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TSA offers students a robust array of courses to choose from that will further develop their artistic vision and ability at any level of experience. Students benefit from a hands-on, studio-based curriculum led by passionate, professional artists. TSA courses are for adults (age 18+), Youth Studio offers sections for tweens and teens ages 11-13 and 14-17.

3-Day Workshops

Our Spring and Summer terms allow TSA students to explore diverse art media in these courses over 3-day bursts of energy, experimentation and inspiration.…

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3-Day Workshops

Our Spring and Summer terms allow TSA students to explore diverse art media in these courses over 3-day bursts of energy, experimentation and inspiration.

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Architectural Drawing and the Built Environment: A Toronto City Tour

Explore the interesting world of architecture through drawing and city tours. This workshop introduces the basics of drawing architecture including techniques and methods to guide students through the complex process of sketching. Students will examine and dissect buildings and public spaces through architectural sketches, diagrams and perceptual drawings. Through the discussion of contemporary and historical references, this workshop will provide students with an introduction to the design of buildings, spaces urban and natural environments. In addition students will visit places within the city of Toronto, in order to situate/contextualize historically and socially specific buildings and public spaces.

Note: Basic drawing skills required. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking. Students are responsible for transportation costs.

255 with Julie Ourceau
Oct 11 to Oct 13
TUES-THURS 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM REGISTER

Portraiture as a Conceptual Device

The portrait and self-portrait has long been a subject of focus in art and continues to fuel the careers of many contemporary artists today. The portrait continues to be a tool to examine issues of race, gender, and economic and societal norms. This is a mixed-level studio course with an emphasis on development and expansion of visual language skills. Students are encouraged to work on structured exercises that lead to developing individual projects. Students will explore fundamental painterly concerns and explore different materials as they relate to contemporary art practices. Light and shadow, colour relationships, paint handling, composition, abstraction, gesture, dynamics, intention and personal expression will be explored as they relate to a conceptual framework. Students will be working from photographs, collage, a life model, as well as possible imagined imagery. This class will build the students skills using structured exercises, inspirational lectures based on contemporary painting, demonstrations, and critiques with the emphasis on painting time in a supportive environment.

Note: This is a 3-day workshop.

245 with Roberta McNaughton
Nov 08 to Nov 10
TUES-THURS 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM REGISTER
Drawing

Our curriculum can accommodate students from every skill level, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a more advanced student. Students will strengthen their ability to …

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Drawing

Our curriculum can accommodate students from every skill level, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a more advanced student. Students will strengthen their ability to perceive and translate the visual world into their own artistic expression. Technical skills are strengthened through methods such as direct observation, perspective drawing, working from the model, and experimental mark-making and material use.

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Perspective Drawing

This course will examine in detail the principals of one point, two-point, three-point perspective and their general application. Students will focus primarily on how to create and render interior and exterior spaces, with a secondary emphasis on large object rendering in reference to these spaces. This workshop is geared toward assisting people with realist or representational drawing and painting studio art works, as well as people pursuing interior design, game concept and design, digital painting, animation in general, illustration, storyboarding, 2D architectural rendering or general 2D concept and design. Students will achieve an understanding of how the illusion of perspective works, and the ability to solve perspective problems in their artistic practice.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing or have basic drawing skills.

844 with Paul Turner
Sep 15 to Dec 01
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Anatomy and Figure Drawing

Explore the human body while learning to recognize and name bony landmarks and muscle groups visible on the model and yourself. This course enables students to explore the skeletal and muscular systems by drawing directly from a skeleton, bones, and a live model. Enhance your awareness of bumps and indentations on the surface of the body, and understand which are formed by bone and muscle. Gestures, sketches, and studies help students focus on structure, function, and proportion. Media: Coloured pencil, conté, charcoal, newsprint, drawing paper, tracing paper.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or equivalent.

833 with Marie Lehman
Sep 13 to Nov 29
TUE 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Intermediate Drawing

This course is designed to further develop the student’s observational drawing skill set. Through in class projects students will work toward completed drawings with various types of dry media on various surfaces.  Topics will include dry media and surface exploration, 3-point perspective, rendering surfaces through still life, and long pose format life drawing.  With a blend of traditional and contemporary observational drawing techniques an emphasis will be placed on exploring the expressive potential of shape and line treatment and its relationship to value and light. 

636 with Paul Turner
Oct 17 to Dec 05
MON 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Drawing on Mylar

In drawing and painting circles, Mylar has become an ever-popular support.  Sometimes described as Polyester film, it is used by artists for its archival quality and impermeable surface.  These two factors plus its durability make it an ideal support for drawing based materials.  This eight-week course will introduce students to a spectrum of drawing techniques using graphite, conte, charcoal powder, oil stick and ink markers.  Students will be shown a range of application techniques via demos and samples of artists’ work.  Upon completion, students will have an introductory knowledge of Mylar that will provide an additional option for creative and artistic practice.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing or Painting course or have basic drawing skills.

234 with Celia Neubauer
Oct 17 to Dec 05
MON 2:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTER

Introduction to Life Drawing: Fast 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 and for the aspiring animator.

Poses are up to 20 minutes long. 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 are upbeat with lots of personal attention. Media: Charcoal, conté, ink, newsprint.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or equivalent. No class held Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving.

805 with Megan Williams
Sep 12 to Dec 05
MON 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

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-class assignments and exercises, students will explore fundamentals of drawing such as negative and positive space, proportion, line, contour, value, volume, natural perspective, gesture, composition and mark making. A variety of drawing media will be used throughout the course to familiarize students with a range of materials and their possibilities. Critique, discussions, presentations and demonstrations will be fundamental to the working and learning structure of the class. This course also studies the human figure; a nude model will be used.

 

 

Note: No experience necessary.

508 with Martha Eleen
Sep 15 to Dec 01
THU 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER
538 with Donnely Smallwood
Sep 12 to Dec 05
MON 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER
802 with Paul Turner
Sep 14 to Nov 30
WED 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER
901 with Martha Eleen
Sep 17 to Dec 03
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER

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 are upbeat with lots of personal attention. Media: Charcoal, conté, ink, newsprint.

Note: A nude model will be used. Introduction to Drawing or equivalent experience is recommended.

102 with Martha Eleen
Sep 15 to Dec 01
THU 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER
902 with Thomas Hendry
Sep 17 to Dec 03
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER

Introduction to Portrait Drawing

This course provides students with a foundation of drawing skills using black and white and colour drawing media, such as soft pastels and pastel pencils. During the first part of the course, anatomy, drawing techniques, composition, and observational skills are stressed. The focus in the second part is on developing the student’s approach to portraiture. This may include rendering a likeness using expressiveness, or experimenting with the genre. Examples of artists’ works will be used to illustrate the diverse approaches to portraiture.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.

500 with Thomas Hendry
Sep 14 to Nov 30
WED 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Drawing as a Contemporary Practice

This course is designed to give students a better idea of the scope of possibilities of various drawing media. Assignments will be geared toward expanding the student’s notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. Drawing from the figure will be de-emphasized in order to find other sources for making work. There will be assignments using mylar sheets to create layered images and large scale drawing as well as simple altered book formats. Slide and video presentations will show students how other artists have used drawing in many challenging formats.

Note: Students should have some drawing experience, or completed drawing or mixed media courses.

519 with Amanda McCavour
Oct 20 to Dec 08
THU 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER
Sculpture

Our diverse sculpture curriculum provides students with a robust range of classical and contemporary techniques and media. Sculpt in clay, build with paperclay, wire, and…

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Sculpture

Our diverse sculpture curriculum provides students with a robust range of classical and contemporary techniques and media. Sculpt in clay, build with paperclay, wire, and assemble a kinetic piece with found objects. Learn the foundation of sculpture and develop your technical skills while exploring methods such as modelling, additive construction, planar construction, subtractive techniques, found-object assemblage and installation.

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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 sculpting and will allow students to develop their skills while studying a specific body part at a time, and the entire body in the end. Students will work from direct observation using classical plaster casts of anatomical figures, the human skeleton, and then move to the life model. Each body part study will be broken down into simple stages of Mass conception and/or Ecorche (anatomy) with an emphasis on proportion, planar structure, bony landmarks, muscle groups, and points of origin and insertion.

Note: This course is suitable for beginners & intermediate sculptors.

106 with Florian Jacot
Sep 16 to Dec 02
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER
906 with Florian Jacot
Sep 17 to Dec 03
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER
Painting

Courses range from introductory and life painting to more contemporary and abstract techniques in oil, acrylic, watercolour and water-based media. Students will be challe…

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Painting

Courses range from introductory and life painting to more contemporary and abstract techniques in oil, acrylic, watercolour and water-based media. Students will be challenged to articulate themselves using different styles and subjects within the discipline, regardless of their existing skill level.

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Introduction to Watercolour

This course will provide a fundamental approach to watercolour, for both the beginner and advanced student, with an emphasis on transparency, colour mixing, brushworks, washes and illumination while being true to the John Singer Sargent approach to the medium. Students will work from still-life and landscape and can expect demonstrations followed by ample painting time, and a critique towards the end of each class. 

629 with Brian Hoxha
Sep 15 to Dec 01
THU 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Fundamental Oils 2

In this six-week course, students will apply a range of application techniques introduced in Fundamentals Oils 1.  Painting projects will migrate back and forth from two-dimensional images to real-life subjects commonly seen in still-life subjects. Via demos and visual sources, students will be guided through various small exercises that build on their application and creative skills. When possible, small original paintings will be highlighted to further expand and clarify project objectives and to highlight visual results specific to certain application techniques.

Note: This course is a good pre-requisite for Fundamental Oils 2 or Basic Painting. No class held Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving.

119 with Celia Neubauer
Oct 31 to Dec 05
MON 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Fundamental Water Media: Basics

Many contemporary artists are reinvigorating the visual language of Water Media with new subject matter, large-scale work and informal mixtures of traditional materials.  The aim of this course is to introduce some of these exciting options to those new to Water Soluble Media. Students will look at the basic technical principles of working with watercolor, ink, gouache, water-soluble pencils, crayons and graphite on paper and discuss simple methods to intermix these media.

522 with Tina Poplawski
Sep 14 to Nov 30
WED 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Acrylic Explorations: Image Transfers

As producers and consumers in today’s vast image economy, contemporary artists freely adopt and adapt materials from many sources, re-purposing photographic images culled from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, television, films, personal and public archives, studio walls, and from other works of art.  These are all fair game.  This course will focus on exploring various methods of using acrylic pigments and acrylic mediums to transfer images to paper, canvas, wood panel as well as transparent and painted acrylic skins. Students will consider various contemporary compositional strategies and finishing techniques, as well as looking at artists who use transfers in their work.

