Courses

Register now: 6-week Winter courses beginning throughout February, Spring courses and workshops, and Summer camps for Youth.

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. The workshops&n…

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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. The workshops listed here were offered in 2015. New 3-day workshops will be posted in early 2016. 

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Wire Sculpture

In this course students will learn to create sculptures from a variety of wire using pliers and wire cutters. An introduction to wire sculpture will be provided showing examples of small and large size sculptures. Students will learn how to safely handle material and tools in order to cut, attach and shape their ideas into a finished wire sculpture.

247 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
May 11 to May 13
WED-FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm 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.

245 with Roberta McNaughton
Apr 25 to Apr 27
MON-WED 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Drawing with Ink

Investigate a centuries-old and graphically exciting medium.  This workshop will focus on the use of India ink for drawing.  India ink permits a huge range of possible textures and appearances, from ultra-crisp and graphically bold black and white images through to ultra-soft layers and veils of washes. Over the course of the workshop students will test out a variety of approaches to working with ink, both full-strength and using diluted washes. Techniques we will explore include: line drawing with different tools, methods of shading- hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, dry-brush drawing, using found materials, ink wash studies. As well as drawing demonstrations, students will have plenty of hands-on time to explore different techniques through still-life and reference imagery of their choosing, and the last afternoon will include working with a model.

242 with Thomas Hendry
May 18 to May 20
WED - FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Cut/Tear/Fold

In this 3-day workshop we will explore the potential to transform paper into sculptural forms, through cutting, folding and tearing processes. Students will look at the origins of these paper arts, from Chinese paper cutting and paper folding in Japan, to Victorian Silhouette work. Students will draw inspiration from by innovative contemporary artists working in this form, such as Ed Pien and Kara Walker. In addition, the class will explore the potential of tearing into the papers, such as in the work of artist Tara Donovan and others.  Pattern, repetition and variation in our paper will be investigated. These paper art works can be further transformed through drawing, painting and dye processes. The class will study these elements in organic forms such as foliage, microscopic life, insect structures and in geology. An alternative approach would be to investigate the potential for narrative, text and story telling using paper cutting and silhouette techniques. After preliminary experimentation, students will then create a cut, folded and/or torn paper installation, inspired by organic forms or as narrative and text.

243 with Donnely Smallwood
May 25 to May 27
WED - FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Acrylic Explorations: Pastel Effects

Pastels pose a number of critical challenges.  Pastel particles are difficult to set into place.  They can be easily smudged if they are not ‘fixed’.  Most of the Fixatives on the market are extremely toxic. They will also will darken and dull the colour.  As well, inhaling pastel dust can also pose a serious health risk.  Heavy Body Acrylics can be an effective alternative.  Using a technique called “Dry Brush” they can mimic the velvety look of traditional pastels without the downsides.  Alternative surfacing products such as GOLDEN Acrylic Ground for Pastels, GOLDEN Fine Pumice Gel, GOLDEN Micaceous Iron Oxide will create a toothy and textured ground.

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

246 with Tina Poplawski
Jun 27 to Jun 29
MON-WED 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Powdered Graphite and Acrylic Glazes

Following a technique utilized by the instructor, Brian Burnett, students will learn, via demonstrations, how to paint with powdered graphite mixed with acrylic mediums and then glazed with transparent acrylic layers of colour. Students will be drawing from personal foundation sketches onto canvases, prepared with Golden's Absorbent Ground. Students will then paint in a monochromatic grey scale (Grisaille), using the powdered graphite mixture to produce soft radiant images.  In the second stage of this technique students, will learn to apply transparent glazes, accenting and enhancing the first layers of powdered graphite.  The effect has the immediacy and delicacy of Japanese brush painting with the longevity and practicality of Acrylic painting.

Note: It is recommended that students have previous drawing and painting skills for this workshop. This is not appropriate for the absolute beginner.

Fellowship Program

This program provides guidance and mentorship from a faculty of practicing artists, and the essential time, space, community, and critical feedback to develop and present…

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Fellowship Program

This program provides guidance and mentorship from a faculty of practicing artists, and the essential time, space, community, and critical feedback to develop and present one's body of work.

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Fellowship Program

The TSA Fellowship Program is designed for students of all ages and levels of experience who demonstrate a promise in the visual arts, offering a professional, supportive network for individuals looking to pursue a career as a practicing artist.

TSA Fellowships are offered in: DrawingPainting, Sculpture, and Interdisciplinary, but are not necessarily dedicated to one specific discipline.

Fellows dedicate themselves to their practice in a particular area of study with the support of a TSA Faculty Mentor while continuing to expand style, technique, process, method, and concept.  For each discipline there is a recommended stream of courses to select from.

 

The TSA Fellowship Program consists of 3 tiers, each have 8 courses for completion within 3 years:

Tier 1 - Introduction (8 courses)

Tier 2 - Intermediate (8 courses, 5 majors, 3 minors)

Tier 3 - Advanced (8 courses, 7 majors, 1 minor)

Special Status | TSA Graduates - (6 courses)

All 8, 10, 12-week, and one-week intensive courses are eligible and equal 1 course.  TSA 6-week courses and 3-day intensives are also eligible, however, two of these short-format courses equal 1 course.

 

DELIVERABLES

  • Access to TSA courses, curriculum guidance, and mentoring over a 2-3 year period;
  • Written critical feedback from each course instructor;
  • Consultations, individual critiques, and mentoring sessions from TSA Faculty Mentor;
  • Group critiques with faculty, students, and fellows;
  • The opportunity to work collectively with other students, artists, and faculty;
  • Exhibition opportunities during Open House and special events.

 

For additional information, view the TSA Fellowship Packet

Note: To apply, contact the office to schedule a portfolio review.

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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Drawing with Ink

Investigate a centuries-old and graphically exciting medium.  This workshop will focus on the use of India ink for drawing.  India ink permits a huge range of possible textures and appearances, from ultra-crisp and graphically bold black and white images through to ultra-soft layers and veils of washes. Over the course of the workshop students will test out a variety of approaches to working with ink, both full-strength and using diluted washes. Techniques we will explore include: line drawing with different tools, methods of shading- hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, dry-brush drawing, using found materials, ink wash studies. As well as drawing demonstrations, students will have plenty of hands-on time to explore different techniques through still-life and reference imagery of their choosing, and the last afternoon will include working with a model.

242 with Thomas Hendry
May 18 to May 20
WED - FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Structural Drawing

Examine the “building blocks” of the complex world around you. Intended for novice but committed or intermediate level students, this ten-week course is more analytical than expressive in its approach. The focus is on rendering a convincing depiction of three-dimensional forms and spaces on a flat surface. Lectures, demonstrations, and drawing exercises will investigate basic principles of perspective (e.g., constructing cylinders and boxes, and relating forms to a common vanishing point or points). Drawings will involve invented perspective constructions as well as observational drawing. Subject matter will be simple at the start and move on to more complex challenges, from still life through to the human body, with an eye to helping students convey structure and volume. Drawings will be predominately linear. Relevant art history will also be introduced.

