From humans to hamburgers, from marble to rabbit fur, sculptors have created some of art history's most significant works. This course explores sculptural masterpieces from prehistory to the 20th century. Lectures are illustrated with slides and offer an entertaining, yet intelligent approach to art history. Fridays. Course Fee: $249 Limit: 30 students
Transforming a blank page into a creative statement is a combination of intuition and a solid understanding of design principles. For example, how can a single line show light, shade, texture and emotion? In this essential course for artists and designers, we’ll address core principles such as how to create visual balance, contrast and tension and most importantly develop your personal way of seeing and communicating through the design of your art. Mondays. Course Fee: $169 Limit: 15 students
If you’re an absolute beginner artist, this course offers the encouraging hand-hold you’ve been looking for. Jump (even if tentatively) into a new creative world of colour, laughter and personal fulfillment. Discover what it is to feel good about the process of painting as you receive an introduction to the basics of watercolour and acrylic painting, along with enlightening discussions about drawing and composition. Come get your feet (and canvasses) wet and take the first steps on your colourful and artistic journey. All materials provided – just show up and let it happen. Course Fee: $214 Limit: 15 students. Wednesdays.
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Discover all new possibilities for this unique art form using tools and techniques that will take your art to the next level. After a brief review of the medium, you’ll be introduced to new methods for creating textures, reduction printing, mixing mediums, and other techniques suitable for both studio and home use. Classes include group demonstrations of a variety of techniques and materials, plus plenty of individual guidance and instruction. Some materials included. Saturday. Course Fee: $165 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $150, Material Fee - $15) Limit: 10 students
Nothing draws attention like the flash and style of a unique ring. In this workshop, you’ll learn basic fabrication techniques using sterling silver sheet and rectangular wire to create a sculptural statement ring of your own design. Fabrication techniques covered include sizing and measuring the band, saw-piercing, filing, soldering and finishing. Studio fee includes all materials, the use of an in-class individual tool kit per student, as well as larger shared equipment. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $235 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $190, Material Fee - $45) Limit: 12 students
Shutter speed, ISO and aperture settings form the core foundation of how all photos are captured. This course focuses on how the big three interact and how you can manipulate them to produce photos that stand out. You’ll also explore the concept of exposure and continue expanding on your photographic knowledge as you transition from Auto to Manual mode. Pre-Requisite: Get Exposed to Digital Photography - Level 1 or Permission of the Instructor. Participants should have basic computer skills. Bring your camera user manual. Course Fee: $119 Limit: 10 students. Wednesdays.
Electroplating is the process of “plating” metals such as gold or silver onto other metals or organic matter in order to create beautiful jewellery art. In this simple hands-on course, you’ll learn the process of electroplating as you turn organic elements such as leaves and flowers into metal bits that can become pendants, earrings, and other keepsakes. All materials included - but bring leaves, acorns, etc to work with. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $229 Limit: 15 students
This course will emphasize the fine tuning of observational skills as well as an appreciation for the figure's anatomy. You’ll be challenged to scrutinize and decipher subtle colour cues while exploring the full range of value. Previous experience with life drawing or soft pastels is helpful. Course Fee: $179 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $149.84, model fee - $29.16) Limit: 15 students. Fridays.
Learn how to exploit the effects of light and shadow to develop the form and composition. We’ll focus on working from dark to light, patterns of shadow drawing, modeling in ink and turning line into tone. Course Fee: $59 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $50.25, model fee - $8.75) Limit: 15 students. Saturday.
Perfect for “newbies” to the medium, this 2-day intensive will get you inspired about the potential of acrylic painting. Topics include colour mixing and colour theory to achieve the colours you want and painting techniques such as brush work and blending on the canvas. We’ll also look to the master painters of art history for examples of composition, style, technique and more. Bring your own image to work from. Course Fee: $149 Limit: 15 students. Saturday & Sunday.
Come and learn how to use the new glaze spray booth in the pottery glaze room. Through demonstration and hands-on practice, you’ll explore the new possibilities for glaze and slip effects achievable by spraying on greenware and bisque ware. We’ll also cover safe usage along with cleaning and maintaining the spray equipment. Course Fee: $79 Limit: 10 students. Sunday.
