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*NEW* Introduction to Web Art and Design

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 is a hands-on, fast-paced course where students should gain the conceptual and technical skills to create online art and design content. Techniques covered include image preparation, video and audio compression, navigation, HTML and CSS authoring using Adobe Dreamweaver.  This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Web Design and Development Skills and the Certificate in Digital Media Skills. Wednesdays. 6 weeks.

 

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*NEW* Type and Image Studio

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.

The combination of type and image is a vital form of visual communication conveying complex ideas, construct meanings, implied narratives, and emotions. Students will explore the relationship between type and image across print and digital media. Course projects will combine visual and verbal elements to create sophisticated design, while looking at the formal considerations of materials in art and design production. Students are encouraged to use traditional media and digital computer programs, with an emphasis on the exploration of and through materials, process, and iteration. This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills and the Certificate in Art and Design Studio Skills. Thursdays. 6 weeks.

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*NEW* Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

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 is a hands-on, fast-paced course where students gain the technical skills to create sophisticated vector graphics for a range of art and design projects using Adobe Illustrator. This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills. *Please note: there will be no class on October 9* Mondays. 6 weeks.

 

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*NEW* Introduction to Adobe InDesign

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.

In this 6-week intensive, students should gain the software skills needed to create, preflight, and publish everything from printed and digital materials to interactive online documents. InDesign is the industry-leading page design and layout toolset. This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills. *Please note: there will be no class on October 9* Mondays. 6 weeks.

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2A30 Still Life in Watercolour

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. *Note: Due to the instructor’s schedule this term, Sandee will be available for the first two and last two weeks of classes; the remaining classes will be open studio.* All levels. Course Fee: $265 Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A38 Acrylic & Mixed Media

Art knows no limits. Expand upon your creative journey by introducing a blend of materials bound to bring new depths and intrigue to your work. You’ll explore the techniques and properties of primarily acrylic paints and acrylic paint mediums and be introduced to various other media, including pastel, tissue paper, newspaper, stencils, photocopies, etc. *Note: Due to the instructor’s schedule this term, Sandee will be available for the first two and last two weeks of classes; the remaining classes will be open studio.* Course Fee: $265 Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2C02 *NEW* Dreaming In Colour Ages 4-5

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! *Please note: there will be no classes on October 9* Course Fee: $205 Limit: 16 students. Mondays.

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2C11 Made by Me: Drawing and Painting Ages 7+

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. *Please note: there will be no classes on October 9* Course Fee: $205 Limit: 16 students. Mondays.

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2C18 *NEW* Introduction to Photoshop for Teens Ages 11+

No need for Instagram and Snapchat filters when you know how to manipulate your photos and create wild and wonderful digital art with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Filters, layers, effects and more  – you'll learn how to use all the tools needed to make vibrant paintings, photo collages and surreal landscapes. *Please note: there will be no classes on October 9* Course Fee: $199 Limit: 12 students. Mondays.

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2A02-A Beginners' Drawing

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. *Please note: there will be no classes on October 9* Course Fee: $299 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $277.13, Model Fee - $21.87) - includes 3 sessions with a life (nude) model. Mondays.

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2A34-A Beginners' Acrylic Painting

Designed for those who have never tried acrylics or have limited painting skills, you’ll learn to master this plastic and flexible medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to develop your confidence and talents. Previous drawing experience recommended. *Please note: there will be no classes on October 9* Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Mondays.

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2A47 *NEW* Driven To Abstraction

Discover the expressive and experiential nature of abstract painting, learning to trust your own creative instincts while pushing the limits of your materials. You’ll experiment with innovative ways of creating art as you develop your personal style. We’ll cover guidelines for colour use, concept, composition and design and test out new techniques of brushwork and applying paint. A $20 material fee will be payable to the instructor at the first class. Ideal for all levels. Oil or acrylic. *Please note: there will be no classes on October 9* Course Fee: $265 Limit: 15 students. Mondays.

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2A57-A Introduction to Pottery

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+. *Section A please note: there will be no classes on October 9* Clay extra. Course Fee: $329 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $279, Firing/glazing - $50) Limit: 15 students. Mondays.

