Whether you’re a glazing rookie or a veteran looking to add new techniques to your decorating toolkit, this two-day workshop will explore exciting ideas sure to make your pottery creations stand out. The first day will be spent exploring decorating techniques on wet clay including sgraffito, banding, resist and transfer. The next week, we’ll look at glazing methods including waxing, pouring, dipping, oxides, masking and resist. Please bring 4-6 Cone 6 leather hard pots and 4-6 Cone 6 pieces of bisque ware and one bone dry piece. $169 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $149, firing/glaze fee - $20) Limit: 10 students. Sundays.
Curious about the art of printmaking, but feeling hesitant about the unknowns of this traditional technique? This one day workshop offers encouragement and simple, easy-to-follow steps for the absolute beginner printmaker. Spend a day in the print studio getting a feel for the process and working with various water-based print methods including mono-printing, silkscreening and relief techniques. After this warm-up session, you may feel ready to bring your ideas to a full beginners’ printmaking class. All materials included. Saturday. Course Fee: $89 Limit: 12 students
In this 1-day intensive, learn to organize your life drawing composition with an awareness of the skeleton and how it relates to the human form. Using a live model and the anatomical skeleton – both set up in the same poses for comparison – we’ll work on full figure drawings with emphasis on knees and elbows and articulation of the rib cage, pelvis and more. Course Fee: $95 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $80.41, model fee - $14.59) Limit: 15 students. Sunday.
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Discover the unique beauty of the reed pen, a favourite drawing tool of Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn. With reeds provided by the instructor, you’ll learn the delicate art of making your own pen and then engage in mark-making exercises and a study of Vincent's drawings before culminating with a finished landscape piece. Some drawing experience is recommended. Course Fee: $95 Limit: 15 students. Thursday.
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The art of Picasso, Braque, Gris and Leger – the great masters of the Cubist period – will be our source of inspiration for creating a playful and colourful watercolour painting. This step-by-step creative exercise combines ideas about drawing, composition, colour and value that apply to traditional painting as well as the Cubist inspired piece you’ll develop. Each step is discussed clearly, making this exciting project an enjoyable learning experience. Prior watercolour experience recommended. Course Fee: $179 Limit: 15 students. Saturday & Sunday.
Get into the holiday spirit with this fun card creation workshop! Design your greeting cards and then using the silkscreen method, print high quality cards with a personal touch that friends and family will be sure to love. Step-by-step instruction and support is provided throughout the process. A great day for beginners and experienced silkscreeners alike. Some materials included. Saturday. Course Fee: $89 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $79, Material Fee - $10) Limit: 12 students
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You may have a great camera and snazzy filters on your smartphone, but to take your photos from "blah" to "wow,” you’ll need to know your photography fundamentals. In this 1-day workshop, we’ll look at the basics such as angles, composition and lighting plus how to best shoot portraits and action scenes. With the addition of these skills, your pics are sure to stand out online. This workshop is suitable for anyone with a smartphone with a camera – bring it to class! Course Fee: $79 Limit: 10 students. Sunday.
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A 1-day jewellery intensive introducing the fundamentals of beading and the essential techniques needed to make a bracelet from semi-precious stones weaved with beads. Working with high quality Japanese beads ensures your wearable masterpiece will have everyone talking. All materials included. Sunday. Course Fee: $85 Limit: 15 students
If you can draw a pot on paper, you can build it with clay and a tar paper template. This workshop will explore the extensive possibilities of handbuilding with soft slabs using this unique approach. All levels. Clay extra. Course Fee: $169.00 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $149.00, Firing/glazing - $20.00) Limit: 15 students. Wednesday & Thursday.
Sometimes artists just need to loosen up. This once-a-month drop-in life drawing and painting workshop features “adult libations,” a prime spot in front of a life (nude) model, and the opportunity to unwind from the week as you settle in to draw or paint. Working with instructor Ward Shipman, you’ll hone your skills through short sketches and longer poses. Instruction provided, if needed. Ideal for beginners to advanced artists. Licensed cash bar with light snacks available. Course Fee: $15 per session Limit: 30 students. Friday.