Note: A comfortable level of understanding in painting and drawing is recommended.

550 with Tina Poplawski
Sep 14 to Nov 30
WED 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Chinese Brush Experiment - Ink & Wash

Learn various techniques of expression through unique brush art materials and the 'free-hand' style of line-drawing, wash-and-ink, wash-and-colour, special effects, and contemporary techniques. Discover another understanding and existence of the art world. Unblock creativity through art by practicing in synthesis of art, culture, theory, and philosophy. Clear the mind of junk and enjoy the expression of inside out, flow of ideas, mind-opening and a better focus on yourself. Reach the deep balance between the inner world and outside expression.

Note: Detailed instruction and demonstration are provided. No experience required.

562 with Wenyun Hua
Oct 13 to Dec 01
THU 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Painting the Clothed Figure

Students will explore observational figure painting through one 3-week, one 4-week and one 5-week pose of a clothed model. We will discuss proportion, shape, value, light and colour theory, both in reference to the understanding of tertiary colours of skin and also in achieving convincing drapery and fabric. This is a painting course focused primarily on acrylic paint or oil paint. Various methods of application using indirect painting process will be investigated. Whether a more representational or abstracted approach, students will be encouraged to explore various aesthetic styles of their choice. An emphasis will be placed on creating volume and depth while exploring the expressive potential of shape and brush treatment and it's relationship to colour and light. Students should have previous life drawing and painting experience.

Note: Students should have previous life drawing and painting experience.

249 with Paul Turner
Sep 14 to Nov 30
WED 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Intermediate Watercolour

This course offers the experienced painter the opportunity further their studies in watercolour and explore more complex watercolour strategies using still–life, landscape and figure painting.

Note: This is a 6-week course.

560 with Brian Hoxha
Sep 13 to Oct 18
TUE 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Contemporary Techniques for Abstract Painting

Creative application and unique handling of paint is integral to abstract painting but is typically underdeveloped by fledgling painters.  This is unfortunate considering that this skill is an artistic one that highlights individuality and contributes to a painting’s aesthetic impact.  This eight-week course will introduce students to various application techniques to broaden their perspective beyond primary skills.  Taken in advance or as a complement to Abstract Painting, this course will highlight both contemporary techniques and individual artists whose approach illustrate the aesthetic qualities dominating current painting practices today. Demonstrations highlighting painting techniques will precede studio exercises to foster creative and technical development.

Note: Suitable for both acrylic and oil painters.

151 with Celia Neubauer
Oct 18 to Dec 06
TUE 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Painting: Reinventing the Landscape

The art of landscape painting remains a popular genre for many contemporary painters. Landscapes still have the power to engage and provide a platform for creative invention.  Some artists continue to paint from life, while many others rely on photos as an image source.  This option provides more choice and selection and enables artists to be more spontaneous and imaginative in their painting practice. In this six-week course, students will paint landscapes that combine observational painting with imaginary input.  Working exclusively from photos, students will learn various techniques to alter or change their imagery before reproducing them in paint.  Students can expect to execute between 3 - 4 paintings. Media: Oil or Acrylic.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, plus one of the following: Fundamental Oils or Fundamental Acrylics, or have some painting experience. This is a 6-week course.

321 with Celia Neubauer
Sep 13 to Oct 18
TUE 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Painting the Interior: Capturing Light

The art of landscape painting remains a popular genre for many contemporary painters. Landscapes still have the power to engage and provide a platform for creative invention. Some artists continue to paint from life, while many others rely on photos as an image source. This option provides more choice and selection and enables artists to be more spontaneous and imaginative in their painting practice. In this six-week course, students will paint landscapes that combine observational painting with imaginary input. Working exclusively from photos, students will learn various techniques to alter or change their imagery before reproducing them in paint. Students can expect to execute between 3 - 4 paintings.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, plus one of the following: Fundamental Oils or Fundamental Acrylics, or have some painting experience. This is a 6-week course.

322 with Celia Neubauer
Oct 25 to Nov 29
TUE 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

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 and value and implement using practical applications.

Note: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour-language skills. This course is intended for Acrylic painters. This is an 8-week course.

126 with Angela Leach
Oct 14 to Dec 02
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Fundamental Oils 1

This introductory course will provide the beginner with practical and technical knowledge of oil paint.  Taken in advance or as a compliment to Basic Painting, the course will familiarize students with oil colours, mediums and the properties specific to each.   Demonstrations relating to technique will be ongoing, detailing both traditional and contemporary styles of application and the aesthetic qualities specific to each.  Upon completion, students should possess a greater sensitivity to and knowledge of the medium that will take them beyond formative training.  Issues of health and safety relating to the use of handling of oil paints will be interwoven throughout the course.

Note: This course is a good pre-requisite for Fundamental Oils 2 or Basic Painting. No class held Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving.

118 with Celia Neubauer
Sep 12 to Oct 24
MON 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

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 one to three classes in duration. Media: Acrylic, oil, oil stick, pastel, charcoal.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting skills.

828 with Tom Campbell
Sep 15 to Dec 01
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER
204 with Tom Campbell
Sep 16 to Dec 02
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Painting 1 and 2

This is an ongoing, mixed-level studio course with an emphasis on development and expansion of visual language skills. Students are encouraged to work on structured exercises that lead to developing individual projects. We will explore fundamental painterly concerns such as light and shadow, colour relationships, paint handling, composition, abstraction, gesture, energy, intention and personal expression. Working from observation of still-life, figure and landscape, classes include structured exercises, inspirational lectures based on contemporary and historical painting, demonstrations, and critiques with the emphasis on painting time in a supportive environment. 

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Media: Acrylic or oil paint. *Linseed oil and Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS) will be used in this class.

909 with Martha Eleen
Sep 17 to Dec 03
SAT 12:44pm - 3:45pm REGISTER

Basic Painting Techniques

Basic Painting Techniques is designed for individual students who have little or no experience in painting. The primary focus will be to introduce paint handling and colour mixing in various practical exercises and hands-on painting projects. Each project will focus on a type of paint application, smooth blended, glazing, gestural, staining and direct Impasto approaches will all be introduced. Power Point presentations and instructor demonstrations will walk the class though each project. For consistency, students should use Acrylics for this course although all projects could be completed in oils as well.

Note: It is recommended that students have a basic understanding of drawing, have completed Introduction to Drawing, or equivalent.

117 with Brian Burnett
Sep 14 to Nov 30
WED 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Fundamental Acrylics

This foundation course will introduce students to the important relationship between acrylic pigments and acrylic mediums and gels. It will demonstrate how these emulsions can provide a finer technical and visual result. Mediums and gels offer the artist a world of control in changing acrylic colours, extending paints, increasing drying time, building texture and altering surface finishes. The range of emulsions explored will be GAC 100 (diluting paint and adding shine), Fluid Matt Medium, Soft and Regular Gels, as well as OPEN Gloss Medium (extending drying time of paint).  This course will examine ways in which to start a painting, blending techniques, colour mixing, creating transparent and opaque effects as well as emulating the look of oil paint. Students will have a deeper understanding of the importance of using acrylic mediums to enhance the appearance of their paintings. They will also have the confidence to approach any further painting classes using acrylics.

112 with Tina Poplawski
Sep 13 to Nov 30
TUE 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER
815 with Tina Poplawski
Sep 13 to Nov 29
TUE 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

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 procedures can be used for work of an abstract or wholly imaginative nature. Thorough demonstrations of the materials to be used in the course will be given, and paintings will be small so that one project can be completed in each class. Media: Acrylic or oil paint.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some painting experience.

104 with Tom Campbell
Sep 16 to Dec 02
FRI 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER
804 with Tom Campbell
Sep 14 to Nov 30
WED 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Beyond Basic Painting

This course focuses on expanding students’ ability to work independently and creatively, and to challenge themselves in the field of painting. Student’s conceptual and technical developments in either images or abstractions will be addressed on a one-on-one basis with the instructor. The instructor will review via demonstrations, the proper setup of painted surface, stains and textured layers. Students should be prepared to start working in the first class. If a student is unsure of where to start the instructor will provide a beginning point. Media: All Paint Mediums. The instructor provides support for both Acrylics and Oils and their respective mediums. Oil painters are encouraged to engage in a safe studio practice via contemporary non-toxic Oil mediums. Students should be prepared to begin painting in the first class.

Note: It is recommended students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, or have had some painting experience.

809 with Brian Burnett
Sep 13 to Nov 29
TUE 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER

Abstraction in Acrylics

In this course, students will explore abstract painting and thinking while working with acrylic paints. Students will work through projects that explore the vast boundaries comprising the term “abstract art” while further developing their painting skills towards acquiring a stronger visual language. Demonstrations will be provided and critiques will follow assignments.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course and have some experience with acrylic paint.

220 with Joe Fleming
Sep 16 to Dec 02
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER
Interdisciplinary

The interdisciplinary practice incorporates contemporary approaches to art-making. This discipline includes numerous methods, such as collage, assemblage, drawing, image …

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Interdisciplinary

The interdisciplinary practice incorporates contemporary approaches to art-making. This discipline includes numerous methods, such as collage, assemblage, drawing, image transfers, rubbings, stencilling, frottage, book arts and other mixed media techniques. Printmaking is also offered and includes relief, drypoint and watercolour woodblock techniques.

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Collage Journals, Travelogues and Altered Books

This course explores the process of creating collage journals, travelogues and altered books 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 sketch book form.

Sketchbooks and intriguing found books will be reconfigured through collage, drawing and paint and ink processes. We will work with unusual collage papers and fabrics as well as found images and text. The collage journals can work for daily art practice, in preparation for travel, or as a thematic exploration.

We will transform photo based imagery through cutting and reassembly, create under painting for collage and drawing, build layers and transparency, add inserts, envelopes and tags, make simple photo transfers, use text and narrative, fabric and stitching. Much of our explorations can be adapted for travelling and small studio practice.

583 with Donnely Smallwood
Oct 14 to Dec 02
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Collage Explorations 1

This course will introduce the fundamentals of creating a wide range of collage works. The collage process is based on material selected, isolated and then transformed through recombination and arrangement. We will work with a variety of intriguing collage materials such as photo-based imagery, maps and other paper ephemera to fine washi papers and fabric.  We will transform this material through elaborate cutting and re-assemblage with glues, mediums and stitching, as well as in combination with painting and drawing. We will explore both image-based works and abstraction through compositions using pattern and repetition, layering and transparency, as well as creating three-dimensional space in our collages.  This course will also explore the rich history of collage, from its origins in paper cutting and folk traditions to Dada and DIY attitudes in contemporary art practice.