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

223 with Thomas Hendry
Apr 29 to Jun 17
FRI 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
Apr 28 to Jun 16
THU 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Botanical Drawing at Allan Gardens

This eight week course allows both the novice and non-beginner to practice drawing  skills related to botanical subjects. Taken in advance or as a compliment to watercolour painting, this course provides opportunities for intimate and sustained examination of flowering plants as well as landscape subjects.  Formal concerns related to composition and media application will be addressed.  Students will be introduced to a spectrum of drawing techniques using graphite, conte, charcoal powder, drawing ink and ink markers.  Traditional and contemporary techniques specific to this genre will be examined, providing students ample freedom to interpret their subject as they see fit.  Due to unpredictable spring weather, visits to Allan Gardens Conservatory to record botanical subjects from life will be restricted to the first four weeks.  For the remainder of the course, students will work in the studio, developing larger works from the inventory of drawings produced at the Conservatory. 

Note: This is an 8-week course. No class on May 23 for Victoria Day.

554 with Celia Neubauer
Apr 18 to Jun 13
MON 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Experimental Drawing

This drawing workshop addresses non-traditional techniques and creative exploration in mark making using various drawing materials.  Through intensive and sustained investigation, students will explore varying methods for drawing and determine how accidental mishap can lead to unexpected possibility.  In addition, participants will be encouraged to explore new and unorthodox techniques while making use of opportunities for inventive discovery.

Note: This is a 6-week course.

561 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Feb 25 to Mar 31
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm 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.

102 with Megan Williams
Feb 25 to Mar 31
THU 10:00pm - 1:00pm REGISTER

Explorations in Figure Studies

This course is intended for students wishing to develop their figure drawing beyond simple representation. Using a variety of media, students will learn to take chances and create lively and thought-provoking works. Consideration will also be given to different ways of reacting to and representing the figure – as a piece of design, a metaphoric symbol and within a conceptual framework. Examples of relevant artists` work will be shown.

This course is designed to get students with a basic familiarity with depicting the human form to stretch themselves, both technically and conceptually.

Explorations will be divided into two principal parts. The first part of the course will concentrate on the foundations of figure drawing: proportion, shape, gesture, line, value - but in ways intended to open possibilities rather than to arrive at a fixed method. Using models as a starting point, the second part of the course will allow for a variety of investigations of context, content, compositional design and materials within figurative compositions.                      

For less experienced students, the course provides an opportunity to gain confidence through taking creative chances in a supportive environment. For students with more developed drawing skills, it offers an opportunity to explore new possibilities in terms of conceptual approaches and alternative material use.

The course is not concerned so much with accurate depiction of the figure or proportions. Instead, emphasis is placed on taking chances, seeing the possibilities in the human form and having fun.

The class will work from nude or costumed models.  The poses will range in length from gestures to 3 hours.

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

217 with Gillian Iles
Apr 26 to Jun 28
TUE 10:00AM - 1:00pm REGISTER

Introduction to Life Drawing: Short 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 Mon. May 23 for Victoria Day.

102 with Megan Williams
Apr 11 to Jun 20
MON 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Introduction to Life Drawing: Sustained Poses

This course will cover the essentials of interpreting the figure in a sustained manner.  A loose gesture, proportion, and sensitive line quality set the stage for creating dramatic 3-dimensional form. Subtle values of tone and colour will establish mood, atmosphere, and character. Poses will be up to 2 classes (6 hours) long. One key skill set is taught each week. This course is ideal for those with basic figure drawing skills and offers a strategic approach to interpretation. 

Note: It is recommended students have taken a recent course in Life Drawing, or have approx. 24 weeks of current life drawing experience. This course is 6 weeks long in the Fall 2015 term and 8 weeks long in the Winter 2016 term.

202 with Megan Williams
Feb 01 to Mar 28
MON 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Life Drawing 2: The Body, Clothing and Costume

This 10-week course will focus on drapery and clothing on the human form. Beginning with a review of key principles of figure drawing (gesture, mass) with nude models, the course will look at the how fabric behaves on the human form. Key types of folds will be reviewed, and models in a range of different types of clothing and costume will provide ample opportunity to gain more experience and insight into drawing the clothed form. Pose lengths will progress from shorter studies to longer ones, and from simple garments to more complex situations as the term continues.

Note: While the majority of the course will be drawing people dressed, there will be some use of nude models as well. It recommended that students have taken Drawing 1 and/or Life Drawing 1 or prior life drawing experience.

929 with Thomas Hendry
Apr 16 to Jun 18
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm 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.

232 with TBA
May 02 to Jun 13
MON 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER
802 with Paul Turner
Apr 13 to Jun 15
WED 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER
508 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Apr 14 to Jun 16
THU 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER
901 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Apr 16 to Jun 18
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.

803 with Thomas Hendry
Apr 12 to Jun 14
TUE 6:00pm - 9:00pm 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 Megan Williams
Apr 11 to Jun 20
MON 6:00pm - 9:00pm 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 Amy Swartz
Apr 21 to Jun 23
THU 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Beyond Basic Life Drawing

The principal objective of this course is to assist students in deepening their engagement with figurative representation. To this end, in-class time will be structured around increasingly long poses. Students will be encouraged to work as large as possible, and emphasis will be placed on overall composition. Emphasis will also be placed on the content and context of figurative artwork. It is hoped that by the end of this course, students will have honed their observational, compositional, and mark-making skills, and will have gained experience to move from study of the model to fully realized compositions of personal significance.

Note: It is recommended that students have taken the Introduction to Life Drawing course, or 24 weeks of recent life drawing instruction.

832 with Thomas Hendry
Apr 14 to Jun 16
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER
Sculpture

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

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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, carve in stone and wood, build 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, carving, found-object assemblage and installation.

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Wire Sculpture

In this course students will learn to create sculptures from a variety of wire using pliers and wire cutters. An introduction to wire sculpture will be provided showing examples of small and large size sculptures. Students will learn how to safely handle material and tools in order to cut, attach and shape their ideas into a finished wire sculpture.

247 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
May 11 to May 13
WED-FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

3D Anatomy/Figure Sculpture

The course is an in-depth study of artistic anatomy through clay sculpting. This term students will be sculpting a female écorché (anatomical figure). We will be working from the life model, skeleton, anatomical models and charts. Old master drawings and sculptures will also be introduced. Students will learn how to see beyond the skin surface and start by sculpting the bone structure of the human body before getting into the muscles and fatty tissues. Each muscle group will be studied from a 3D perspective and modeled onto the skeleton looking closely at their grouping, point of origin & insertion and action. Students will end up with a 3D anatomical figure that they will be able to keep use as valuable reference. They will have gain a stronger knowledge and understanding of anatomy applicable to not only to figure sculpture but also to figure drawing and painting.