A workshop for the photographer looking to add the use of studio flash and multiple light set-ups to their skill-set. You’ll learn how to use use monolights, strobes, light modifiers, umbrellas, softbox and grid spot attachments to shoot creative photographs. We’ll also investigate how exposure is calculated and how light ratios are determined to create different lighting effects. Students will need DSLR with zoom lens or prime lens 50mm -105mm. Course Fee: $79 Limit: 15 students. Sunday.
Express the beauty of our local birds in the medium of pen and ink. Value, proportion, form and texture will all be considered in this exciting introduction to drawing birds. Subject matter provided by instructor. Some drawing and watercolour experience recommended. Course Fee: $49 Limit: 15 students. Thursday.
Design a unique, sculptural pendant by combining two gorgeous materials! In this intermediate level class, basic metal fabrication techniques will be used to embellish small pieces of wood with sterling silver and create a precious metal relief. Fabrication techniques covered include sawing, filing, soldering and finishing. Studio fee includes the silver and wood, the use of an in-class individual tool kit per student, as well as larger shared equipment. Intermediate Class – students should have completed a previous statement ring or pendant class with the instructor. Thursdays. Course Fee: $199 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $154, Material Fee - $45) Limit: 12 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 design course is an introduction to the potential and expressive qualities of contemporary typography. Topics include the anatomy of the letterform, distinctions between typefaces, and shaping the page with type. Students will be introduced to contemporary graphic designers and their impact on visual communication and the written language. Students should be prepared to create work in either Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator. This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills and the Certificate in Art and Design Studio Skills. Prerequisite: CSDM 1N19 or CSDM 1N26 or equivalent experience. Thursdays. 6 weeks.
Remarkable patterns, shapes and spirals showcasing the Fibonacci sequence can be seen on many plant structures, ranging from the visible seed patterns on strawberries to the highly complex helix in the center of a sunflower. Completing a botanical Fibonacci study is never as daunting as it looks – it requires focus and a careful, logical building process. In this 1-day workshop, Margaret will offer a range of specimen choices best suited to your skill level and guide you through the steps to required to create an accurate rendering of a patterned plant subject. Open to all skill levels. Course Fee: $159 Limit: 15 students. Tuesday.
Injecting a 3-dimensional aspect into a plant study is achieved through an understanding of how to interpret light and shadow. This 1-day workshop will demonstrate how to set up a light source to best feature the structure of a plant before moving on to rendering your plant in graphite. For newcomers to botanical art, simple plant forms will be provided. For the more experienced artists, plant structures that display Fibonacci patterns will be the focus. A table lamp is required. Course Fee: $159 Limit: 15 students. Wednesday.
Remarkable patterns, shapes and spirals showcasing the Fibonacci sequence can be seen on many plant structures, ranging from the visible seed patterns on strawberries to the highly complex helix in the center of a sunflower. In this 2-day workshop, you’ll explore the techniques of colour application on a selected and drawn Fibonacci subject. Learn how to ensure the fascinating patterns spirals do not overrule the sense of a fully 3-dimensional result. By understanding how light impacts the subject’s full structure, you’ll be able to integrate pattern and form to achieve realism. Course Fee: $299 Limit: 15 students. Thursday & Friday.
This refresher session is designed to tame the “black beast” of figure drawing. We’ll start with a few basic guidelines on perception and perspective, then study the head, hands and feet while working through sighting, reference points, negative space and more. Course Fee: $59 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $50.25, model fee - $8.75). Saturday.
Take your landscape ideas from sketches to studio composition during this 2-day workshop. Instruction begins with a short outdoor sketching session (weather permitting) as we uncover valuable sketching techniques and strategies aimed at strengthening your work. At the end of Day 1, sketches will be analyzed for their potential as larger compositions. Day 2 will be devoted to developing these compositions in the studio. For Intermediate/Advanced artists. All media. Course Fee: $149 Limit: 15 students. Saturday & Sunday.
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
Traditionally used for making fabric, clothes, shoes, carpets or vessels, felting is a millennia old technique that continues to inspire artists and artisans around the world. This workshop offers an exploration of the possibilities to use felting for making sculptural objects. Participants will first learn to make felted irregular pebbles before applying the techniques and approaches further to shape a small bird. Course Fee: $179 (Tuition + Registration + HST = $153, Material Fee - $26) Saturday & Sunday. 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.
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.
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
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