Collage Explorations 1 offers all students an opportunity to expand their thinking about composition, process and materials and offers exciting art making possibilities for students who are coming from drawing and painting practices.

539 with Donnely Smallwood
Sep 13 to Nov 29
TUE 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Collage Explorations 2

This course is intended for students who have successfully completed Collage Explorations 1 and for those who wish to further explore their explorations. Students will work with a wide range of found materials, which are transformed through the process of collage, assemblage and installation. This course is structured thematically, with a series of projects based on one or more topics for exploration. Some of the past investigations include fairytales, mapping and cities, and the sensory body. Students can choose to work on structured assignments or in a self-directed way with a view towards developing a cohesive body of work. Throughout the course, reference will be made to the history of collage and assemblage as well as collage and assemblage as a contemporary art practice. These references will inform and enrich art making, dialogue, and discussion.

Note: This course is an appropriate follow-up to the Collage Explorations 1 course. If students have not taken this, they should have equivalent previous experience. No class held Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving.

540 with Donnely Smallwood
Sep 12 to Dec 05
MON 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Experiencing Contemporary Art: Gallery Hop

Explore the evolution of art from 1965 to the present day with gallery tours, slide lectures and selected readings. This dynamic course is designed to facilitate the understanding and interpretation of contemporary art by introducing students to some of the themes, issues and structures of current art practices. The emphasis is definitely on visiting the galleries exhibiting the most challenging, relevant art but well-selected readings and pertinent slide lectures also clarify the defining characteristics of modernist, postmodernist and contemporary art. The stylistic and material diversity of the contemporary is surveyed in this course: practices ranging from traditional media like painting and sculpture to new media like digital works and installations are considered and contextualized, while numerous artistic modes such as appropriation, conceptualism, pluralism, identity art, and relationalism are examined. Lively discussions during and after gallery visits, lectures, visiting artists and readings will also be a key component of this course.

Note: No experience necessary. Any entrance fees or transportation costs are the responsibility of the student.

308 with Andy Fabo
Sep 14 to Nov 30
WED 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

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 processes such as relief printing, frottage, marbling, stencilling, sponging on paper, wood, and canvas, etc. Students will organize and assemble the project pieces to create a series of mixed media works combining a variety of different surfaces and effects during this course. This class is designed for beginners and those wishing to experiment with new methods of working with texture and combinations of traditional and non-traditional materials. Demonstrations, reviews and samples will provide inspiration with each class session. 

516 with Jacqueline Treloar
Oct 28 to Dec 02
FRI 2:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTER

Image Development

This course follows a series of interpretive exercises that show you where your creativity is most inspired and active. It is designed to provide you with the tools to overcome creative blocks, sustain an idea once you've started and deepen the development of your inspiration into a series. Drawing is the language of the course, which is ideal for anyone comfortable expressing themselves in this medium, in any style or technique. Do your ideas come from your feelings, your conceptual mind, your memories, your senses, the movements of your body? Come and discover. 

Note: All levels welcome.

301 with Megan Williams
Sep 12 to Dec 05
MON 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER
6- & 8-Week Courses

We offer some of our courses in a shorter, more accessible calendar of six weeks. This format includes courses for various levels, and in a range of disciplines: drawing,…

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6- & 8-Week Courses

We offer some of our courses in a shorter, more accessible calendar of six weeks. This format includes courses for various levels, and in a range of disciplines: drawing, mixed media, painting, sculpture, digital courses and art history. Six-week courses offer students a more condensed, but still comprehensive, hands-on learning experience.

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Drawing as a Contemporary Practice

This course is designed to give students a better idea of the scope of possibilities of various drawing media. Assignments will be geared toward expanding the student’s notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. Drawing from the figure will be de-emphasized in order to find other sources for making work. There will be assignments using mylar sheets to create layered images and large scale drawing as well as simple altered book formats. Slide and video presentations will show students how other artists have used drawing in many challenging formats.

Note: Students should have some drawing experience, or completed drawing or mixed media courses.

519 with Amanda McCavour
Oct 20 to Dec 08
THU 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Introduction to Watercolour

This course will provide a fundamental approach to watercolour, for both the beginner and advanced student, with an emphasis on transparency, colour mixing, brushworks, washes and illumination while being true to the John Singer Sargent approach to the medium. Students will work from still-life and landscape and can expect demonstrations followed by ample painting time, and a critique towards the end of each class. 

629 with Brian Hoxha
Sep 15 to Dec 01
THU 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Urban and Street Photography

Learn the basics of Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop in the streets, alleyways and parks of Toronto. Studio instruction will include understanding how your digital camera works and how to take the best photo possible. Excursions into the city will put theory into practice. Back in the studio participants will work with Adobe Photoshop to apply creative techniques that make their photos stand out.

Note: A digital camera of any type is essential for this course and some knowledge of computers is helpful but not essential. This course uses CS6 Master Collection. This is a 6-week course.

918 with John Bingham
Sep 17 to Oct 22
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER

Intermediate Drawing

This course is designed to further develop the student’s observational drawing skill set. Through in class projects students will work toward completed drawings with various types of dry media on various surfaces.  Topics will include dry media and surface exploration, 3-point perspective, rendering surfaces through still life, and long pose format life drawing.  With a blend of traditional and contemporary observational drawing techniques an emphasis will be placed on exploring the expressive potential of shape and line treatment and its relationship to value and light. 

636 with Paul Turner
Oct 17 to Dec 05
MON 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Collage Journals, Travelogues and Altered Books

This course explores the process of creating collage journals, travelogues and altered books 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 sketch book form.

Sketchbooks and intriguing found books will be reconfigured through collage, drawing and paint and ink processes. We will work with unusual collage papers and fabrics as well as found images and text. The collage journals can work for daily art practice, in preparation for travel, or as a thematic exploration.

We will transform photo based imagery through cutting and reassembly, create under painting for collage and drawing, build layers and transparency, add inserts, envelopes and tags, make simple photo transfers, use text and narrative, fabric and stitching. Much of our explorations can be adapted for travelling and small studio practice.

583 with Donnely Smallwood
Oct 14 to Dec 02
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Chinese Brush Experiment - Ink & Wash

Learn various techniques of expression through unique brush art materials and the 'free-hand' style of line-drawing, wash-and-ink, wash-and-colour, special effects, and contemporary techniques. Discover another understanding and existence of the art world. Unblock creativity through art by practicing in synthesis of art, culture, theory, and philosophy. Clear the mind of junk and enjoy the expression of inside out, flow of ideas, mind-opening and a better focus on yourself. Reach the deep balance between the inner world and outside expression.

Note: Detailed instruction and demonstration are provided. No experience required.

562 with Wenyun Hua
Oct 13 to Dec 01
THU 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

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 processes such as relief printing, frottage, marbling, stencilling, sponging on paper, wood, and canvas, etc. Students will organize and assemble the project pieces to create a series of mixed media works combining a variety of different surfaces and effects during this course. This class is designed for beginners and those wishing to experiment with new methods of working with texture and combinations of traditional and non-traditional materials. Demonstrations, reviews and samples will provide inspiration with each class session. 

516 with Jacqueline Treloar
Oct 28 to Dec 02
FRI 2:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTER

Documentary Photography

Students will photograph a couple documentary assignments, plus one main self-directed idea during this workshop.  Time will be spent reviewing ideas and concepts of the different projects by discussing students’ work.  Imagery from other documentary photographers will be shown and discussed in class.  There will be one-on-one reviews with the instructor, as well as class critiques to give feedback on each documentary project.  File management and processing RAW files will be discussed.

Note: A digital camera of any type is essential for this course - we suggest a DSLR. Some knowledge of computers is helpful but not essential. This course uses CS6 Master Collection. This is a 6-week course.

427 with Tobi Asmoucha
Oct 26 to Nov 30
WED 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Contemporary Techniques for Abstract Painting

Creative application and unique handling of paint is integral to abstract painting but is typically underdeveloped by fledgling painters.  This is unfortunate considering that this skill is an artistic one that highlights individuality and contributes to a painting’s aesthetic impact.  This eight-week course will introduce students to various application techniques to broaden their perspective beyond primary skills.  Taken in advance or as a complement to Abstract Painting, this course will highlight both contemporary techniques and individual artists whose approach illustrate the aesthetic qualities dominating current painting practices today. Demonstrations highlighting painting techniques will precede studio exercises to foster creative and technical development.

Note: Suitable for both acrylic and oil painters.

151 with Celia Neubauer
Oct 18 to Dec 06
TUE 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Professional Studio: The Practical Guide for Artists

Professional Studio guides emerging artists through the development of the skills necessary to enter the art community beyond the school environment. Topics covered will be how to: Put an art practice plan into action, write an Artist Statement and CV, document and archive art activity, locate a venue and develop a target audience, display, sell and ship art, access services for artists including grants, exhibition venues etc. As part of the program schedule, a special topics presentation, featuring a prominent member of the arts community, will highlight an aspect of studio life as it relates to the course. 

Note: This is a 6-week course.

302 with Angela Leach
Oct 27 to Dec 01
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Painting the Interior: Capturing Light

The art of landscape painting remains a popular genre for many contemporary painters. Landscapes still have the power to engage and provide a platform for creative invention. Some artists continue to paint from life, while many others rely on photos as an image source. This option provides more choice and selection and enables artists to be more spontaneous and imaginative in their painting practice. In this six-week course, students will paint landscapes that combine observational painting with imaginary input. Working exclusively from photos, students will learn various techniques to alter or change their imagery before reproducing them in paint. Students can expect to execute between 3 - 4 paintings.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, plus one of the following: Fundamental Oils or Fundamental Acrylics, or have some painting experience. This is a 6-week course.

322 with Celia Neubauer
Oct 25 to Nov 29
TUE 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Painting: Reinventing the Landscape

The art of landscape painting remains a popular genre for many contemporary painters. Landscapes still have the power to engage and provide a platform for creative invention.  Some artists continue to paint from life, while many others rely on photos as an image source.  This option provides more choice and selection and enables artists to be more spontaneous and imaginative in their painting practice. In this six-week course, students will paint landscapes that combine observational painting with imaginary input.  Working exclusively from photos, students will learn various techniques to alter or change their imagery before reproducing them in paint.  Students can expect to execute between 3 - 4 paintings. Media: Oil or Acrylic.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, plus one of the following: Fundamental Oils or Fundamental Acrylics, or have some painting experience. This is a 6-week course.