Join artist, Nancy Benoy, for a low-key evening as you experiment with watercolour techniques (wet over wet, wet over dry, pastel resist, salt technique and blending) and create a mixed-media abstract painting using your own intuition and creative freedom. No experience necessary and all levels welcome. Licensed cash bar with light snacks available. Course Fee: $15 per session Limit: 20 students. Friday.
This 5 class intensive workshop will be based on the instructor's recent residency in Thailand and include a combination of paint, fabric, needlework and various other materials and techniques being used to produce unique pieces of art. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Monday - Friday. All Day. Students will receive course materials list via email when instructor is back from her residency.
Wondering if the art of pottery is for you? Spend the day “pottering” in our ceramics studio and find out. You’ll get to explore working with slabs, coils and the wheel as you determine if this hands-on medium might be for you. Absolutely no experience required and clay and materials are all provided. Just show up and let it happen. Warning: pottery can be very addictive... Saturday. Course Fee: $89 (Includes clay) Limit: 15 students
Wondering if the art of pottery is for you? Spend the day “pottering” in our ceramics studio and find out. You’ll get to explore working with slabs, coils and the wheel as you determine if this hands-on medium might be for you. Absolutely no experience required and clay and materials are all provided. Just show up and let it happen. Warning: pottery can be very addictive...Sunday. Course Fee: $89 (Includes clay) Limit: 15 students
Have a passionate young artist who dreams in bright pastels and rainbows? In this class, we’ll create paintings, drawings and collages that explore all the variations on the artist’s colour wheel. We’ll build our colour mixing and blending skills and then use that knowledge to produce masterpieces sure to make your home a brighter, more colourful place! Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students
Painting, drawing, clay, abstract sculpture – each artist will work with the instructor to design their own program, perfect for developing their interests and strengths while providing new challenges. While the students will learn about many artists and techniques, each student is encouraged to bring ideas and source materials to share. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students
Build a personal art portfolio that shares your artistic vision. With a focus on drawing and painting, we’ll take on a variety of projects that will further your knowledge of technique, colour theory and composition. Also included are supportive critique sessions designed to reveal areas for improvement and growth. Two sessions will be drawing or painting from a portrait/costume model. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students
For anyone looking to become an artist, basic drawing skills are considered essential. This introduction to drawing course will challenge your senses and develop your drawing and shading skills – all in a supportive and inspirational environment. Topics include perspective and composition as well as the fundamentals of learning how to see. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $299 includes model fees for 3 sessions with a life (nude) model.
This class will provide the beginner to intermediate student with the basic skills in achieving a likeness. An understanding of the underlying structures will lead students to create convincing renderings in any drawing medium ie: pencil, charcoal, pastel... The instructor will provide weekly demonstrations as well as considerable individual instruction. Mondays. Course Fee $229 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students
Using weekly still-life compositions as our subject, this class addresses fundamental skills in the art of drawing and picture making. Lessons include the representation of form and space, perspective, tone, technique and much more. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided along with weekly demonstrations. All levels welcome. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no class on February 19 and March 12* Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students
This course is an extension of the popular Licensed to Draw – but without the libations. We will use a variety of methods, contour, gesture and long sustained poses. This course is designed for everyone from beginner to the advanced artist who would like to put the fun back into drawing from the model. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no class on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $359 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students
