Students registered in a Pottery class in the current term may take advantage of open studio times to continue developing their work and technique. Come for a single session or benefit from the discounted rate available by purchasing a 10 visit card (to be presented at the time you sign in). Want your studio time for free? Current students interested in monitoring in exchange for the open studio fees should contact the school at email@example.com to apply. Please indicate which sessions you wish to monitor and we’ll send you the details and an application. Please note: staff and faculty are currently working to find additional hours of open studio time between terms. Please check the Ceramics Studio blackboard for details as they become available.
Dates: January 15 – March 2, 2018
Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Not available February 11 )
Cost: $15 per visit (includes HST) or 10 visit card: $95
Buy 3 cards and save 10%. (Not available online. Please call or visit the school for this offer).
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. Thursdays. 6 weeks.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Please click here to download your course supply list.
Wondering what all the fuss is about lately with graphic novels and comics? Comic book professional, Mike Gagnon, explains the crazy comic book phenomenon, its history and its importance in the morning session. In the afternoon, you’ll learn the practical stuff, such as visual storytelling, pacing, beats, perspective, page layout and panel composition. Sunday. Course Fee: $79 Limit: 15 students
This shorter course is designed specifically to introduce students to the key concepts and basic tools used in Adobe Photoshop. Topics include image resolution, using layers, modifying and transforming selections, image editing and adjustments using layers and filters, and output parameters and protocol for web, devices and print. This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills and the Certificate in Photography Skills. Wednesdays. 4 weeks.
Paper clay is a special clay with paper fibre blended into the mix, offering ceramic artists a far more varied working and making process than with standard clay. This is an opportunity to push your clay creations to new heights as we play with stretching the surface and explore building wet on wet, wet on dry and dry to dry. Paper clay, firing & glazing included. Sundays. Course Fee: $195. Limit: 15 students
Spend an afternoon further developing your drawing foundational skills – either through a single workshop or a combination of these three uniquely focused workshops. Each in-depth session offers techniques, approaches and advice for drawing. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided. Drawing experience necessary. To visually define objects, it’s important to master rendering light and shadows. Explore the use of light and shadows through highlighting and shading, including hatching and crosshatching, to create the illusion of a third dimension. Monday. Course Fee: $39 Limit: 15 students
Available Spaces: 0
Drawing with accuracy is a fundamental skill required for success in botanical art – from sketching to exploring shape and size to the completion of an accurately rendered drawing that will serve as the blueprint for a formal plant study. In this workshop, Margaret will offer a variety of fruit and vegetable subjects, focusing on form and proportion for newcomers and foreshortening techniques for the more experienced. Open to all skill levels. Tuesday. Course Fee: $159 Limit: 15 students
Bring a sense of realism to your botanical subjects that makes them appear to rise off the page as you accurately capture light, shadow and full value ranges. Using a variety of fruit and vegetable subjects, Margaret will focus on how to bring a botanical subject to life in a 3-dimensional manner. Wednesday. Course Fee: $159 Limit: 15 students
Drawing and painting with good technical skills are important elements for success in botanical art, but arranging your chosen subject on the paper in order to capture that “Wow!” eye-catching appeal is another matter. In this two day workshop, you’ll learn some proven approaches from art world masters, but will also be encouraged to think outside–the-box with a more contemporary approach. Attendees from the lead-up botanical art drawing workshops may use their subjects already explored for this course. Thursday & Friday. Course Fee: $299 Limit: 15 students
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. Friday. Course Fee: $15 per session Limit: 30 students
*Please Note: We are unable to provide refunds/credits for this course*
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 and/or cards using your own intuition and creative freedom. No experience necessary and all levels welcome. Licensed cash bar with light snacks available. Bring some brushes and a basic set of watercolours. Friday. Course Fee: $15 per session Limit: 20 students. *Please Note: We are unable to provide refunds/credits for this course*
Available Spaces: 0
How do you know when your sketches have the potential to be larger compositions? Bring along your sketches for a group discussion on how to best analyze them and select those with the greatest prospects to become enhanced works. We’ll then spend the rest of this 2-day workshop developing those selections in the studio. Intermediate/Advanced level. All media. Saturday & Sunday. Course Fee: $149 Limit: 15 students
Spend an afternoon further developing your drawing foundational skills – either through a single workshop or a combination of these three uniquely focused workshops. Each in-depth session offers techniques, approaches and advice for drawing. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided. Drawing experience necessary. Drawing from the still-life, we will emphasis tonal patterns and composition. We will also pay particular attention to value study and texture. Direct observation is the key to this drawing workshop. Monday. Course Fee: $39 Limit: 15 students
In this action-packed week, students will discover a wide range of ways to express themselves. Drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, working in clay – it’s all part of the fun. We’ll explore colour, line and form while learning about the great artists and artworks that continue to inspire artists of all ages. Course Fee: $134 Limit: 16 students
Available Spaces: 0
It’s a week of masterpieces inspired by art from different countries and cultures around the world. Your child will create a personal sketchbook and art portfolio to bring home at the end of the week. A special storytime, included each day, provides inspiration for our daily projects. Course Fee: $134 Limit: 16 students
Sounds, textures, colours and even smells provide our inspiration as we dive into drawing, painting, sculpture and more. Each day there will be an exciting new artist to learn about and be inspired by. Course Fee: $134 Limit: 16 students
Available Spaces: 0
It’s art in 3-D! We’ll turn our drawings into three dimensional wonders – robots, dogs, ender dragons, villagers or fidget spinners ... anything is possible! We’ll also design our own cityscapes and transform them into 3D masterpieces. Course Fee: $134 Limit: 16 students
Available Spaces: 0
Lego can be much more than just a building material. In this week of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpting, Lego will provide not just the inspiration, but the means to make great art. We'll use the pieces of Lego as stamps, structures and storytelling in this imaginative "think outside the brick" week of art adventures. Course Fee: $134 Limit: 16 students