321 with Celia Neubauer
Sep 13 to Oct 18
TUE 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Drawing on Mylar

In drawing and painting circles, Mylar has become an ever-popular support.  Sometimes described as Polyester film, it is used by artists for its archival quality and impermeable surface.  These two factors plus its durability make it an ideal support for drawing based materials.  This eight-week course will introduce students to a spectrum of drawing techniques using graphite, conte, charcoal powder, oil stick and ink markers.  Students will be shown a range of application techniques via demos and samples of artists’ work.  Upon completion, students will have an introductory knowledge of Mylar that will provide an additional option for creative and artistic practice.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing or Painting course or have basic drawing skills.

234 with Celia Neubauer
Oct 17 to Dec 05
MON 2:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTER

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 and value and implement using practical applications.

Note: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour-language skills. This course is intended for Acrylic painters. This is an 8-week course.

126 with Angela Leach
Oct 14 to Dec 02
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Fundamental Oils 1

This introductory course will provide the beginner with practical and technical knowledge of oil paint.  Taken in advance or as a compliment to Basic Painting, the course will familiarize students with oil colours, mediums and the properties specific to each.   Demonstrations relating to technique will be ongoing, detailing both traditional and contemporary styles of application and the aesthetic qualities specific to each.  Upon completion, students should possess a greater sensitivity to and knowledge of the medium that will take them beyond formative training.  Issues of health and safety relating to the use of handling of oil paints will be interwoven throughout the course.

Note: This course is a good pre-requisite for Fundamental Oils 2 or Basic Painting. No class held Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving.

118 with Celia Neubauer
Sep 12 to Oct 24
MON 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Fundamental Oils 2

In this six-week course, students will apply a range of application techniques introduced in Fundamentals Oils 1.  Painting projects will migrate back and forth from two-dimensional images to real-life subjects commonly seen in still-life subjects. Via demos and visual sources, students will be guided through various small exercises that build on their application and creative skills. When possible, small original paintings will be highlighted to further expand and clarify project objectives and to highlight visual results specific to certain application techniques.

Note: This course is a good pre-requisite for Fundamental Oils 2 or Basic Painting. No class held Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving.

119 with Celia Neubauer
Oct 31 to Dec 05
MON 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Photoshop: Digital Abstracts

Long considered as the go to tool for fine tuning digital photography and creating compelling and complex montages, Digital Abstracts introduces students to one more side of Adobe Photoshop. A purely digital course, Digital Abstracts prepares students to use digital photos, scans and online imagery as the basis of endless variations of abstract expression. Students will learn the basics of Photoshop layering and advance into the use of digital blending and filter application in six project driven classes. This course uses CS6 Master Collection.

Note: Basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or experience with Microsoft Windows. This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate-level students.

919 with John Bingham
Oct 29 to Dec 03
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER
Youth & Family

Featuring our year-round Youth Art Studio, as well as special March Break and Summer Art Camp programs, our youth courses guide young artists (ages 11-17) through age-app…

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Youth & Family

Featuring our year-round Youth Art Studio, as well as special March Break and Summer Art Camp programs, our youth courses guide young artists (ages 11-17) through age-appropriate explorations of various mediums and processes. Field trips to art galleries provide inspiration, and hands-on studio time develops technical skills and a personal style through experimentation and creative problem-solving.

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Art Explorations (Ages 11-13) | PA Day Youth Art Program

Toronto School of Art offers an exciting art filled day for your child’s day off. Young artists ages 11-13 years old will enjoy a day of creativity and skill building exploring materials, followed by an interactive gallery field trip. During the morning session, students will explore drawing and collage using ink, watercolour and graphite.  In the afternoon the class will visit the Art Gallery of Ontario to look at current exhibitions and draw in the Henry Moore room.

Note: Spaces are limited limited, please register early.

359 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Oct 07 to Oct 07
FRI 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM REGISTER

Youth Art Studio (Ages 14-17)

This fun and exciting program allows students ages 14 -17 to explore their imagination and sample various techniques with a hands on approach in traditional and contemporary methods, ultimately find their own voice through the arts. Through (life) drawing, painting, sculpture/object making, collage, assemblage, mixed media, students learn technical skills, knowledge of contemporary visual arts and art history, and are encouraged to develop their own personal creative process. Field trips to museums and galleries as well as exhibition are also an integral part of the program.

925 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Sep 17 to Dec 03
SAT 12:45pm - 3:45pm REGISTER

Youth Art Studio (Ages 11-13)

923 Youth Studio is a visual art course designed for 11-13 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 own artistic language and expression. This includes drawing (one life drawing session with a clothed model) and painting from observation and imagination exploring line, shape, texture, perspective and composition as well as preparing surfaces and colour mixing. Collage, assemblage, and 3-dimensional explorations will include various materials including paper, wire, wood, found objects and natural elements. We will also explore mono printing, creating stamps and designing textures and patterns. The students will be introduced to artists throughout history including contemporary artists in connection with their projects, and will also go on field trips to museums and/or galleries to see and discuss the artwork on site.

Note: Please bring a nut-free snack.

923 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Sep 17 to Dec 03
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER
Digital Media

Digital artists practicing as industry professionals will provide students with a cache of tools to learn basic skills and master their craft in the digital world. Using …

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Digital Media

Digital artists practicing as industry professionals will provide students with a cache of tools to learn basic skills and master their craft in the digital world. Using programs in the latest Adobe Creative Suite, students can also focus their studies on digital illustration and sculpting, digital photography and editing, and digital portfolio building.

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Documentary Photography

Students will photograph a couple documentary assignments, plus one main self-directed idea during this workshop.  Time will be spent reviewing ideas and concepts of the different projects by discussing students’ work.  Imagery from other documentary photographers will be shown and discussed in class.  There will be one-on-one reviews with the instructor, as well as class critiques to give feedback on each documentary project.  File management and processing RAW files will be discussed.

Note: A digital camera of any type is essential for this course - we suggest a DSLR. Some knowledge of computers is helpful but not essential. This course uses CS6 Master Collection. This is a 6-week course.

427 with Tobi Asmoucha
Oct 26 to Nov 30
WED 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Urban and Street Photography

Learn the basics of Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop in the streets, alleyways and parks of Toronto. Studio instruction will include understanding how your digital camera works and how to take the best photo possible. Excursions into the city will put theory into practice. Back in the studio participants will work with Adobe Photoshop to apply creative techniques that make their photos stand out.

Note: A digital camera of any type is essential for this course and some knowledge of computers is helpful but not essential. This course uses CS6 Master Collection. This is a 6-week course.

918 with John Bingham
Sep 17 to Oct 22
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER

Creative Photoshop Basics

This 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 students the principles of Photoshop and art-making on a computer. Projects will develop skills while inspiring students to create original digital artwork that encourages personal discovery and direction.

Note: Students should have some basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or experience with Microsoft Windows. Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite CS6 is used for this course.

441 with John Bingham
Sep 12 to Dec 05
MON 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Photoshop: Digital Abstracts

Long considered as the go to tool for fine tuning digital photography and creating compelling and complex montages, Digital Abstracts introduces students to one more side of Adobe Photoshop. A purely digital course, Digital Abstracts prepares students to use digital photos, scans and online imagery as the basis of endless variations of abstract expression. Students will learn the basics of Photoshop layering and advance into the use of digital blending and filter application in six project driven classes. This course uses CS6 Master Collection.

Note: Basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or experience with Microsoft Windows. This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate-level students. This is a 6-week course.

919 with John Bingham
Oct 29 to Dec 03
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER

Digital Sculpting with ZBrush

ZBrush is the leading digital sculpting software in the industry. ZBrush feels very much like traditional sculpting and allows for limitless creativity. This course is geared towards beginner and intermediate students who wish to gain a solid foundation in digital sculpting. Beginners will be introduced to ZBrush and learn how to sculpt simple organic objects. They will then move on to working on a more elaborate personal project involving figure studies, characters creation, clothing and organic environments. Intermediate student will be able to take it further by learning how to paint on 3D models inside ZBrush and sculpt hard surface/mechanical objects such as props, weapons, armors, robots & vehicles. Students will able to make a presentation sheet and turntable animation movie of their final work.

914 with Florian Jacot
Sep 17 to Dec 03
SAT 12:45pm - 3:45pm REGISTER

Illustrator/Photoshop

This introductory level 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 and import image files, design layouts for graphic posters, magazine spreads, book covers, packaging, pattern making, perspective drawing, typographic design, etc, and how to set up files for professional output. All available Illustrator tools will be thoroughly explained in an ongoing per-project basis. Photoshop will also be addressed. It is used by many industries/professions and outputs to a wide range files types. Among the options explored in Photoshop are: editing image files from a variety of sources; creating digital paintings and/or illustrations; laying out & designing projects for print, web and/or devices; distressing images and text; and creating and applying batch actions to folders of images. This course uses CS6 Master Collection.

Note: Students should have basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or extensive experience with Microsoft Windows. Basic knowledge of Photoshop is recommended.

408 with Joe Hambleton
Sep 13 to Nov 29
TUE 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER
Professional Practice and Image Development

Professional Development courses offer students an opportunity to delve into both practical and exploratory ground in their artistic endeavors. Concentrating on the serio…

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Professional Practice and Image Development

Professional Development courses offer students an opportunity to delve into both practical and exploratory ground in their artistic endeavors. Concentrating on the serious and pragmatic path to becoming a professional practicing artist, areas are addressed that may not arise in other classes. These courses provide career-building opportunities, such as guiding students in producing their first portfolio, as well as a marketed group exhibition to assist more seasoned artists in successfully navigating the contemporary art world.

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Portfolio Development

TSA’s Portfolio Development Course is designed for individuals seeking entry into post-secondary art programs such as fine arts, animation, graphic design, industrial design, fashion design, interior design and other art programs offered across the country that require a portfolio for entrance. This course focuses on building a portfolio of their visual artwork by providing studio-based projects, exploration, and concept development in drawing, life drawing, painting, sculpture, and portfolio preparation. Students will have the opportunity to present their ongoing projects in group critiques as well as having individual one-on-one critiques with the Instructor and other Faculty.

This course will also include activities and excursions in the local area, group critiques, discussions, and includes 1 additional class from TSA’s regular curriculum. It is recommended that students take a class that specialized in their area of interest. Students will have the opportunity to discuss interests and various courses with the Instructor during the interview. Admission is based upon a Portfolio Review.  The Monday Portfolio Development course and tutorial are mandatory.

Note: To learn more and/or register, please contact the office. 416.504.7910 | info@tsa-art.com

Prerequisite: Admission is based upon a Portfolio Review.