Note: A nude model will be used. Previous experience sculpting with clay is recommended but not a must.

837 with Florian Jacot
Apr 13 to Jun 15
WED 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER

Animal and Imaginary Sculpture

Students will learn how to go from a concept design or conceptual vision to the creation of a finished sculpture. The subject matter will range from animal sculpture to imaginary figurative sculpture. Various sculpting styles will be considered going from realistic to loose & sketchy, animated and abstract. The course will explore working with various types of clays and encourage the use of other sculpting mediums such as wax, plaster and found objects. We will go over the practical aspect of creating environmental settings, clothing, props and multiple figure compositions. A particular attention will be given to sculpting surface details such as, skin, fur, hair, scales and wrinkles. This course will also cover the creation of Character maquettes and Stop motion characters.

Note: This course accommodates both beginner and advanced students. Figure Sculpture experience is recommended but not essential.

846 with Florian Jacot
Apr 12 to Jun 14
TUE 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER

Figure Sculpture—Portrait & Facial Expressions

This Figure Sculpture course will be focusing on Portrait and Facial Expressions working from the life model and using a step by step classical approach. This course is for those who wish to gain a stronger understanding of the human head proportions, structure, expressions and animation. Looking closely at the anatomy of the head we will learn to simplify its complex forms into basic and then more refined planes. Student will learn how to capture the likeness of a person and create convincing facial expressions. While all are welcome to work on a full head, beginners will have the possibility to focus initially on parts of the face by sculpting facial features individually, such as nose, mouth, ear and eye and then move on to sculpting a full face. Multiple face studies is a great option for those who wish to focus on facial expressions. We will be looking particularly at five basic facial expressions from wish many others can be recreated: Neutral, Happy, Sad, Angry and Surprised. Students with previous sculpting experience could also choose to do a portrait of a family member working from photographs and other 3D reference models provided by the instructor.  

Note: Suitable for all levels of experience.

906 with Florian Jacot
Apr 16 to Jun 18
SAT 9:15AM - 12:15PM REGISTER
Painting

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

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Courses range from introductory and life painting to more contemporary and abstract techniques in oil, acrylic, encaustic, watercolour and water-based media. Students will be challenged to articulate themselves using different styles and subjects within the discipline, as courses are geared towards absolute beginner through advanced skill levels.

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Acrylic Explorations: Pastel Effects

Pastels pose a number of critical challenges.  Pastel particles are difficult to set into place.  They can be easily smudged if they are not ‘fixed’.  Most of the Fixatives on the market are extremely toxic. They will also will darken and dull the colour.  As well, inhaling pastel dust can also pose a serious health risk.  Heavy Body Acrylics can be an effective alternative.  Using a technique called “Dry Brush” they can mimic the velvety look of traditional pastels without the downsides.  Alternative surfacing products such as GOLDEN Acrylic Ground for Pastels, GOLDEN Fine Pumice Gel, GOLDEN Micaceous Iron Oxide will create a toothy and textured ground.

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

246 with Tina Poplawski
Jun 27 to Jun 29
MON-WED 10:00am - 5:00pm 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
Apr 25 to Apr 27
MON-WED 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Expressive Paint Handling

Expressive paint-handling is one of the most important qualities of a good work of art. Neglecting the improvement of your brush skills will always hold back your painting progress.  The term "expressive or gestural", is used to describe a method of fine art painting characterized by energetic, brushstrokes deliberately emphasizing the sweep of the painter's arm or movement of the hand. In other words, the brushwork expresses the artist's emotions, personality and confidence.  This course will focus on developing brush-handling skills through a series of simple exercises.  We will move on to using these techniques to interpret various subject matter.

557 with Brian Burnett
Apr 20 to Jun 22
WED 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Colour Mixing

Based in colour theory and the primary colour palette, the content of this course thoroughly investigates colour mixing with an emphasis on tertiary colours and colour relationships. Additional work on colour reactions can be provided. Through structured exercises and practice, students will learn to see the elements that compose any observed colour and will develop their ability to make intuitive choices regarding values and colour temperature.

Note: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour-language skills. This is a 6-week course.

126 with Angela Leach
Jan 29 to Mar 18
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Painting the Clothed Figure

Students will explore observational figure painting through 2 poses of a clothed model lasting 8 weeks. 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 other than their choosing. 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.

Note: Students should have previous life drawing and painting experience. This is an 8-week course.

249 with Paul Turner
Feb 10 to Mar 30
WED 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
Feb 23 to Mar 29
TUE 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
Feb 23 to Mar 29
TUE 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Fundamental Oils

This course provides both beginner and advanced students with practical and technical knowledge of the uses of oil paint. Designed to complement Painting 1, this course will familiarize students with oil paints, a range of mediums, and their specific functions. Demonstrations relating to technique will be ongoing, detailing both traditional and contemporary styles of applications 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 their formative training. Issues of health and safety relating to the use of handling oil paints and mediums will also be discussed.

Note: Please be punctual. A talk and demonstration begins 10 mins. after the start of class. Introduction to Drawing or equivalent experience is recommended.

847 with Celia Neubauer
Apr 28 to Jun 18
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm 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
Feb 25 to Mar 31
THU 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Life Painting

Students will explore observational Figure Painting through 2 poses lasting 5 weeks each. Proportion, shape, value, light and colour theory both in reference to the portrait and the body will be discussed. Using Oil or acrylic paint, various method of application using indirect painting process we will be investigated. Be it more traditional or a more contemporary approach, students will be encouraged to explore various aesthetic styles other their choosing. This painting course promotes the ability to capture drama wherever it is expressed in the body. An emphasis will be placed on creating volume and depth through use of colour and exploring the expressive potential of shape and brush treatment and it's relationship to colour and light.

Note: A nude model will be used. This course is intended for students who have some experience in either drawing or painting. It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting s

817 with Paul Turner
Apr 14 to Jun 16
THU 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER

Acrylic Basics

This course will familiarize both the beginner and intermediate-level student with the technical understanding required to manipulate acrylic paint. Special emphasis will be placed on contemporary glazing techniques adapted from approaches used historically during the Renaissance period. It will also provide an introduction to Golden Paints New Product Line called “OPEN ACRYLICS”. The properties of this versatile, contemporary medium distinguish it from traditional oil painting in significant ways. We will explore some of these properties through hands-on experiments; blending and mixing paint, creating transparency vs. opacity, and adding mediums to paint mixtures to create surfaces reminiscent of varnished oils.