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2A60 Introduction to Raku

Experiment in the colourful yet mysterious realm of Raku ceramics and learn a plethora of making and decorating clay techniques. The allure of Raku firing is a combination of a like-minded community gathering mixed with the excitement of fire, ceramics and speed – all resulting in spectacular colours. *Please note: there will be no classes on October 9* Clay extra. Course Fee: $329 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $279, Firing/glazing - $50) Limit: 15 students. Mondays.

 

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2A76 Digital Basics 2

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. *Please note: there will be no classes on October 9* Course Fee: $295 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $278.50, Lab fee - $16.50) Limit: 12 students. Mondays.

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2A02-B Beginners' Drawing

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. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A04-A Portrait Drawing and Painting

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. Course Fee: $359 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $256.10, model fee - $72.90) Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.
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2A04-B Portrait Drawing and Painting

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. Course Fee: $359 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $256.10, model fee - $72.90) Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A25-A Beginners' Watercolour

Never tried watercolour or have limited watercolour skills? Learn to master this challenging, yet gratifying medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to build your confidence and talents. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A39-A Beginners' Oil Painting A

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. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A40 Still Life Painting in Oil or Acrylic

Susan’s photo realism style is highly detailed and unique – here’s your chance to learn how she does it. Complete a finished floral close up painting using a natural light source. You’ll go from photo shoot to sketch to oil/acrylic as you learn the approach to capturing realistic detail on the canvas. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A41 *NEW* Landscape Painting in Oil

The secrets and best practices of landscape painting are revealed as you go from photograph to sketch to oil and complete a finished landscape piece. We’ll discuss mood, using shadow and light, explore composition, unpack the process of underlay painting, and review samples of classic landscape artwork. Lots of group and individual instruction provided throughout. For painters with oil experience. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A43 *NEW* More Exploring Landscape with the Group of Seven

Building on the popular Part 1 class (but not required), 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 Part 1 basics, while returning students will discover new challenges. Students should bring images or sketches for inspiration. Watercolour, acrylics and/or oils all suitable. All levels. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A57-B Introduction to Pottery

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+. Clay extra. Course Fee: $329 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $279, Firing/glazing - $50) Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A57-C Introduction to Pottery

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+. Clay extra. Course Fee: $329 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $279, Firing/glazing - $50) Limit: 15 students. Tuesdays.

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2A73 Digital Basics 1

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. Course Fee: $295 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $278.50, Lab fee - $16.50) Limit: 12 students. Tuesdays.

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*NEW* Illustration Essentials

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.

Illustration is an evocative form of visual communication. In this studio course, students will examine a wide range of creative approaches that give visual form to abstract concepts and ideas. Emphasis will be placed on rigorous brainstorming, matching form to content, non-literal thinking and risk-taking. Students will be introduced to the fundamental theories and practices in the field of contemporary illustration. Students will examine posters, maps, packaging, folding toys, book covers, magazine layouts, and more. Work will be executed in an array of media including gouache, acrylic paint, conte, colored pencil, pen and ink and watercolor. Work will be supported by technical demonstrations, slide presentations, and critique. Students are encouraged to bring work samples to the first class. This course qualifies for the Certificate in Art and Design Studio Skills.  Tuesdays. 6 weeks.

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2C03 *NEW* Masters of the Imagination Ages 4-5

Paint on canvas, draw with easels, sculpt with clay and build with wood. Inspired by new talents and masters from the art world, your artist will work on projects designed to challenge them beyond their current skills and bring out their inner virtuoso – all in a fun and supportive studio environment. Course Fee: $215 Limit: 16 students. Wednesdays.

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2C07 Paint! (and More Paint!) Ages 6-7

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! Course Fee: $205 Limit: 16 students. Wednesdays.

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2C20 Watercolour Painting for Teens Ages 11+

Chill after school in the art studio with brushes, watercolor paints and good friends. You’ll learn basic techniques such as colour mixing, layering, lifting, wet-in-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brushing and masking through projects that involve still life and simple landscapes. Plenty of demonstrations and instruction provided. Watercolour supplies provided for the first class; students to provide their own course materials for remaining sessions (to be discussed during first class). Course Fee: $199 Limit: 16 students. Wednesdays.

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2C21 Teen Pottery Ages 11+

Express your teen spirit through the art of pottery. You’ll explore throwing clay on the wheel, hand-building, and hot and cold surface treatments as you create your own ceramic pieces. This is a great class for connecting with new friends while developing your independent approaches and ideas. Course Fee: $249 Limit: 16 students. Wednesdays.