130 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Sep 19 to Nov 28
MON 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Professional Studio: The Practical Guide for Artists

Professional Studio guides emerging artists through the development of the skills necessary to enter the art community beyond the school environment. Topics covered will be how to: Put an art practice plan into action, write an Artist Statement and CV, document and archive art activity, locate a venue and develop a target audience, display, sell and ship art, access services for artists including grants, exhibition venues etc. As part of the program schedule, a special topics presentation, featuring a prominent member of the arts community, will highlight an aspect of studio life as it relates to the course. 

Note: This is a 6-week course.

302 with Angela Leach
Oct 27 to Dec 01
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Image Development

This course follows a series of interpretive exercises that show you where your creativity is most inspired and active. It is designed to provide you with the tools to overcome creative blocks, sustain an idea once you've started and deepen the development of your inspiration into a series. Drawing is the language of the course, which is ideal for anyone comfortable expressing themselves in this medium, in any style or technique. Do your ideas come from your feelings, your conceptual mind, your memories, your senses, the movements of your body? Come and discover. 

Note: All levels welcome.

301 with Megan Williams
Sep 12 to Dec 05
MON 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

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AMANDA McCAVOUR

GUEST INSTRUCTOR, DRAWING

Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist creating large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread's assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.

McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and in May 2014 she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.  McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in Ottawa (ON), Virginia Beach (VA) and Vancouver (BC). She has completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, at Maison des Metiers D’art de Quebec in Quebec City and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. She has received numerous awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America.

EDUCATION

2014 MFA in Fibers and Material Studies, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (USA)
2007 BFA in Visual Arts Studio, York University, Toronto, ON


www.amandamccavour.com

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SHEA CHANG

GUEST INSTRUCTOR, DRAWING

Shea Chang is a Toronto based artist, designer and educator. Born in Vancouver, she studied fine art at Langara College and completed her undergraduate studies in illustration at Ontario College of Art and Design University. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in numerous publications in North America and her illustrated children's book Tarentelle was a finalist in the 2011 Governor Generals Awards. She now maintains a dynamic creative practice through commissions and exhibiting personal work while teaching at TSA and OCAD University.

EDUCATION
2007 Bachelor of Design, OCADU Toronto ON - With Honours/ Medal Winner

2003 Diploma of Fine Art, Langara College Vancouver BC


www.sheachang,com

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ROBERTA McNAUGHTON

PAINTING

Roberta McNaughton was born 1966 in Toronto, Ontario and has degrees from both the Ontario College of Art and Design and Guelph University. She is also presently an MFA candidate at OCADU.

Her work has been exhibited in both public and commercial galleries in Toronto, and commercial galleries in Los Angeles, and London, England. McNaughton's paintings are in the collection of several corporations such as TD Bank; they are also in the collection of the National Archives in Ottawa. She has received several Ontario Arts Council grants and currently shows with Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto.

EDUCATION

2014 MFA, Ontario College of Art & Design

1994 BFA, University of Guelph

1989 AOCAD, Ontario College of Art


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PEARL VAN GEEST

PAINTING

Pearl Van Geest is a practicing artist and experienced art educator who has designed and taught courses, workshops and educational programming for art schools, public art galleries, businesses, special events and public schools and universities since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996. In both her artistic practice and pedagogical approach she is deeply committed to the creative process itself and the possibilities that develop for innovation and expression.

Van Geest’s paintings are part of the Canada Council’s Art Bank Collection. She was shortlisted for the RBC’s Canadian Painting Prize in 2003 and was included in the Magenta Foundation’s 2008 publication on Canadian painters, Carte Blanche: Vol. 2.  She has been awarded grants from Ontario and Canada Arts Councils and was recently was selected to be the City of Guelph’s inaugural Artist in the Community 2014.

 

EDUCATION

1981 Bachelor of Science, University of Guelph

1986 Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto

1996 Associate of Ontario College of Art (AOCAD), OCAD

2014 Master of Fine Arts, University of Windsor


www.pearlvangeest.com

https://pearlvangeest.wordpress.com

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KIMBERLEY LILLYWHITE

MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS ADMINISTRATOR
Kimberley Lillywhite joined the Toronto School of Art team in 2014 as the Marketing and Promotions Administrator. She develops creative content and the social media plan, and manages donations and sponsorship for special events throughout the year. She also works closely with the Student and Events Coordinator for TSA's participation in events such as Nuit Blanche, BIG on Bloor, Redpath Festival, and more. 
 
Kimberley is a visual artist interested in exploring architectural abstraction in acrylic. She experiments with mediums and mixed media and attended the Golden Artist Residency in 2014. She also currently holds the role of Administrative Director at the Red Head Gallery.
EDUCATION

2012 Bachelor of Applied Arts, Illustration. Sheridan College. Oakville, ON


kimberleylillywhite.com

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ANDY FABO

DRAWING & ART HISTORY

Andy Fabo is a Toronto artist, art critic, independent curator and art educator. Since his first solo show at A Space in Toronto in 1979, he has exhibited across Canada and internationally. In 2005 he was given a retrospective at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.  He is the author of several essays and reviews in Canadian periodicals (C Magazine, Descant, Parachute, Fuse) as well as many exhibition catalogues. He has taught in many Canadian universities, including McMaster, York, Brock and U of T.  His paintings and drawings are in museum collections across Canada and his videos (collaborations with Michael Balser) have screened globally and are in numerous North American and European collections.

EDUCATION

2013 Master of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design Program) OCAD University

1973-75 Alberta College Of Art And Design, Calgary

1971-72 Alliance Française, Paris

1970-71 University Of Calgary


https://www.visualaids.org/artists/detail/andy-fabo

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ANGELA LEACH

Painting

Since 1992, Angela Leach has exhibited her work across Canada including solo shows at Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto; Owens Art Gallery, Sackville; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary and State Gallery in Vancouver. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Painting Center, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and Mount St. Vincent  Art Gallery, Halifax. Leach is an active educator in the visual arts. She currently lives and works in Scarborough, Ontario.

EDUCATION

1989 Associate of the Ontario College of Art.


www.angelaleach.com

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MARTHA ELEEN

PAINTING & DRAWING

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.

EDUCATION
  • 1984 Honours Degree, Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver

www.marthaeleen.com

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MEGAN WILLIAMS

FIGURE DRAWING

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.

EDUCATION
  • 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 AOCA, OCAD, Toronto

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PAUL ROBERT TURNER

DRAWING & PAINTING

Paul Robert Turner has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 2009. Born (1975) and raised in Kingston Ontario Canada, Paul Robert Turner attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) from 1994 to 1998. Upon completion of the Drawing and Painting program, he then studied classical animation at Sheridan College and academic drawing at the Michael John Angel Academy of Art. Paul Robert Turner is a Canadian Figurative Oil Painter living and working in Toronto, Canada and is a co–founder of AWOL Collective, Gallery and Studios. Paul is a grant recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

In 2007 and 2009 he was selected as an exhibiting finalist for The Kingston Prize, Canada's only national portrait competition. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally can be found in private collections in Canada, England, France, Israel and the United States.

EDUCATION
  • 2000 Study of Classical Drawing and Painting, Michael John Angel Traditional Schools
  • 1998 AOCAD, Drawing and Painting, Ontario College of Art and Design
  • 1993 Creative Arts County Program, QECVI, Kingston, ON

www.paulrobertturner.com

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ELIZABETH D‘AGOSTINO

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Elizabeth D'Agostino is a Toronto-based Artist, Educator and Arts Administrator and has worked at TSA since 2004. As the Managing Director she coordinates the curriculum of all courses and programs as well as the daily operations of the school. Previously, Elizabeth was the Associate Dean at White Mountain Academy of the Arts she also directed the Printmaking Program. She has also taught at Ontario College of Art and Design University and the Ringling College of Art and Design.

D'Agostino's recent work combines printmaking with sculpture creating installations that examine human interaction within settings surrounded by environmental and physical change. Hybrid forms are created from human artifacts, anatomical references, insects, vegetable and animal life. Within these invented environment relationships in space and structure are re-purposed to create new narratives modified and influenced by their unique characteristics and surroundings.

Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally including Iziko: Museum of Cape Town, South Africa, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, and The Print Center, Philadelphia. In addition, D'Agostino's prints can also be found in many private and public collections including the University of Changchun Jilin, China; Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, and Ernst and Young, Canada. Elizabeth was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2014 National Open Studio Printmaking Awards, and was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to create a carpet design for the newly renovated Canada House in London, England.

EDUCATION
  • 1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.), University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1998 Masters of Fine Arts, Studio Art, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA

www.elizabethdagostino.com

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STACY LEWIS

OFFICE MANAGER

Stacy Lewis joined the Toronto School of Art office in 2013. She was previously an art administrator for four years at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she coordinated Family Programs and aspects of the museum's school outreach artist residency program, Learning Through Art. She has also been an art educator for the past decade in museum, classroom and studio settings, focusing on children ages 4-12, and currently also works as an educator at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Her art practice variously includes photography, painting and mixed media. In her work, she explores nostalgia, interconnectedness and happenstance through the everyday, overlooked and forgotten. She has exhibited in group shows in New York City and Toronto.

EDUCATION
  • 2001 Bachelor of Arts, Humanities, California State University, Chico, California, United States
  • 2004 Master's in Museology, Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam School of the Arts, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2010-Present Coursework at Toronto School of Art, Toronto, Ontario

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RENEE CASTONGUAY

STUDENT AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

Renée Castonguay is a visual and performance artist and joined Toronto School of Art in 2013. She works closely with the TSA community, and coordinates volunteers and student/ special events throughout the year.

Her interest in dance/ movement and identity lead her to develop a stage presence for a print-minded studio practice. She investigates the relationship between the felt body and constructed things with a unique vocabulary of material theatricality, repetitive gesture, and accumulative tasks and actions.

She has participated in various International print exchange portfolio projects, collaborative artist books, and has been an active member and workshop facilitator in print shop collectives, community art centres, and performance production collectives in the US and Canada. She co-curated her BFA Thesis Exhibition at the ICA, Portland, ME, and produced the 15th Annual HIV/AIDS Art Exhibition at the VAV Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal.

EDUCATION
  • 2012 MFA, Studio Arts - Concordia University - Montréal, QC, CA
  • 2008 BFA, Printmaking with Honors - Maine College of Art - Portland, ME, USA
  • 2006 Visiting Student, Printmaking and Painting - Glasgow School of Art - Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • 2004- 2006 Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Boston, MA, USA

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TINA OEHMSEN-CLARK

SCULPTURE & DRAWING

Tina Oehmsen-Clark has been working as an artist and art educator since the early 80's and 90's 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.

