About Us

Toronto School of Art is Toronto’s longest running independent art school. For over 40 years, TSA has provided a positive environment for aspiring artists to attain a quality visual arts education.

Conveniently located at Dufferin and Bloor Street across from the Dufferin Subway station, TSA offers students a unique opportunity for hands-on studio learning and exposure to artistic trends in drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, mixed media, digital and photography. Most courses are geared towards adults. A selection of courses for youth ages 11–17 are also offered each term.

At TSA, artists teach students of all levels with both traditional and contemporary approaches, offering an array of courses to choose from that will further develop students’ artistic vision and ability at any level.

TSA also offers art workshops and group events as team building activities to boost employee morale and encourage creativity.

Note: TSA regrets that it is not barrier-free at its current location. Our future home at Queen and Bathurst will be accessible for all.


TSA MANDATE

Toronto School of Art (TSA) is committed to developing principles ensuring inclusion, diversity, accessibility, and equity practises. A mandate of the school is to design policies that better reflect the demographics of the community it serves and to recommend programs and services that better serve the needs of diverse groups. Another mandate is to increase access to and opportunities at the Toronto School of Art for those belonging to groups historically excluded from power or denied rights enjoyed by others. Among those who face such discrimination are members of ethnic, racial, linguistic and religious minorities, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, seniors, youth, and people marginalized by poverty.

TSA is dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices steering our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to building an inclusive and barrier-free environment in which all individuals have access to the school’s services and facilities. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise the school if you require an accommodation.


HISTORY

For over 40 years, Toronto School of Art (TSA) has established itself as one of the most distinguished alternative arts schools in the city. While our history alone sets us apart, it’s our ideology that truly defines us. We believe in taking an organic approach to the arts. This translates into a hands-on education model that focuses on studio-based learning. We offer students the opportunity to work with practicing artists in a close, one-on-one environment. What this entails is a rigorous study of the arts through a challenging, tactile application of every skill set learned.

TSA believes the arts should be accessible to all levels of experience. Whether you’re a working professional or just starting out, TSA offers programs that address all levels of expertise. The only thing our students need to get started is a passion for their craft. Once they have that, our mentors are there to further refine, hone and cultivate their skills. It’s this process of artists mentoring other artists that enables our students to truly find their voice and leave their mark on the world.

TSA will be moving to their future home at 24 Ryerson Avenue in the Queen and Bathurst area in late 2018. The school is committed to work in partnership with staff, faculty, students and the community to identify, prevent, and remove barriers to participation. The new facilities and studios at 24 Ryerson Avenue will be fully accessible.


 

TSA GOVERNANCE

TSA’s Governance is consistent with our guiding principles and values. The Board of Governors is comprised of a 50/50 partnership between Faculty and Students. The Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 12:30pm.


 

CONTACT US

980 Dufferin Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON  M6H 4B4

416-504-7910 | info@tsa-art.com

Office hours: Mon-Thu 9am - 6:30pm | Fri 9am - 5pm | Sat 9am - 2pm

 

Planning a visit?

See our Accessibility Notice.

Unfortunately, our current location is not barrier-free. Our future home at 24 Ryerson will be fully accessible. Please respect our scent-awareness policy by limiting the use of scented products.

Note: The TSA entrance is on the north side of the building, facing Bloor Street. Take the stairs to the 2nd floor - the office is located mid-way down the hallway. No parking on site.

 
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