840 with Tina Poplawski
Apr 12 to Jun 14
TUE 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER

Fluid Acrylic Abstraction on Paper

Abstract art, seemingly unrelated to the world of appearance, has been a cause of much consternation among the general public. This course will help deepen the student’s understanding of the various forms and degrees of abstraction and will include a short overview of 20th-century developments. We will begin our exploration using a method known as Analog Drawing/Painting to create non-representational imagery. The focus will concentrate on using Fluid Acrylic on paper.  There will be individual feedback from the instructor, as well as group interactions and discussions.

Note: This course is suitable for students who have taken Fundamental Acrylics, or have some experience with Acrylic Paint.

221 with Tina Poplawski
Apr 13 to Jun 15
WED 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Acrylic Explorations: Watercolour Effects

Watercolours can be an unforgiving medium.  A “mistake” can be difficult to hide, colours can easily become “muddy” with overwork and layered or glazed effects can be a challenge because watercolours are resoluble.  Fluid Acrylics can be a very effective alternative. They can mimic watercolour using all the varied techniques common to the watercolour medium.  Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis invented a particular type of Color Field painting called Stain Painting in which the liquid paint seeps into the fibers of an unprimed canvas.  In addition to paper, suitable surfaces include both raw and primed canvas as well as wood panel. This course will focus on the use of GOLDEN’S Fluid Acrylics to achieve these stained, poured and flowing effects, as well as incorporating GOLDEN’S Light Molding Paste  & Absorbent Ground.

Note: This course is suitable for anyone who has had some experience with Acrylic Painting and Drawing or has taken Fundamental Acrylics 1 and/or 2.

526 with Tina Poplawski
Apr 13 to Jun 15
WED 2:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTER

Figure and Portrait Painting: Painting the Head and Gestural Impressions

This course focuses on capturing the structure and expressive qualities of character in the head, in acrylic or oil paint. Emphasis is on structured teaching of anatomy, loose painting and brush handling techniques, colour palettes and composition. Poses are up to 2 classes (3 to 6 hours) long. 

 

Note: A nude model will be used. This course is ideal for those with recent life drawing AND basic painting experience who wish to start figure painting.

207 with Megan Williams
Apr 14 to Jun 16
THU 2:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Fluid Acrylic on Yupo & Terraskin Paper

This course will introduce the use of Fluid Acrylic Paint on Yupo and Terraskin Paper. Yupo Paper is a polypropylene material offering all the attributes of the highest quality papers with the added benefits of extraordinary durability. While TerraSkin is a combination of mineral powder (>75%) and a small quantity (<25%) of non-toxic resin combined to create an environmentally friendly paper. They are both ideally suited for a variety of applications, excelling in Water Media usage.  We will concentrate on various courses of action for applying Golden’s Fluid Acrylics to this alternative surface.  This workshop will also focus on imagery borrowed from various traditions employing the geometric image called a Mandala.  The word Mandala means "circle" in Sanskrit. 

Note: This introductory level course is suitable for all levels of painters.

129 with Tina Poplawski
Apr 12 to Jun 14
TUES 2:00 - 5:00PM REGISTER

Painting the Clothed Figure

Students will explore observational figure painting through 2 five-week poses 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. Intermediate to advanced.

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

213 with Paul Turner
Apr 13 to Jun 15
WED 2:00pm - 5:00pm 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. Media: Acrylic or oil paint. *Linseed oil and Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS) will be used in this class.

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

909 with Roberta McNoughton
Apr 16 to Jun 18
SAT 12:45PM - 3:45PM REGISTER

Figure Concepts

This course is designed specifically for experienced or upper level students who wish to focus on conceptual development of their figurative work. Students will become aware of the idea of “the subject” when working with the figure. Historical and contemporary themes on the use of the figure will be studied. Students will investigate and understand why they use the figure and how they are most interested in using it as a means of expression and communication. This course is not exclusively for painters: students working in all media are welcome. Although this course is conceptually driven, consideration will also be given to process, media handling and aspects of formalism of students’ work in order to best achieve the desired outcome. Emphasis will be placed on getting students to use in-class set-ups as a launching point for creating images that are uniquely their own. Development of students’ individual approach of the figure will be paramount, as well as, furthering the students’ ability to use source imagery and set-ups for their own image development. The class will be working with nude or costumed models. There will be 2 poses/set-ups in total; each 5 classes in length, to allow for the full development of an idea and a fully resolved image or group of images. The first pose is a single figure and the second pose is a multi-figure set-up

Note: Students are expected to have a solid foundation of figure painting skills. It is recommended that students have taken coursework in basic painting, life drawing and/or life painting, and image development, or equivalent.

313 with Gillian Iles
Apr 26 to Jun 28
TUE 2:00pm - 5:00pm 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.

804 with Pearl Van Geest
Apr 13 to Jun 15
WED 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER
104 with Roberta McNaughton
Apr 15 to Jun 17
FRI 2:00pm - 5:00pm 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
Apr 12 to Jun 14
TUE 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER

Abstraction in Oils

To abstract is to generalize. This course is an appropriate follow-up to Fundamental Oils and Basic Painting. It introduces students to a broad spectrum of abstract formats and provides an informative backdrop for stylistic approaches being practiced by working artists today. A broad survey will commence highlighting key artists whose individual techniques reinforce the conceptual processes involved in abstract oil painting. Studio projects will proceed in an ordered sequence to maximize technical development while introducing students to formal concerns associated with image development and colour synthesis. Upon completion, each student should possess an introductory knowledge of abstract painting that will better prepare him or her for further study in painting. 

Note: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Fundamental Oils, Introduction to Painting, or have had some oil painting experience. Appropriate follow-up courses include 315 Intermediate Painting. This is an 8-week course.

150 with Celia Neubauer
Feb 09 to Mar 29
TUE 10:00am - 1:00pm 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
Apr 15 to Jun 17
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Studio Painting 2 & 3 (plus)

Studio Painting 2 & 3 (Plus) will introduce large-scale painting approaches to works greater than 20" X 24".  Approaches to painting in both Oils and Acrylics will be reviewed and demonstrated by the instructor. Emphasis will be on developing multi-layered paintings that will include: foundation stains, textured layering, impasto mark making, combining acrylics and oils in one painting, and lastly, glazes.  

Areas that will be covered within the course are:

  • Substrates and the advantages of wood verses canvas.
  • Images and or Abstraction.
  • Building source images via drawings, sketch paintings, photographs and digital manipulations
  • Projecting for scaling from small to large
  • Titles and their ability to obscure or enhance a finished work

Note: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting, Beyond Basic Painting class or equivalent.