EDUCATION
  • 1991 Art and Education, High School Teaching Diploma, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 1987 BA and MFA, Art Academy Hamburg, Germany

www.tinaoehmsenclark.com/

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TINA POPLAWSKI

PAINTING

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.

EDUCATION
  • 1977 Fine Arts Diploma, Visual Art, New School of Art
  • 1975 BFA, Fine Arts, York University

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TOBI ASMOUCHA

PHOTOGRAPHY & DIGITAL

Tobi Asmoucha, a commercial and editorial freelance photographer, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 1997. She also teaches at the Haliburton School of Art and Gallery 44.

Asmoucha’s images explore themes of community and the rituals that bind them, and have appeared in publications such as Canadian Geographic. Her documentary work has received a National Magazine Award and many nominations, as well as Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Jewish Arts Council grants. Currently, Asmoucha is a core member of PhotoSensitive, and her work is in collections at MOCCA and the Canadian War Museum.

EDUCATION
  • 1992 Bachelor of Applied Arts, Still Photography, Ryerson

www.tobiphoto.com

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TOM CAMPBELL

PAINTING

Tom Campbell, a Toronto-based painter, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1989, with teaching stints at Sanford Fleming College, Sheridan College and the ROM. Since 2000, he has also travelled to the Aegean island of Ikaria every other spring to teach at the Ikarian Cultural Centre.

Campbell had his first major one-man show at Gallery Stratford in 1985, won the Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery prize for painting and joined the stable of artists at the Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto and Vancouver). More recently, other projects of interest have included painting the giant shipwreck mural for John Greyson’s feature film Zero Patience and painting a CD cover for alternative pop band Stars. On television, he was featured in “Artists in the Urban Environment” forSpectrum and Star Portraits, which aired on Bravo. His most recent exhibitions have been in Ottawa at the Galleria St Laurent + HilI and in C Word (Craft in the Fine Arts) curated by Richard Mongiat at The Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto.

EDUCATION
  • 2004 Sculpture, Crawford College of Art, Cork
  • 1995 Sculpture, University of Northumbria, Newcastle
  • 1994 Foundation, Leeds College of Art & Design
  • 1993 Pre-Foundation, Dumfries Technical College
  • 1990 Highers, St. Joseph’s College, Dumfries

www.tomcampbellartist.com

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THOMAS HENDRY

FIGURE DRAWING

Thomas Hendry, a Toronto-based artist, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. Hendry as been active as an art instructor for over a decade, and he believes that learning art should be positive discovery process. He practises this teaching philosophy beyond the Toronto School of Art at Sheridan College, The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, OCAD Outreach Program and the Toronto District School Board.

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.

EDUCATION
  • 1996 BA (Honours), University of Guelph
  • 1994 Diploma (Honours), Ontario College of Art
  • 1983 Arts’ Sake Inc.

www.thomasdraws.blogspot.ca

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MARIE LEHMAN

FIGURE STUDIES

Marie Lehman, a medical illustrator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 1990.

Her work has been published in textbooks and international medical journals such as the Annals of Thoracic surgery, Canadian Journal of Surgery, British Journal of Plastic Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Canadian Critical Care Nursing Journal."

EDUCATION
  • 1982 Bachelor of Science, Art as Applied to Medicine, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
  • 1978 Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Toronto
  • 1979 Fine Art and Communication Graphics, 12 credits, Ontario College of Art

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JOE HAMBLETON

DIGITAL & VIDEO ART

Joe Hambleton, a Canadian-born artist and educator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2010. Previously, he taught at York University, Ontario College for Art and Design and Sheridan College.

As a storyteller, Hambleton uses art and the medium of video to create narratives that explore his personal experience and surroundings. By continually altering his process through research and experimentation, Hambleton furthers his understanding of the narrative devices and processes found in other media such as film, video games, music and literature. As Hambleton applies these narrative devices and processes to video, he progressively creates narrative structures that reflect his personality and influences. His work has been shown across North America, Europe and Asia and is represented by the Pari Nadimi Gallery.

EDUCATION
  • 2008 MFA in Visual Arts, York University, Toronto

www.joehambleton.com

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JOHN BINGHAM

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

John Bingham, a photographer and graphic artist, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. Bingham established his career in traditional photography, but was quick to realize the potential of the newly evolving digital medium. As a result, his unique photographic style and understanding of Photoshop technique has made him a highly sought out industry professional and private tutor. Looking to share his knowledge with other artists, Bingham has found great satisfaction in helping new students of digital photography and 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 and he has photographed on assignment in the Canadian Arctic, South America and China. John’s client list includes a number of the country’s largest corporations, professional theater companies and television producers. His photographs have been published in Canadian books and magazines, documentary films and are included in several private collections. Most recently he has developed a unique collection of digital based abstract prints that are being marketed successfully with an internet photo agency. For the last two years he has shown at the Contact Photography Festival and at the 2013 Toronto Urban Photography Festival.

EDUCATION
  • 2000 Digital Diploma, International School of Art, Toronto
  • 1967 Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University, Ottawa

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JOE FLEMING

PAINTING

Joe Fleming has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2002. In addition, Fleming has previously been an instructor at OCAD and Sheridan College.

Fleming has been exhibiting internationally for over 15 years, with representation in Vancouver, Calgary, Singapore, Bali and Malaysia. His work has been included in many international art fairs: Rogue Wave Singapore, courtesy of Gallery Taksu, as well as FIAC in Paris, Arte Cologne in Germany, Scope in New York and TIAF in Toronto, all courtesy of Artcore. Fleming’s work is also included in many corporate and public collections: Trimark Mutual Funds, Honeywell Bull, American Barrick, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (Malaysia), HSBC Bank, Choo Mei Lin Cathay Organization Singapore, Australian High Commission, Canadian High Commission (Kuala Lumpur), the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Museum of Civilization (Hull, Québec) and the Holocaust Museum (LA). In 2009, Fleming’s work was included in Carte Blanche 2: Painting.

EDUCATION
  • 1970–79 Ottawa School of Art
  • 1983–86 Sheridan College of Applied Arts

www.joefleming.com

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JACQUELINE TRELOAR

MIXED MEDIA

Jacqueline Treloar, an English-born artist and educator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2006. Before moving to Canada, she spent twelve years running a textile design studio in Northern Italy.

Treloar’s work has won her several accolades over the years, including the Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence, and her work has been featured in numerous periodicals, journals and books, such as Fibrearts, Surfacing, Ontario Craft, Azure andToronto Life. Since coming to Canada in 1984, Treloar has presented her work in exhibitions at the Ontario Crafts Council, the John B. Aird Gallery, the Homer Watson Gallery, the Museum for Textiles, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Library and Gallery in Cambridge, among other institutions.

EDUCATION
  •     1969 National Diploma in Art and Design, Central School of Art and Design, London, England
  •     1969 B.F.A., Council for National Academic Awards, London, England

www.jatreloar.com

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FLORIAN JACOT

SCULPTURE

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.

EDUCATION
  • 2008 Digital Animation Diploma, Centennial College, Toronto
  • 2001 Classical Animation Diploma , Classical Figurative Drawing and Painting, ARC Accredited Atelier, Max the Mutt Animation Inc, Toronto
  • 1999 Academy of Realist Art (Michael John Angel Studio), Toronto
  • 1999 Art Diploma, Interdisciplinary Art Program, Art Centre of Central Technical School, Toronto
  • 1995 Post-Secondary Diploma, Preparatory Program for Medical Careers, École de préparation aux formations paramédicales, Switzerland

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DONNELY SMALLWOOD

COLLAGE & ASSEMBLAGE

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.

EDUCATION
  • 1985 BFA Honours, University of Manitoba School of Art

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CELIA NEUBAUER

PAINTING & DRAWING

Celia Neubauer, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting at the Toronto School of Art since 2001. Previously, she taught at Queen’s University, Kingston, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Her own works are influenced stylistically and conceptually by her interest in historical tradition. Her landscapes reflect a modernity that bridges both figurative realism and formal abstraction. Her works are included in the collections of BMO Financial Group, Canada Life, Four Seasons, Dubai, Donovan Collection, Hewlett-Packard Canada Ltd., Live Entertainment of Canada Inc., Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board, Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington, Toronto, and other private collections. Neubauer’s paintings have also been featured in various publications, such as Abstract Painting in Canada, House and Home and Carte Blanche 2: Painting.

EDUCATION
  • 1990 Higher Diploma, Slade School of Fine Art, London, England
  • 1986 Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University

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BRIAN HOXHA

PAINTING & PRINTMAKING

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., Noveau 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.

EDUCATION
  • 1985 Printmaking, Fifth-Year Program, Ontario College of Art
  • 1984 Fine Arts, Ontario College of Art

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GILLIAN ILES

PAINTING

Gillian Iles, Toronto-based painter and sculptor, has been teaching painting and drawing at the Toronto School of Art since 2003. Previously, she taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the School of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan College.

Iles’s recent work combines paintings with sculptures, creating installations that incorporate both real and illusionary space. Her work is characterized by representational realism with selected abstraction. She draws her inspiration from the existence of social ideals, social orders and idealized lifestyles as they pertain to Western culture. Her work has been highlighted in Mix Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, Now Magazine and Eye Weekly, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She has also been featured in the book Carte Blanche, Volume 2: Painting.

EDUCATION
  • 1997 AOCAD (Hons.), Painting and Drawing Program, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
  • 1993 General Biological Science Degree, University of Guelph, Guelph

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BRIAN BURNETT

Painting & Digital Art

Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991. In addition, Burnett served as the school’s Director from 2000 to 2004 and has been a member of the Faculty Steering Committee since 1992.

Over approximately 35 years of exhibition, visceral, textured layerings of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in the many paintings executed by Burnett. 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. In his most recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings using Painter 12 software. The final works are limited-edition prints on canvas, mounted on birch panel, with an acrylic topcoat that creates a simulacrum of Burnett’s characteristic style and painting techniques. His work has been collected by the City of Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum and McLaren Art, as well as American Express, and is featured in many private collections.

EDUCATION

1974-76 New School of Art, Toronto, Ontario


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AMANDA McCAVOUR | GUEST INSTRUCTOR, DRAWING

 

AMANDA McCAVOUR | GUEST INSTRUCTOR, DRAWING

Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist creating large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread's assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.

McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and in May 2014 she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.  McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in Ottawa (ON), Virginia Beach (VA) and Vancouver (BC). She has completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, at Maison des Metiers D’art de Quebec in Quebec City and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. She has received numerous awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America.