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2A01 Drawing for the Petrified

This is the perfect course for those who have always had aspirations to draw, but may be holding back. Learning to draw is essential for all aspiring artists and in this absolute beginner’s class, you’ll take those first tentative steps with the encouraging hand-hold you’ve been looking for. Even if the idea of putting a dot on a piece of paper makes you feel a tiny bit tremulous, over four weeks, we’ll explore how to bring eye, hand and pencil to paper and expand basic lines into shaded forms, moving textures and more. After building confidence and new skills, you may just be ready for a full Beginners’ class. All materials are supplied – just show up and let it happen. Course Fee: $169 Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.

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2A25-B Beginners' Watercolour

Never tried watercolour or have limited watercolour skills? Learn to master this challenging, yet gratifying medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to build your confidence and talents. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.

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2A36 Acrylic Painting: Exploring Landscape & Architecture

Designed for painters of all levels, this course will have you creating exciting compositions and solving problems related to landscape and architecture painting. Working from simple to more complex images, your confidence and enjoyment of the medium will increase with each project. Colour theory, perspective and the use of value to create mood and drama will be emphasized. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.

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2A39-B Beginners' Oil Painting B

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. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.

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2A44 Paint the Town!

An outdoor painting class with a difference! We'll work at various locations around Dundas where houses, streets, buildings, signs, telephone poles, cars, trucks and people are all part of the landscape. For painting students with some experience working outside, or for those who want to try it. Course Fee: $265 Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.

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2A57-D Introduction to Pottery

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+. Clay extra. Course Fee: $329 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $279, Firing/glazing - $50) Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.

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2A57-E Introduction to Pottery

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+. Clay extra. Course Fee: $329 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $279, Firing/glazing - $50) Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.

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2A58-A Handbuilding 101

Explore your creative side in clay and develop the dexterity and skill needed for the fine art of pottery. Learn hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling, and soft slab construction. You’ll also have an opportunity to bring your ideas to life on the potter’s wheel. All levels. Clay extra. Course Fee: $329 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $279, Firing/glazing - $50) Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.

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2A68 Sculpture for the Petrified

For many artists, the idea of moving something off the page and into three dimensions can be daunting. Yet, this course for absolute beginners will have you discovering the creative joys and rewards of sculpting. Our petrified guru, Instructor, will guide you as you work on projects using clay, paper, plaster strips and more to create your own sculptures. You’ll even get to try your hand at raku firing one of your ceramic pieces at the end of the program. Course Fee: $195 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $170, Material Fee - $25) Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.

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2A70 Traditional Photography: All Levels

Nothing beats the magic of seeing your photographic images appear in the darkroom. Dig out that 35mm camera and (re)discover the art of old-school film photography — no computers involved. This is an opportunity for both novice and experienced film-based photographers to learn, practice and improve their black-and-white camera and darkroom skills. The flexible workshop format accommodates structured and/or independent learning. Course Fee: $315 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $280, Lab fee - $35) Limit: 9 students, adults and mature teens only. Wednesdays.

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2C19 *NEW* After School Art Jam Ages 11+

Love to experiment? Watercolours, sharpies, pencils and acrylic paint are all on the table as we study basic art techniques and learn about composition and the principles of design. Whether it’s representational or abstract, we’ll draw, paint and collage to create unique works that emphasize your personal style and expression. Studio time includes plenty of instruction and demonstrations of specific skills. Fee: $215 Limit: 16 students. Thursdays.

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2A11 Life Drawing: Portfolio Preparation for College and University

Life drawing is the foundation for your portfolio, whether you are applying for Animation, Illustration, Fine Arts or Architecture in college or university. Three areas of drawing will be explored in this course – drawing the portrait, costume drawing and drawing from the nude figure. Students should be prepared on the first night to draw with black conté crayon on 18” x 24” newsprint pad. Course Fee: $359 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $256.10, model fee - $72.90) Limit: 15 students. Thursdays.

 

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2A25-C Beginners' Watercolour

Never tried watercolour or have limited watercolour skills? Learn to master this challenging, yet gratifying medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to build your confidence and talents. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students. Thursdays.

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Register now for Fall 2017. Classes available in Painting, Sculpture, Pottery, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking and much more.