512 with Brian Burnett
Apr 20 to Jun 22
WED 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, etching and drypoint techniques.

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Cut/Tear/Fold

In this 3-day workshop we will explore the potential to transform paper into sculptural forms, through cutting, folding and tearing processes. Students will look at the origins of these paper arts, from Chinese paper cutting and paper folding in Japan, to Victorian Silhouette work. Students will draw inspiration from by innovative contemporary artists working in this form, such as Ed Pien and Kara Walker. In addition, the class will explore the potential of tearing into the papers, such as in the work of artist Tara Donovan and others.  Pattern, repetition and variation in our paper will be investigated. These paper art works can be further transformed through drawing, painting and dye processes. The class will study these elements in organic forms such as foliage, microscopic life, insect structures and in geology. An alternative approach would be to investigate the potential for narrative, text and story telling using paper cutting and silhouette techniques. After preliminary experimentation, students will then create a cut, folded and/or torn paper installation, inspired by organic forms or as narrative and text.

243 with Donnely Smallwood
May 25 to May 27
WED - FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Explorations of Sound in Visual Art Through Drawing and Mixed Media

In this 6-week course we will explore the impact of sound in our visual language through drawing with various media including watercolour, ink, charcoal and paint as well as working with various materials in collage. Students will learn about abstract composition by investigating relationships of line, contour, shape, colour, texture and sound/music. A lecture on the importance of music/sound in art history and contemporary art will introduce students to the importance of this relationship.

553 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
May 02 to Jun 13
MON 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Watercolour Woodblock Printmaking

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, landscape and a model and can expect demonstrations followed by ample painting time, and a critique towards the end of each class. 

504 with Brian Hoxha
May 11 to Jun 15
WED 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
Apr 22 to May 27
FRI 2:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTER

Explorations in Composition

This course is intended to provide students with a compositional skill set to supplement the development of their own personal images or work developed in other classes. Course content includes: understanding the visual potential of the 2-dimensional picture plane, design principles that affect communication and interpretation of an idea/concept, visual aesthetics, and an awareness of and effectively using compositional variables and tools.  Students’ will develop a greater range of methods for achieving visually engaging images and be aware of a variety of options for composition and content development in order to better visually achieve their intended goal.

Topics include: form/shape, scale, direction, placement, depth, space, density, visual hierarchy, relationships of forms, contrast and contradiction, development of surface and specifically how they contribute to development of the picture plane.

Practical studio work will be a priority and students will be encouraged to work in the medium of their choice (drawing, painting, photography, digital). All media are welcome. Each practical session will be prefaced with a lecture/discussion and image examples. Students working both representationally and abstractly are welcome. 

555 with Gillian Iles
Apr 22 to May 27
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Collage Explorations 1 (Spring)

This foundation course will address the fundamentals of creating collage works and photo collage with a focus on incorporating found imagery and text. The collage process is based on material selected, isolated and then transformed through recombination and arrangement. The Spring term concentrates on the basics of composition and concept in collage works. Approaches include the fragmentation and rearrangement of photo collage material, de-collage and defacement, layering and transparency as well as explorations in frottage, paint and photo-transfers. This course will explore the diverse histories of collage and assemblage, from its origins in paper cutting and folk traditions to Dada and DIY attitudes in contemporary art.

539 with Donnely Smallwood
Apr 12 to Jun 14
TUE 2:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTER

Mixed Media Explorations: Textiles

This six-week course provides a basic introduction to textile processes and techniques associated with surface design and fabric manipulation as a means of expressing ideas. Practical work is complemented by critical, historical and theoretical information, which assists the students in understanding elements of contemporary mixed media textile work. This course will cover processes involved in the surface decoration and manipulation of fabric including painting, image transfers, the use of rollers and stencils, resist and batik and marbling to create altered surfaces and personal fiberart pieces.

556 with Jacqueline Treloar
Feb 19 to Apr 01
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
Apr 11 to Jun 20
MON 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Drawing and Collage

Drawing and Collage is an innovative class for beginner students who wish to develop their skills in the foundations of drawing in combination with explorations in collage. This course combines the fundamentals of representational and expressive drawing with the collage process. Each week there will be lesson in drawing fundamentals: from gesture and contour drawing to explorations in mark making or extended studies of the figure.  We will incorporate a wide range of drawing media from graphite to charcoal, ink and coloured media. A selection of our drawings will then be transformed through the collage process: they will be cut up, layered and rearranged in combination with other papers, materials and found imagery. Sometimes, the collage process will be the starting point for the drawing. To enhance and enrich our experience, we will refer to artists, past and present, who work in drawing and collage combinations.

Note: No experience necessary.

544 with Donnely Smallwood
Apr 12 to Jun 14
TUE 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Drawing and Painting 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 and oil based materials. This six week course will introduce students to a spectrum of drawing and painting techniques using charcoal, oil stick and oil paints. 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. This is a 6-week course.

235 with Celia Neubauer
Feb 22 to Mar 28
MON 2:00PM - 5:00PM 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 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.

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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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
Feb 25 to Mar 31
THU 10:00am - 1:00pm 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.

102 with Megan Williams
Feb 25 to Mar 31
THU 10:00pm - 1:00pm 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.

232 with TBA
May 02 to Jun 13
MON 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Watercolour Woodblock Printmaking

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, landscape and a model and can expect demonstrations followed by ample painting time, and a critique towards the end of each class. 

504 with Brian Hoxha
May 11 to Jun 15
WED 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Fundamental Oils

This course provides both beginner and advanced students with practical and technical knowledge of the uses of oil paint. Designed to complement Painting 1, this course will familiarize students with oil paints, a range of mediums, and their specific functions. Demonstrations relating to technique will be ongoing, detailing both traditional and contemporary styles of applications 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 their formative training. Issues of health and safety relating to the use of handling oil paints and mediums will also be discussed.

Note: Please be punctual. A talk and demonstration begins 10 mins. after the start of class. Introduction to Drawing or equivalent experience is recommended.

847 with Celia Neubauer
Apr 28 to Jun 18
THU 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
Apr 28 to Jun 16
THU 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Digital Photography Basics

In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of digital photography. Technical instruction with a focus on artistic exploration of subject matter will be covered. Camera hardware and software, lighting and composition, lens effects, file transferring and storing, printing, and an introduction to the digital darkroom using Photoshop are covered. There will be field trips to photograph nature, architecture and/or street scenes. As a final project, students present a thematic series of photographs in the form of a slide show or prints. 

Note: A digital camera of any type is essential for this course. Students should have a basic knowledge of Mac computers and OS 10.x or experience with Microsoft Windows. This course uses CS6 Master Collection.