Exciting visual stories of danger and action don't just happen, they have to be made. When it comes to film or animation, much of that action and danger comes from story pacing decisions made by storyboard artists. Learn how to take a story or script and analyze it to find the key points in the story and adapt them into rough, but detailed visuals. Let arts and entertainment professional, Mike Gagnon, unpack the skills and techniques of storyboarding, helping you plan out your own amazing independent film, or pursue a career in helping bring other people's ideas to life. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $309 includes a $30 material fee. Limit: 15 students
In this introductory course to the exciting world of children’s illustration, we’ll use watercolour to work through projects that present different aspects of the field of illustration. Topics to be covered include character design, setting the scene and creating props. We’ll also investigate how to illustrate fairy tales and design book covers and puzzle pages. Some prior knowledge of drawing/watercolour is an asset. Mondays. Course Fee: $145 Limit: 15 students
Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students
For all levels, this is a fun free-form open studio format where you can work on a variety of clay processes under the guidance and mentorship of the instructor. Handbuilding and/or working on the wheel – it’s all fair game. An underlying focus will be on exploring a variety of surface treatments, including slip trailing, masking and plaster mould surface constructions while considering colour and texture through stains, underglaze and pigments. Throughout the course, you’ll be guided in the development of a personal sense of style and by the later weeks, be encouraged to hone your skills for a final supportive critique. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no class on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students
Apply the skills learned in Digital Basics 1 towards building your unique visual language and style. Practical exercises will help to broaden your vision and explore the possibilities of the photographic frame. You will also improve your photo editing using a step-by-step introduction to Photoshop. Prerequisite: Digital Basics 1 or instructor approval. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $295 includes a $16.50 media lab fee. Limit: 12 students
Join us for an exploration of how Italian Baroque art began and how it developed in the 17th century. Lectures are illustrated with slides and offer an entertaining, yet intelligent approach to art history. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19* Course Fee: $225 Limit: 30 students
Designed for the intermediate student looking to enhance their knowledge of contemporary art history and their approach to the artmaking, this course will introduce key developments from modern and contemporary visual art across a broad range of disciplines and modes of presentation. Working with this background, students will then undertake personal interpretations of these concepts in assigned art-making projects. Guidance will be provided with the technical, fundamental and formal demands of the work. Please note: assignments will require research and homework outside of the studio. Prospective students will be interviewed with examples of their work and selected for their suitability for the course. Those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements with the instructor. Mondays. *Please Note: there will be no class on February 19* Course Fee: $439 Limit: 15 students
In partnership with OCAD U, DVSA offers a selection of online courses each term. Up to 8 credits from the OCAD U Online courses can be applied towards completion of DVSA’s Foundational Certificate Program. Registration must be done through DVSA. Students will receive their course log in information and network credentials by email directly from OCAD U one week before the course start date. For more information on OCAD U Online courses, visit this link.
This innovative online course approaches online writing from an art and design perspective. Students should learn to use and customize Google's Blogger interface (a free and adaptable web platform) to showcase their own creative content. Interactive tutorials will introduce students to selecting interface styles, customizing templates, creating website navigation, maximizing plug ins and design features, and integrating audio and video content. Other topics will include online writing, building and maintaining an online audience, and leveraging social media platforms. This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills and the Certificate in Business Skills for Creative Professionals. Mondays. 6 weeks.
