallery, Dianna Witte Gallery, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Olga Korper Gallery, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Cooper Cole Gallery, Franz Kaka Gallery/towards Collective Galleries: Red Head Gallery, Loop Gallery, Propeller Gallery
Expressive Paint Handling

Expressive paint-handling is one of the most important qualities of a good work of art. Neglecting the improvement of your brush skills will always hold back your painting progress.  The terms “expressive” or “gestural” are used to describe a metho...


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

NOTES: Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed.
Figure and Portrait Painting

Students will explore observational Figure and Portrait Painting in poses that last one to two weeks. The focus is on alla prima gestural painting that captures character after preparing a solid foundation of good proportion and body structure. Using oil or acrylic, t...


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

NOTES: Students should have had recent instruction in introductory painting as well as a recent figure drawing course. This course puts the two together in a dynamic atmosphere. No class held Monday, February 19, 2018 for Family Day.
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.
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
LENGTH:
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NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course or equivalent. A nude model will be used in this course.
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. SPRING NOTE: no class May 20
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...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
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NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Section 104 No class on Good Friday
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.
Mixed Media

Mixed media is a visual art form that allows the artist to use a variety of mediums to create an art piece. Exploration of a wide range of materials and techniques is emphasized in this six-week course. Students can combine drawing, painting and collage with a wide range of pr...


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

Photoshop for Artists

This introductory course is designed for first-time users 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 student...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
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. Basic knowledge of Photoshop is also recommended.
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
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NOTES: It is recommended students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, or have some painting experience. Any demos will be done in acrylics. All paint mediums allowed; students can use either acrylics or oils. Oil painters are encouraged to engage in a safe studio practice using contemporary non-toxic oil mediums.
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