440 with Tobi Asmoucha
Apr 27 to Jun 01
TUE 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER

Digital Photography Portfolio Workshop

This six-week course will help students build their photographic portfolio.  By reviewing works in progress we will workshop the students’ pieces into a coherent portfolio.  There will be discussions on printed and digital portfolio formats, and how to prepare a strong portfolio for specific applications.  Feedback through one-on-one reviews with the instructor, as well as class critiques will help develop the students’ portfolios.

429 with Tobi Asmoucha
Apr 26 to May 31
TUE 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Portrait Digital Photography

This course will focus on lighting and different approaches to portraiture.  Students will photograph using available light and different times of day.  There will also be a session with strobe lighting.  Environmental portraiture, conceptual portraits, and self-portraits will be covered during this workshop.  Feedback of class assignments will be one-on-one, and also in the form of constructive class critiques.  Some retouching techniques, and burning and dodging in Photoshop will be covered. 

Note: This course uses CS6 Master Collection.

421 with Tobi Asmoucha
Feb 24 to Mar 30
WED 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Abstraction in Oils

To abstract is to generalize. This course is an appropriate follow-up to Fundamental Oils and Basic Painting. It introduces students to a broad spectrum of abstract formats and provides an informative backdrop for stylistic approaches being practiced by working artists today. A broad survey will commence highlighting key artists whose individual techniques reinforce the conceptual processes involved in abstract oil painting. Studio projects will proceed in an ordered sequence to maximize technical development while introducing students to formal concerns associated with image development and colour synthesis. Upon completion, each student should possess an introductory knowledge of abstract painting that will better prepare him or her for further study in painting. 

Note: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Fundamental Oils, Introduction to Painting, or have had some oil painting experience. Appropriate follow-up courses include 315 Intermediate Painting.

150 with Celia Neubauer
Feb 09 to Mar 29
TUE 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Colour Mixing

Based in colour theory and the primary colour palette, the content of this course thoroughly investigates colour mixing with an emphasis on tertiary colours and colour relationships. Additional work on colour reactions can be provided. Through structured exercises and practice, students will learn to see the elements that compose any observed colour and will develop their ability to make intuitive choices regarding values and colour temperature.

Note: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour-language skills. This is a 6-week course.

126 with Angela Leach
Jan 29 to Mar 18
FRI 10:00am - 1:00pm REGISTER

Experimental Drawing

This drawing workshop addresses non-traditional techniques and creative exploration in mark making using various drawing materials.  Through intensive and sustained investigation, students will explore varying methods for drawing and determine how accidental mishap can lead to unexpected possibility.  In addition, participants will be encouraged to explore new and unorthodox techniques while making use of opportunities for inventive discovery.

Note: This is a 6-week course.

561 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Feb 25 to Mar 31
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Introduction to Life Drawing: Sustained Poses

This course will cover the essentials of interpreting the figure in a sustained manner.  A loose gesture, proportion, and sensitive line quality set the stage for creating dramatic 3-dimensional form. Subtle values of tone and colour will establish mood, atmosphere, and character. Poses will be up to 2 classes (6 hours) long. One key skill set is taught each week. This course is ideal for those with basic figure drawing skills and offers a strategic approach to interpretation. 

Note: It is recommended students have taken a recent course in Life Drawing, or have approx. 24 weeks of current life drawing experience. This course is 6 weeks long in the Fall 2015 term and 8 weeks long in the Winter 2016 term.

202 with Megan Williams
Feb 01 to Mar 28
MON 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Drawing and Painting 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 and oil based materials. This six week course will introduce students to a spectrum of drawing and painting techniques using charcoal, oil stick and oil paints. 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.

235 with Celia Neubauer
Feb 22 to Mar 28
MON 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.

560 with Brian Hoxha
Feb 23 to Mar 29
TUE 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
Apr 22 to May 27
FRI 2:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTER

Outdoor Digital 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.

922 with John Bingham
May 14 to Jun 18
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER

Structural Drawing

Examine the “building blocks” of the complex world around you. Intended for novice but committed or intermediate level students, this ten-week course is more analytical than expressive in its approach. The focus is on rendering a convincing depiction of three-dimensional forms and spaces on a flat surface. Lectures, demonstrations, and drawing exercises will investigate basic principles of perspective (e.g., constructing cylinders and boxes, and relating forms to a common vanishing point or points). Drawings will involve invented perspective constructions as well as observational drawing. Subject matter will be simple at the start and move on to more complex challenges, from still life through to the human body, with an eye to helping students convey structure and volume. Drawings will be predominately linear. Relevant art history will also be introduced.

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

223 with Thomas Hendry
Apr 29 to Jun 17
FRI 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Explorations of Sound in Visual Art Through Drawing and Mixed Media

In this 6-week course we will explore the impact of sound in our visual language through drawing with various media including watercolour, ink, charcoal and paint as well as working with various materials in collage. Students will learn about abstract composition by investigating relationships of line, contour, shape, colour, texture and sound/music. A lecture on the importance of music/sound in art history and contemporary art will introduce students to the importance of this relationship.

553 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
May 02 to Jun 13
MON 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.

322 with Celia Neubauer
Feb 23 to Mar 29
TUE 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Mixed Media Explorations: Textiles

This six-week course provides a basic introduction to textile processes and techniques associated with surface design and fabric manipulation as a means of expressing ideas. Practical work is complemented by critical, historical and theoretical information, which assists the students in understanding elements of contemporary mixed media textile work. This course will cover processes involved in the surface decoration and manipulation of fabric including painting, image transfers, the use of rollers and stencils, resist and batik and marbling to create altered surfaces and personal fiberart pieces.

556 with Jacqueline Treloar
Feb 19 to Apr 01
FRI 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
Feb 10 to Mar 30
WED 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER

Explorations in Composition

This course is intended to provide students with a compositional skill set to supplement the development of their own personal images or work developed in other classes. Course content includes: understanding the visual potential of the 2-dimensional picture plane, design principles that affect communication and interpretation of an idea/concept, visual aesthetics, and an awareness of and effectively using compositional variables and tools.  Students’ will develop a greater range of methods for achieving visually engaging images and be aware of a variety of options for composition and content development in order to better visually achieve their intended goal.

Topics include: form/shape, scale, direction, placement, depth, space, density, visual hierarchy, relationships of forms, contrast and contradiction, development of surface and specifically how they contribute to development of the picture plane.

Practical studio work will be a priority and students will be encouraged to work in the medium of their choice (drawing, painting, photography, digital). All media are welcome. Each practical session will be prefaced with a lecture/discussion and image examples. Students working both representationally and abstractly are welcome. 

555 with Gillian Iles
Apr 22 to May 27
FRI 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.

424 with John Bingham
May 12 to Jun 16
THU 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER
919 with John Bingham
Feb 27 to Apr 02
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm 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. 