Sculpture, painting, typography, collage, drawing – in this course for beginner artists, we’ll try out a wide range of styles, approaches and materials to create stunning works of art. Projects and lessons are aimed at building familiarity and confidence while experimenting with non-traditional materials and techniques. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students
For anyone looking to become an artist, basic drawing skills are considered essential. This introduction to drawing course will challenge your senses and develop your drawing and shading skills – all in a supportive and inspirational environment. Topics include perspective and composition as well as the fundamentals of learning how to see. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students
Capture the complexity and grace of the human subject as you work in any drawing or painting medium. The same model will sit for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Students interested in working on longer sustained or larger pieces might consider registering for both classes. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $359 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students
Do you dream of creating your own comic strip like the ones you read in the newspapers? Learn from comic industry professional, Mike Gagnon, how to develop funny, compelling characters and produce a professional quality comic strip that you can share with others online or in print. Students will be guided through a visual examination of gags and humorous storytelling with visuals. We’ll also examine storytelling with brevity for limited space. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $309 includes a $30 material fee. Limit: 15 students
Immerse yourself in this stimulating medium that’s provided the means to create some of the world’s greatest works of art. Starting from a different still life every week or two, you’ll receive group and individual instruction on composition, colour and technique. Students can work in traditional watercolour methods or explore other approaches. All levels. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students
Let’s brighten up the winter months as we explore, through creative expression, the meaning and emotions that are inherent in flowers. We’ll examine light, colour and composition using close-ups of flowers as themes to expand your creative journey. A wide variety of approaches will be considered and individual instruction and assistance will be emphasized throughout. Students are encouraged to bring source materials such as photos or sketchbooks. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students
An updated version of the instructor’s Acrylic & Mixed Media course, this is an open studio set-up where you can bring your individual art pieces and work with the instructor present as facilitator and guide. Ideal for all levels of artistic ability. New students are encouraged to join as Sandee continues to introduce new methods for working with acrylics and various media combinations to produce vibrant and unique works. A great space for students to share ideas and have the support of a group. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students
A great start to your personal development as a painter! This course provides a basic introduction to the oil medium and includes guidance on choosing the proper materials and tools plus instruction on paint application, composition, colour mixing and much more. Previous drawing experience is recommended. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students
This beginner approach to abstract painting will have you experimenting with innovative ways of creating art as you plunge into expressive colour mixing, brushwork and composition. Invent new techniques for applying paint and devise radical artistic processes – all while creating your own abstract pieces. Plenty of class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. Oil or acrylic. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $249 Limit: 15 students
Building on the previous classes (not required prerequisites), we’ll examine, in greater depth, the techniques used by the Group of Seven and apply these approaches to our own landscape compositions. Weekly small-scale painting exercises will compare how these master artists approached similar subjects, but in different ways. Newcomers will review the basics, while returning students will move forward with all new challenges. Students should bring images or sketches for inspiration. Watercolour, acrylics and/or oils all suitable. All levels. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students
Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students
Learn to control your digital camera instead of it controlling you! In this beginner-level course, you’ll develop a solid photography foundation by using your camera hands-on in class and from feedback on your photos. Fully understand shutter-speeds, apertures, ISO, histograms, focusing and the various exposure modes for better quality images. Using best-practice, safely transfer and backup your photos. Bring any camera, but hold off on new purchases until you learn enough to know what you need. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $295 includes a $16.50 media lab fee. Limit: 12 students
Discover the versatility and unique characteristics of silkscreening using the latest non-toxic techniques. This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced screen printers. Beginners will learn a step-by-step method designed to inspire the creation of silkscreened projects. Returning students will explore more challenging ideas aimed at cultivating an advanced set of silkscreening skills. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $249 includes a $25 material fee. Limit: 12 students
All new projects! Painting, drawing, working with clay and building sculptures are all introduced in this class geared for various ages. Students will explore the work of different artists as they create their own fabulous art projects. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $149 Limit: 16 students
Inspired by the masters from the art world, your young artist will work on projects that ignite their inner virtuoso while introducing colour theory, design elements and more. We’ll paint on canvas and draw with easels – all in a fun and supportive studio environment. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students
The perfect class for kids who love to paint! Working with string, brushes, tape, sponges, fingers, sharpies and a plethora of weird and unusual things, your young artist will get to work creating a portfolio of colour. The exploration includes projects in printmaking, still life, landscapes, decorative masks, abstracts and more. Old clothes/art smocks highly recommended! Wednesdays. Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students
In our digital world almost everyone has a camera, but understanding how to capture that awesome shot that sets Instagram on fire is a different story. Transform your camera into an extension of your creativity and great eye as you jump from AUTO to Manual and learn how to capture the perfect moment. This class requires the ownership of a digital camera with some manual settings (point & shoot or DSLR – not a phone/tablet camera). Wednesdays. Course Fee: $179 Limit: 12 students