Instructor Opening for Drawing and Observation Understanding and Interpretation

Founded in 1964, Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA) is an independent visual arts school committed to nurturing an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for everyone who learns and works at the school. We are launching a new 3-year diploma program Studio Fine Art Practice & Theory, recognized by the Ontario Ministry of College and Universities and dedicated to the study and practice of contemporary art within a multidisciplinary environment. Cohorts are small (10 students maximum) allowing for individualized feedback and elements of team teaching among faculty. Drawing and Observation Understanding and Interpretation is a course offered in this new program.

Students will learn the fundamentals of visual perception in descriptive drawing through a series of exercises, workshops and projects initiated from observational study. This course introduces the principles of art and design, while promoting a disciplined work ethic through concentrated study. Gaining confidence and a command of the medium are the primary objectives of the course.


Term Dates: 

  • September 11 – December 15, 2023 (12 weeks + mid-term break)
    Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m & 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Fridays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (total of 9 hours/week)
  • 9 teaching hours/week (+prep and grading)
  • +6 hours/term team teaching (dates to be arranged)

Enrolment cap

10 students




Creating a course outline; creating materials list; lesson planning and delivery; assignment design and delivery; facilitating discussion and providing oral feedback; grading; tracking and submitting grades; working closely and communicating with other program faculty and the Visual Arts Director; participating in team teaching sessions.


  • You have expertise in drawing from observation and the fundamentals of traditional practices and techniques such as life drawing, portraiture and perspective.
  • You are professionally active in the field of art for a minimum of 48 months (4 years)
  • You bring a commitment to practices of anti-oppression, anti-racism, equity and accessibility and ensuring safer spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ students
  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in art and experience teaching art at the post-secondary level will be considered assets

How to Apply

If you require any adjustments to the process outlined below for accessibility purposes, please contact us at full-time@dvsa.ca and we will provide accommodation.

Please prepare the following:

  • a letter of intent that speaks to your interest in the position and to your qualifications
  • a current resumé or CV
  • a link to images of your artwork online

Combine these documents into a single PDF and email them to the Visual Arts Director, Sally McKay, full-time@dvsa.ca

Application deadline is July 31st, 2023.

We encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We will review and consider all applications, but only those candidates who are shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Note: The successful candidate will be required to provide two brief letters of reference confirming that they have been professionally active in the field of art for a minimum of 48 months.