302 with Andy Fabo
Feb 25 to Mar 31
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER
Youth & Family

Featuring year-round Youth Art Studio, plus special March Break and Summer Art Camp programs, young artists (ages 10-17) are guided through age-appropriate explorations o…

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Featuring year-round Youth Art Studio, plus special March Break and Summer Art Camp programs, young artists (ages 10-17) are guided 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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Character Design in Clay (Ages 14-17)

This week-long workshop introduces students to the creation of iconic characters and creatures from the film, animation, video game and comic book industries. Students will learn how to sculpt in oil based and polymer clay and build wire armatures to support the pose of their character. Topics such as proportion, structure, anatomy, surface detailing and design concepts will be covered. Students will be working from observations looking at various references material, as well from imagination. At the end of the workshop, students will have the option of adding colour to their work by experimenting with painting and patina finishes.

695 with Florian Jacot
Jul 18 to Jul 22
MON - FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Mask Making (Ages 11-13)

Mask making is traditionally bound to the materials available, from wood, sea shells, plants, stone, bone, hide, metal etc. In this urban masks making course students will use recycling materials which will be assembled, then plastered and finally painted and decorated. The students will learn to collect and edit materials as well as connecting them with wire, tape, hot glue and plaster. Painting and decorating the masks will be the final step. An introduction to the history of masks will be given at the beginning of the course.

699 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Aug 08 to Aug 12
MON - FRI 9:00am - 3:00pm REGISTER

Drawing for Animation (Ages 14-17)

Discover the exciting world of animation. This course introduces students to basic animation principles as well as the process of creating effective animated characters and dynamic storyboards. Learn how to design and illustrate animated characters through a variety of stylistic drawing techniques using paper and pencil. Students will develop and refine their drawing skills and explore exercises covering concepts of gesture and expression, and character personality.

698 with TBA
Aug 08 to Aug 12
MON - FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Architectural Drawing and the Built Environment (Ages 14-17)

Explore the interesting world of architecture through drawing and city tours. This course introduces students to the basics of drawing architecture including technical drawing with an emphasis on perspective and spatial strategies. Through the discussion of contemporary and historical references, this course will provide students with an introduction to the design of buildings, spaces urban and natural environments.

Note: Basic drawing skills required.

697 with TBA
Jul 18 to Jul 22
MON - FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Fundamental Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, including contour, gesture, value, perspective, foreshortening, surface treatment, and composition. Emphasis will be placed on learning to see and experience the world from the artist’s viewpoint. Classes will be structured combinations of shorter exercises and longer, more developed drawings. A variety of wet and dry drawing media will be used.

Note: This course is appropriate for all levels including introduction to intermediate. It is also a good preparation class for 693 Life Drawing for Teens. Basic materials provided.

696 with Donnely Smallwood
Jul 11 to Jul 15
MON-FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Fundamentals of Drawing for Youth (Ages 13-16) (Spring 2016)

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 model will be used.

Note: No class held on Sat. May 21 for Victoria Day

910 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Apr 16 to Jun 25
SAT 12:45pm - 3:45pm REGISTER

MARCH BREAK INTENSIVE: Life Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of life drawing, including: proportion, composition, shape, gesture, line, and value. This course is designed to expose the student to several different methods and approaches to contemporary life drawing and it’s application. Using dry media (pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel etc.) the various topics will include: illustrative and animation type drawing, academic realist drawing, contemporary expressive drawing, abstraction and basic anatomy. These different methods of approach will be used as a platform for different skill building exercises in a fun and energetic environment, building toward several final drawings at the end of the week. 

Note: All models will be dressed in athletic wear or equivalent.

693 with Paul Turner
Mar 14 to Mar 18
MON - FRI 9:00am - 4:00pm REGISTER

Fundamentals of Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, including contour, gesture, value, perspective, foreshortening, surface treatment, and composition. Emphasis will be placed on learning to see and experience the world from the artist’s viewpoint. Classes will be structured combinations of shorter exercises and longer, more developed drawings. A variety of wet and dry drawing media will be used.

Note: This is a 6-week course. This course is good preparation for the March Break art camp for teens: 693 Life Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17).

910 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Feb 27 to Apr 02
SAT 12:45pm - 3:45pm REGISTER

Sketch and Sculpt (Ages 11 -13)

This course is designed for 11 to 13 year olds and will offer a variety of materials (wood, paper, wire, clay, etc.) to build, construct and sculpt 3-dimensional objects, sculptures and masks. The process of idea-finding as well as documenting the finished artwork will be done through sketching and drawing using various media (charcoal, ink, markers, etc.), including working in a sketchbook. Through demonstrations and examples the students will learn a variety of techniques as well as historic and contemporary contexts.

Note: Basic materials provided.

694 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Jul 25 to Jul 29
MON-FRI 9:00am - 3:00pm REGISTER

Life Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of life drawing, including: proportion, composition, shape, gesture, line, and value. This course is designed to expose the student to several different methods and approaches to contemporary life drawing and it’s application. Using dry media (pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel etc.) the various topics will include: illustrative and animation type drawing, academic realist drawing, contemporary expressive drawing, abstraction and basic anatomy. These different methods of approach will be used as a platform for different skill building exercises in a fun and energetic environment, building toward several final drawings at the end of the week. 

Note: All models will be dressed in summer athletic wear or equivalent. This course is for students aged 14- 17.

693 with Paul Turner
Jul 25 to Jul 29
MON-FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm REGISTER

Mix it Up: Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media (Ages 11 - 13)

This fun and challenging course for 11 to 13 year-olds offers young artists an exciting opportunity to develop and expand their drawing skills and to explore collage and mixed media processes.  Each class will be structured with drawing fundamentals taught primarily in the morning sessions (quality of line, contour, gesture, basic shapes, tonal drawing, perspective), and then each afternoon, expand the drawing experience to include collage and mixed media. The classes will also investigate expressive and experimental mark making as well as drawing and collage from fantasy imagery.

Students will work with a wide range of drawing materials (such as charcoal, oil pastels and conte); ink and paint media as well as intriguing found imagery and materials for collage.  Throughout the week, we will investigate drawing, collage and mixed media through a wide range of subjects and themes such as favourite objects and the still life, flowers, foliage and natural specimens, the human figure, landscape and weird and wonderful imaginary worlds.

691 with Donnely Smallwood
Jul 04 to Jul 08
MON-FRI 9:00am - 3:00pm REGISTER

Youth Art Studio (Ages 14-17), 2-Week Intensive

This fun and exciting program allows students ages 14 -17 years old 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. 

Note: This course runs Mon-Thu 10am-4pm and Fri 10am-1pm. (Incl. 30-min lunch break). Intended to be a 2-week course, but if your child is unable to attend both weeks and would like to register for one week only, please contact the office for options.