EDUCATION

2014 MFA in Fibers and Material Studies, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (USA)
2007 BFA in Visual Arts Studio, York University, Toronto, ON

SHEA CHANG | GUEST INSTRUCTOR, DRAWING

 

SHEA CHANG | GUEST INSTRUCTOR, DRAWING

Shea Chang is a Toronto based artist, designer and educator. Born in Vancouver, she studied fine art at Langara College and completed her undergraduate studies in illustration at Ontario College of Art and Design University. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in numerous publications in North America and her illustrated children's book Tarentelle was a finalist in the 2011 Governor Generals Awards. She now maintains a dynamic creative practice through commissions and exhibiting personal work while teaching at TSA and OCAD University.

EDUCATION
2007 Bachelor of Design, OCADU Toronto ON - With Honours/ Medal Winner

2003 Diploma of Fine Art, Langara College Vancouver BC

ROBERTA McNAUGHTON | PAINTING

 

ROBERTA McNAUGHTON | PAINTING

Roberta McNaughton was born 1966 in Toronto, Ontario and has degrees from both the Ontario College of Art and Design and Guelph University. She is also presently an MFA candidate at OCADU.

Her work has been exhibited in both public and commercial galleries in Toronto, and commercial galleries in Los Angeles, and London, England. McNaughton's paintings are in the collection of several corporations such as TD Bank; they are also in the collection of the National Archives in Ottawa. She has received several Ontario Arts Council grants and currently shows with Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto.

EDUCATION

2014 MFA, Ontario College of Art & Design

1994 BFA, University of Guelph

1989 AOCAD, Ontario College of Art

PEARL VAN GEEST | PAINTING

 

PEARL VAN GEEST | PAINTING

Pearl Van Geest is a practicing artist and experienced art educator who has designed and taught courses, workshops and educational programming for art schools, public art galleries, businesses, special events and public schools and universities since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996. In both her artistic practice and pedagogical approach she is deeply committed to the creative process itself and the possibilities that develop for innovation and expression.

Van Geest’s paintings are part of the Canada Council’s Art Bank Collection. She was shortlisted for the RBC’s Canadian Painting Prize in 2003 and was included in the Magenta Foundation’s 2008 publication on Canadian painters, Carte Blanche: Vol. 2.  She has been awarded grants from Ontario and Canada Arts Councils and was recently was selected to be the City of Guelph’s inaugural Artist in the Community 2014.

 

EDUCATION

1981 Bachelor of Science, University of Guelph

1986 Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto

1996 Associate of Ontario College of Art (AOCAD), OCAD

2014 Master of Fine Arts, University of Windsor

KIMBERLEY LILLYWHITE | MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS ADMINISTRATOR

 

KIMBERLEY LILLYWHITE | MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS ADMINISTRATOR
Kimberley Lillywhite joined the Toronto School of Art team in 2014 as the Marketing and Promotions Administrator. She develops creative content and the social media plan, and manages donations and sponsorship for special events throughout the year. She also works closely with the Student and Events Coordinator for TSA's participation in events such as Nuit Blanche, BIG on Bloor, Redpath Festival, and more. 
 
Kimberley is a visual artist interested in exploring architectural abstraction in acrylic. She experiments with mediums and mixed media and attended the Golden Artist Residency in 2014. She also currently holds the role of Administrative Director at the Red Head Gallery.
EDUCATION

2012 Bachelor of Applied Arts, Illustration. Sheridan College. Oakville, ON

ANDY FABO | DRAWING & ART HISTORY

 

ANDY FABO | DRAWING & ART HISTORY

Andy Fabo is a Toronto artist, art critic, independent curator and art educator. Since his first solo show at A Space in Toronto in 1979, he has exhibited across Canada and internationally. In 2005 he was given a retrospective at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.  He is the author of several essays and reviews in Canadian periodicals (C Magazine, Descant, Parachute, Fuse) as well as many exhibition catalogues. He has taught in many Canadian universities, including McMaster, York, Brock and U of T.  His paintings and drawings are in museum collections across Canada and his videos (collaborations with Michael Balser) have screened globally and are in numerous North American and European collections.

EDUCATION

2013 Master of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design Program) OCAD University

1973-75 Alberta College Of Art And Design, Calgary

1971-72 Alliance Française, Paris

1970-71 University Of Calgary

ANGELA LEACH | Painting

 

ANGELA LEACH | Painting

Since 1992, Angela Leach has exhibited her work across Canada including solo shows at Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto; Owens Art Gallery, Sackville; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary and State Gallery in Vancouver. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Painting Center, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and Mount St. Vincent  Art Gallery, Halifax. Leach is an active educator in the visual arts. She currently lives and works in Scarborough, Ontario.

EDUCATION

1989 Associate of the Ontario College of Art.

MARTHA ELEEN | PAINTING & DRAWING

 

MARTHA ELEEN | PAINTING & DRAWING

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.

EDUCATION
  • 1984 Honours Degree, Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver
MEGAN WILLIAMS | FIGURE DRAWING

 

MEGAN WILLIAMS | FIGURE DRAWING

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.

EDUCATION
  • 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 AOCA, OCAD, Toronto
PAUL ROBERT TURNER | DRAWING & PAINTING

 

PAUL ROBERT TURNER | DRAWING & PAINTING

Paul Robert Turner has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 2009. Born (1975) and raised in Kingston Ontario Canada, Paul Robert Turner attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) from 1994 to 1998. Upon completion of the Drawing and Painting program, he then studied classical animation at Sheridan College and academic drawing at the Michael John Angel Academy of Art. Paul Robert Turner is a Canadian Figurative Oil Painter living and working in Toronto, Canada and is a co–founder of AWOL Collective, Gallery and Studios. Paul is a grant recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

In 2007 and 2009 he was selected as an exhibiting finalist for The Kingston Prize, Canada's only national portrait competition. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally can be found in private collections in Canada, England, France, Israel and the United States.

EDUCATION
  • 2000 Study of Classical Drawing and Painting, Michael John Angel Traditional Schools
  • 1998 AOCAD, Drawing and Painting, Ontario College of Art and Design
  • 1993 Creative Arts County Program, QECVI, Kingston, ON
ELIZABETH D‘AGOSTINO | MANAGING DIRECTOR

 

ELIZABETH D‘AGOSTINO | MANAGING DIRECTOR

Elizabeth D'Agostino is a Toronto-based Artist, Educator and Arts Administrator and has worked at TSA since 2004. As the Managing Director she coordinates the curriculum of all courses and programs as well as the daily operations of the school. Previously, Elizabeth was the Associate Dean at White Mountain Academy of the Arts she also directed the Printmaking Program. She has also taught at Ontario College of Art and Design University and the Ringling College of Art and Design.

D'Agostino's recent work combines printmaking with sculpture creating installations that examine human interaction within settings surrounded by environmental and physical change. Hybrid forms are created from human artifacts, anatomical references, insects, vegetable and animal life. Within these invented environment relationships in space and structure are re-purposed to create new narratives modified and influenced by their unique characteristics and surroundings.

Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally including Iziko: Museum of Cape Town, South Africa, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, and The Print Center, Philadelphia. In addition, D'Agostino's prints can also be found in many private and public collections including the University of Changchun Jilin, China; Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, and Ernst and Young, Canada. Elizabeth was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2014 National Open Studio Printmaking Awards, and was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to create a carpet design for the newly renovated Canada House in London, England.

EDUCATION
  • 1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.), University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1998 Masters of Fine Arts, Studio Art, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA
STACY LEWIS | OFFICE MANAGER

 

STACY LEWIS | OFFICE MANAGER

Stacy Lewis joined the Toronto School of Art office in 2013. She was previously an art administrator for four years at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she coordinated Family Programs and aspects of the museum's school outreach artist residency program, Learning Through Art. She has also been an art educator for the past decade in museum, classroom and studio settings, focusing on children ages 4-12, and currently also works as an educator at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Her art practice variously includes photography, painting and mixed media. In her work, she explores nostalgia, interconnectedness and happenstance through the everyday, overlooked and forgotten. She has exhibited in group shows in New York City and Toronto.

EDUCATION
  • 2001 Bachelor of Arts, Humanities, California State University, Chico, California, United States
  • 2004 Master's in Museology, Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam School of the Arts, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2010-Present Coursework at Toronto School of Art, Toronto, Ontario
RENEE CASTONGUAY | STUDENT AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

 

RENEE CASTONGUAY | STUDENT AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

Renée Castonguay is a visual and performance artist and joined Toronto School of Art in 2013. She works closely with the TSA community, and coordinates volunteers and student/ special events throughout the year.

Her interest in dance/ movement and identity lead her to develop a stage presence for a print-minded studio practice. She investigates the relationship between the felt body and constructed things with a unique vocabulary of material theatricality, repetitive gesture, and accumulative tasks and actions.

She has participated in various International print exchange portfolio projects, collaborative artist books, and has been an active member and workshop facilitator in print shop collectives, community art centres, and performance production collectives in the US and Canada. She co-curated her BFA Thesis Exhibition at the ICA, Portland, ME, and produced the 15th Annual HIV/AIDS Art Exhibition at the VAV Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal.

EDUCATION
  • 2012 MFA, Studio Arts - Concordia University - Montréal, QC, CA
  • 2008 BFA, Printmaking with Honors - Maine College of Art - Portland, ME, USA
  • 2006 Visiting Student, Printmaking and Painting - Glasgow School of Art - Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • 2004- 2006 Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Boston, MA, USA
TINA OEHMSEN-CLARK | SCULPTURE & DRAWING

 

TINA OEHMSEN-CLARK | SCULPTURE & DRAWING

Tina Oehmsen-Clark has been working as an artist and art educator since the early 80's and 90's 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.

EDUCATION
  • 1991 Art and Education, High School Teaching Diploma, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 1987 BA and MFA, Art Academy Hamburg, Germany
TINA POPLAWSKI | PAINTING

 

TINA POPLAWSKI | PAINTING

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.

EDUCATION
  • 1977 Fine Arts Diploma, Visual Art, New School of Art
  • 1975 BFA, Fine Arts, York University
TOBI ASMOUCHA | PHOTOGRAPHY & DIGITAL

 

TOBI ASMOUCHA | PHOTOGRAPHY & DIGITAL

Tobi Asmoucha, a commercial and editorial freelance photographer, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 1997. She also teaches at the Haliburton School of Art and Gallery 44.