From north to south, east and west, it’s time to go on a week-long sketching safari. Inspired by favorite animated characters and some of nature’s funniest specimens, we’ll learn to draw animals from around the world. Cartoonists are required to bring their own 8 x 10 spiral ringed sketchbook. Any reference to licensed characters are for classroom inspirational purposes only. Course Fee: $134 Limit: 16 students
This week it’s creating cartoon characters from letters, numbers and shapes. And once we’ve drawn a letter, we’ll add a face! Make a bird! Draw a dog! Create a shark! Content will include character design and a focus on the basic skills and concepts of cartooning through exciting drawing lessons and projects. Cartoonists are required to bring their own 8 x 10 sketchbook. Any reference to licensed characters are for classroom inspirational purposes only. Course Fee: $134 Limit: 16 students
Picasso and Einstein are back by popular demand and with all new projects! We’ll become inventors, artists and scientists in this action-packed camp that explores the universe through engaging art experiments. Projects include 3-D solar systems, air cannons, straw rockets and other cool adventures using everyday materials and outlandish items you never thought would make art. Course Fee: $134 Limit: 12 students
Vivid colour! Fascinating textures! Printmaking has all of these. We’ll spend the break in the DVSA Print Studio creating one-of-a-kind hand-printed images as we experiment with different techniques and materials. Projects include styrofoam relief printing, collograph printing, paper marbling, stamps and stencil making, shadow printing and more – each one guaranteed to add to a beautiful range of work by the end of the week. Course Fee: $134 Limit: 12 students
For the young artist naturally curious about everything. From sculpture to printmaking to papier-maché, there will be drawing, painting and lots of fabulous new ways to spark your child’s inner creativity! Course Fee: $134 Limit: 16 students
It’s time to get your hands in during this fun filled clay March Break! Students will have an opportunity to break open the clay boxes and explore their personal creativity and design sense in a series of engaging projects. Expect some tuckered soldiers coming out of this intensive clay march! Course Fee: $134 Limit: 16 students
Using polished raw gemstones and polymer clay, we’ll create pins, bracelets and pendants, while exploring the concepts and art of jewellery making. Students will also learn foundation jewellery techniques of wire forming, using colorful metals and copper wires, and make connectors and components for their own unique necklaces and earrings. Course Fee: $145 Limit: 12 students
This course introduces students to fundamental design principles. These principles that underpin two-dimensional space will be explored using typography, photography, and drawing. All students are required to have their own computers with Adobe CC Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software to complete assignments. This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills and the Certificate in Art and Design Studio Skills. Wednesdays. 6 weeks.
This is a hands-on, fast-paced course where students gain the technical skills to create motion graphics, animation, and special effects for video. Courses are held at OCAD U using the latest software. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is required. CSDM 1N38, Introduction to Adobe Photoshop is recommended. This course qualifies for the Certificate in Digital Media Skills. Thursdays. 6 weeks.
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. Mondays. 6 weeks.
This is a hands-on, fast-paced course that builds on skills, creative techniques, and concepts taught in the introductory Digital Photography and Photoshop courses. Students explore the art of digital imaging through colour correction, digital effects, and batch processing. The course is held in OCAD U's computer lab using the latest software. Output will be purchased externally or through the in-house print service bureau. This course qualifies for the Certificate in Digital Media Skills, the Certificate in Web Design and Development Skills and the Certificate in Photography Skills. Wednesdays. 6 weeks.
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. Tuesdays. 6 weeks.
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 up your alley. 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 $10 clay fee 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 up your alley. 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 $10 clay fee Limit: 15 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. *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $209 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 May 21* Course Fee: $229 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. *p please note: there will be no classes on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee Section A: $299 includes model fees for 3 sessions with a life (nude) model. Limit: 15 students
Capturing the likeness of a human subject is immensely gratifying, but no easy task. This absolute beginner portrait class is for those who may be curious about portrait drawing, but uncertain how to begin. You’ll receive the encouragement, knowledge and basic skills needed to create convincing renderings while exploring media such as pencil and charcoal. The instructor will provide weekly demonstrations and considerable individual instruction, all designed to give you the confidence to enter the world of portrait artistry. At least one previous drawing class is advised. *Please note: there will be no classes on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $219 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. *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students
Take advantage of the DVSA studio facilities in order to work on your art. Open to all. No instructor. *Please note: there will be no open studio on May 21* Mondays and Fridays. Course Fee: $99 Limit: 30 students
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. *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students
The use of fabric in your collage projects will create new three dimensional possibilities and fascinating textures. This course builds on established collage concepts, this time using a combination of fabric and paper materials to create our works. Whether you are new to collage or have previous experience, you’ll discover lots of new ways to use collage as both a medium on its own or with the addition of mixed media. *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $185 includes a $15 material fee 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+. *Please note: there will be no classes on May 21* Mondays. 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. *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students
Discover the satisfaction of creating in three dimensions as you construct and shape a portrait in clay using a live model for reference. No previous sculpture experience is required, but students should have some basic drawing experience. All facets of the modelling process and portrait sculpture technique will be demonstrated and discussed. There’s plenty of group and individual instruction included. Mondays. Course Fee: $259 includes one bag of clay, some materials and model fee. Limit: 15 students
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