729 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Jul 04 to Jul 15
MON - FRI (2 weeks) 10:00am - 4:00pm REGISTER
Digital Media

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

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Digital Media

Digital artists practicing as industry professionals 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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Outdoor Digital 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.

922 with John Bingham
May 14 to Jun 18
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER

Digital Photography Portfolio Workshop

This six-week course will help students build their photographic portfolio.  By reviewing works in progress we will workshop the students’ pieces into a coherent portfolio.  There will be discussions on printed and digital portfolio formats, and how to prepare a strong portfolio for specific applications.  Feedback through one-on-one reviews with the instructor, as well as class critiques will help develop the students’ portfolios.

429 with Tobi Asmoucha
Apr 26 to May 31
TUE 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
Feb 27 to Apr 02
SAT 9:15am - 12:15pm REGISTER
424 with John Bingham
May 12 to Jun 16
THU 6:00PM - 9:00PM 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
Apr 16 to Jun 18
SAT 12:45pm - 3:45pm REGISTER

Portrait Digital Photography

This course will focus on lighting and different approaches to portraiture.  Students will photograph using available light and different times of day.  There will also be a session with strobe lighting.  Environmental portraiture, conceptual portraits, and self-portraits will be covered during this workshop.  Feedback of class assignments will be one-on-one, and also in the form of constructive class critiques.  Some retouching techniques, and burning and dodging in Photoshop will be covered. 

Note: This course uses CS6 Master Collection.

421 with Tobi Asmoucha
Feb 24 to Mar 30
WED 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Digital Photography Basics

In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of digital photography. Technical instruction with a focus on artistic exploration of subject matter will be covered. Camera hardware and software, lighting and composition, lens effects, file transferring and storing, printing, and an introduction to the digital darkroom using Photoshop are covered. There will be field trips to photograph nature, architecture and/or street scenes. As a final project, students present a thematic series of photographs in the form of a slide show or prints. 

Note: A digital camera of any type is essential for this course. Students should have a basic knowledge of Mac computers and OS 10.x or experience with Microsoft Windows. This course uses CS6 Master Collection.

440 with Tobi Asmoucha
Apr 27 to Jun 01
TUE 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER
440 with Tobi Asmoucha
Apr 27 to Jun 01
TUE 6:00PM - 9:00PM 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.

443 with Joe Hambleton
Apr 11 to Jun 20
MON 6:00PM - 9:00PM REGISTER
Art History

TSA’s Art History courses feature a dynamic approach of theoretical and hands-on learning for students to hold deeper investigations of the trajectory of art. Ranging fro…

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TSA’s Art History courses feature a dynamic approach of theoretical and hands-on learning for students to hold deeper investigations of the trajectory of art. Ranging from the Roman Empire to Contemporary art movements and Canadian art identity, multimedia presentations and lectures are supplemented with guest artists, gallery visits, and studio art exercises. Put theory into practice and make specialized connections with the museum and contemporary art world.

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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. This is an 8-week course.

308 with Andy Fabo
Feb 10 to Mar 30
WED 2:00pm - 5:00pm REGISTER
Professional Practice and Image Development

These courses offer individuals an opportunity to delve into both practical and exploratory ground in their artistic endeavors. Concentrating on the serious and pragmatic…

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Professional Practice and Image Development

These courses offer individuals 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 classes covering more hands-on techniques. Here, we provide opportunities such as guiding the beginner in producing their first portfolio, and mounting and marketing a group exhibition to assiting the more seasoned artist in successfully navigating the contemporary art world.

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Digital Photography Portfolio Workshop

This six-week course will help students build their photographic portfolio.  By reviewing works in progress we will workshop the students’ pieces into a coherent portfolio.  There will be discussions on printed and digital portfolio formats, and how to prepare a strong portfolio for specific applications.  Feedback through one-on-one reviews with the instructor, as well as class critiques will help develop the students’ portfolios.

429 with Tobi Asmoucha
Apr 26 to May 31
TUE 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
Apr 11 to Jun 20
MON 2:00pm - 5:00pm 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 Andy Fabo
Feb 25 to Mar 31
THU 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

Portfolio Development (Spring)

This course is intended for students who wish to put together a portfolio of their visual art work with the goal of gaining admission into a high school Visual Arts program or Post-Secondary Program in Animation, Graphic Design, Illustrations, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design or other fine art programs offered across the country. This course focuses on both studio-based projects as well as practical content. Students will learn about building foundation skills in drawing, painting, sculpture with the combination of process and exploration. This course will include group critiques, lectures, discussions and special topics on portfolio development and content, as well as school research and placement.  Students are encouraged to use open studio time to complete their projects.

Note: No class on Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day. A make-up class will be held on June 13.

845 with Tina Oehmsen-Clark
Apr 18 to Jun 13
MON 6:00pm - 9:00pm REGISTER

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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.

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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
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ANDY FABO

DRAWING & ART HISTORY
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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 and her work hangs in private collections in Canada, the U.S., the Netherlands and Brazil.

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.oehmsenclark.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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LAURA MOORE

SCULPTURE

Laura Moore, an international visual artist based in Toronto, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2007.

Her work has been exhibited in such venues as the St. Catharines City Hall Sculpture Garden, Ontario Science Centre, Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy, Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, Peak Gallery in Toronto, Stride Gallery in Calgary and Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. Moore’s work is also part of the permanent collections of the Thames Art Gallery and Uxbridge Public Sculpture Gardens. She is a returning guest member of Studio Pescarella in Pietrasanta, Italy, where she periodically spends time carving large-scale stone works.

EDUCATION
  • 2006 Masters of Fine Art, York University
  • 2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
  • 2001 Diploma of Art, Fanshawe College

www.lauramoore.ca

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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


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
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
EDUCATION
ANDY FABO | DRAWING & ART HISTORY

 

ANDY FABO | DRAWING & ART HISTORY
EDUCATION
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 and her work hangs in private collections in Canada, the U.S., the Netherlands and Brazil.

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
LAURA MOORE | SCULPTURE

 

LAURA MOORE | SCULPTURE

Laura Moore, an international visual artist based in Toronto, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2007.

Her work has been exhibited in such venues as the St. Catharines City Hall Sculpture Garden, Ontario Science Centre, Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy, Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, Peak Gallery in Toronto, Stride Gallery in Calgary and Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. Moore’s work is also part of the permanent collections of the Thames Art Gallery and Uxbridge Public Sculpture Gardens. She is a returning guest member of Studio Pescarella in Pietrasanta, Italy, where she periodically spends time carving large-scale stone works.

EDUCATION
  • 2006 Masters of Fine Art, York University
  • 2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
  • 2001 Diploma of Art, Fanshawe College
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

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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 transgendered people, 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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