Asmoucha’s images explore themes of community and the rituals that bind them, and have appeared in publications such as Canadian Geographic. Her documentary work has received a National Magazine Award and many nominations, as well as Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Jewish Arts Council grants. Currently, Asmoucha is a core member of PhotoSensitive, and her work is in collections at MOCCA and the Canadian War Museum.

EDUCATION
  • 1992 Bachelor of Applied Arts, Still Photography, Ryerson
TOM CAMPBELL | PAINTING

 

TOM CAMPBELL | PAINTING

Tom Campbell, a Toronto-based painter, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1989, with teaching stints at Sanford Fleming College, Sheridan College and the ROM. Since 2000, he has also travelled to the Aegean island of Ikaria every other spring to teach at the Ikarian Cultural Centre.

Campbell had his first major one-man show at Gallery Stratford in 1985, won the Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery prize for painting and joined the stable of artists at the Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto and Vancouver). More recently, other projects of interest have included painting the giant shipwreck mural for John Greyson’s feature film Zero Patience and painting a CD cover for alternative pop band Stars. On television, he was featured in “Artists in the Urban Environment” forSpectrum and Star Portraits, which aired on Bravo. His most recent exhibitions have been in Ottawa at the Galleria St Laurent + HilI and in C Word (Craft in the Fine Arts) curated by Richard Mongiat at The Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto.

EDUCATION
  • 2004 Sculpture, Crawford College of Art, Cork
  • 1995 Sculpture, University of Northumbria, Newcastle
  • 1994 Foundation, Leeds College of Art & Design
  • 1993 Pre-Foundation, Dumfries Technical College
  • 1990 Highers, St. Joseph’s College, Dumfries
THOMAS HENDRY | FIGURE DRAWING

 

THOMAS HENDRY | FIGURE DRAWING

Thomas Hendry, a Toronto-based artist, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. Hendry as been active as an art instructor for over a decade, and he believes that learning art should be positive discovery process. He practises this teaching philosophy beyond the Toronto School of Art at Sheridan College, The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, OCAD Outreach Program and the Toronto District School Board.

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.

EDUCATION
  • 1996 BA (Honours), University of Guelph
  • 1994 Diploma (Honours), Ontario College of Art
  • 1983 Arts’ Sake Inc.
MARIE LEHMAN | FIGURE STUDIES

 

MARIE LEHMAN | FIGURE STUDIES

Marie Lehman, a medical illustrator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 1990.

Her work has been published in textbooks and international medical journals such as the Annals of Thoracic surgery, Canadian Journal of Surgery, British Journal of Plastic Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Canadian Critical Care Nursing Journal."

EDUCATION
  • 1982 Bachelor of Science, Art as Applied to Medicine, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
  • 1978 Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Toronto
  • 1979 Fine Art and Communication Graphics, 12 credits, Ontario College of Art
JOE HAMBLETON | DIGITAL & VIDEO ART

 

JOE HAMBLETON | DIGITAL & VIDEO ART

Joe Hambleton, a Canadian-born artist and educator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2010. Previously, he taught at York University, Ontario College for Art and Design and Sheridan College.

As a storyteller, Hambleton uses art and the medium of video to create narratives that explore his personal experience and surroundings. By continually altering his process through research and experimentation, Hambleton furthers his understanding of the narrative devices and processes found in other media such as film, video games, music and literature. As Hambleton applies these narrative devices and processes to video, he progressively creates narrative structures that reflect his personality and influences. His work has been shown across North America, Europe and Asia and is represented by the Pari Nadimi Gallery.

EDUCATION
  • 2008 MFA in Visual Arts, York University, Toronto
JOHN BINGHAM | DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

 

JOHN BINGHAM | DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

John Bingham, a photographer and graphic artist, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. Bingham established his career in traditional photography, but was quick to realize the potential of the newly evolving digital medium. As a result, his unique photographic style and understanding of Photoshop technique has made him a highly sought out industry professional and private tutor. Looking to share his knowledge with other artists, Bingham has found great satisfaction in helping new students of digital photography and 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 and he has photographed on assignment in the Canadian Arctic, South America and China. John’s client list includes a number of the country’s largest corporations, professional theater companies and television producers. His photographs have been published in Canadian books and magazines, documentary films and are included in several private collections. Most recently he has developed a unique collection of digital based abstract prints that are being marketed successfully with an internet photo agency. For the last two years he has shown at the Contact Photography Festival and at the 2013 Toronto Urban Photography Festival.

EDUCATION
  • 2000 Digital Diploma, International School of Art, Toronto
  • 1967 Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University, Ottawa
JOE FLEMING | PAINTING

 

JOE FLEMING | PAINTING

Joe Fleming has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2002. In addition, Fleming has previously been an instructor at OCAD and Sheridan College.

Fleming has been exhibiting internationally for over 15 years, with representation in Vancouver, Calgary, Singapore, Bali and Malaysia. His work has been included in many international art fairs: Rogue Wave Singapore, courtesy of Gallery Taksu, as well as FIAC in Paris, Arte Cologne in Germany, Scope in New York and TIAF in Toronto, all courtesy of Artcore. Fleming’s work is also included in many corporate and public collections: Trimark Mutual Funds, Honeywell Bull, American Barrick, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (Malaysia), HSBC Bank, Choo Mei Lin Cathay Organization Singapore, Australian High Commission, Canadian High Commission (Kuala Lumpur), the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Museum of Civilization (Hull, Québec) and the Holocaust Museum (LA). In 2009, Fleming’s work was included in Carte Blanche 2: Painting.

EDUCATION
  • 1970–79 Ottawa School of Art
  • 1983–86 Sheridan College of Applied Arts
JACQUELINE TRELOAR | MIXED MEDIA

 

JACQUELINE TRELOAR | MIXED MEDIA

Jacqueline Treloar, an English-born artist and educator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2006. Before moving to Canada, she spent twelve years running a textile design studio in Northern Italy.

Treloar’s work has won her several accolades over the years, including the Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence, and her work has been featured in numerous periodicals, journals and books, such as Fibrearts, Surfacing, Ontario Craft, Azure andToronto Life. Since coming to Canada in 1984, Treloar has presented her work in exhibitions at the Ontario Crafts Council, the John B. Aird Gallery, the Homer Watson Gallery, the Museum for Textiles, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Library and Gallery in Cambridge, among other institutions.

EDUCATION
  •     1969 National Diploma in Art and Design, Central School of Art and Design, London, England
  •     1969 B.F.A., Council for National Academic Awards, London, England
FLORIAN JACOT | SCULPTURE

 

FLORIAN JACOT | SCULPTURE

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.

EDUCATION
  • 2008 Digital Animation Diploma, Centennial College, Toronto
  • 2001 Classical Animation Diploma , Classical Figurative Drawing and Painting, ARC Accredited Atelier, Max the Mutt Animation Inc, Toronto
  • 1999 Academy of Realist Art (Michael John Angel Studio), Toronto
  • 1999 Art Diploma, Interdisciplinary Art Program, Art Centre of Central Technical School, Toronto
  • 1995 Post-Secondary Diploma, Preparatory Program for Medical Careers, École de préparation aux formations paramédicales, Switzerland
DONNELY SMALLWOOD | COLLAGE & ASSEMBLAGE

 

DONNELY SMALLWOOD | COLLAGE & ASSEMBLAGE

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.

EDUCATION
  • 1985 BFA Honours, University of Manitoba School of Art
CELIA NEUBAUER | PAINTING & DRAWING

 

CELIA NEUBAUER | PAINTING & DRAWING

Celia Neubauer, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting at the Toronto School of Art since 2001. Previously, she taught at Queen’s University, Kingston, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Her own works are influenced stylistically and conceptually by her interest in historical tradition. Her landscapes reflect a modernity that bridges both figurative realism and formal abstraction. Her works are included in the collections of BMO Financial Group, Canada Life, Four Seasons, Dubai, Donovan Collection, Hewlett-Packard Canada Ltd., Live Entertainment of Canada Inc., Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board, Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington, Toronto, and other private collections. Neubauer’s paintings have also been featured in various publications, such as Abstract Painting in Canada, House and Home and Carte Blanche 2: Painting.

EDUCATION
  • 1990 Higher Diploma, Slade School of Fine Art, London, England
  • 1986 Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University
BRIAN HOXHA | PAINTING & PRINTMAKING

 

BRIAN HOXHA | PAINTING & PRINTMAKING

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., Noveau 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.

EDUCATION
  • 1985 Printmaking, Fifth-Year Program, Ontario College of Art
  • 1984 Fine Arts, Ontario College of Art
GILLIAN ILES | PAINTING

 

GILLIAN ILES | PAINTING

Gillian Iles, Toronto-based painter and sculptor, has been teaching painting and drawing at the Toronto School of Art since 2003. Previously, she taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the School of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan College.

Iles’s recent work combines paintings with sculptures, creating installations that incorporate both real and illusionary space. Her work is characterized by representational realism with selected abstraction. She draws her inspiration from the existence of social ideals, social orders and idealized lifestyles as they pertain to Western culture. Her work has been highlighted in Mix Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, Now Magazine and Eye Weekly, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She has also been featured in the book Carte Blanche, Volume 2: Painting.

EDUCATION
  • 1997 AOCAD (Hons.), Painting and Drawing Program, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
  • 1993 General Biological Science Degree, University of Guelph, Guelph
BRIAN BURNETT | Painting & Digital Art

 

BRIAN BURNETT | Painting & Digital Art

Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991. In addition, Burnett served as the school’s Director from 2000 to 2004 and has been a member of the Faculty Steering Committee since 1992.

Over approximately 35 years of exhibition, visceral, textured layerings of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in the many paintings executed by Burnett. 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. In his most recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings using Painter 12 software. The final works are limited-edition prints on canvas, mounted on birch panel, with an acrylic topcoat that creates a simulacrum of Burnett’s characteristic style and painting techniques. His work has been collected by the City of Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum and McLaren Art, as well as American Express, and is featured in many private collections.

EDUCATION

1974-76 New School of Art, Toronto, Ontario

About Us

The Toronto School of Art fosters the inherent capabilities of its students through an education model that revolves around artists teaching artists to help them make their mark. 

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What we’re about

Over the past 40 years, the 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.

Inclusion Policy

The Values Committee is committed to developing principles ensuring diversity and equity practices at the Toronto School of Art. A mandate of the committee 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 and, in some cases, youth, and people marginalized by poverty.

Our new school is located on the second floor of an old Toronto School Board public school. The decision to locate there was made to ensure the continuation of our school before our community dispersed, while there was still momentum to resolve the crisis of our recent closure. TSA regrets that physical access has been compromised for some students; this goes against our values of inclusion. The Values Committee is working to resolve this issue and planning access for all in the future.

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