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Toronto School of Art
Toronto School of Art
980 Dufferin St, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario,
M6H 4B4

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Toronto School of Art

Toronto School of Art

980 Dufferin St, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4B4

Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
Visual arts (multi)
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)
$40 to $425/week
11 to 17

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Renee Castonguay

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About this program


Toronto School of Art encourages young artists to develop their creativity and personal style through exploration in drawing, painting, sculpture, animation and mixed media. Courses available for youth ages 11-13 and 14-17. TSA offers Saturday Youth Art Studio throughout the year and week-long Summer Art Camps/Intensives. (We have a large offering of courses for adults too!)

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Available Sessions:

weekly or weekend class / kids programs
Ages: 13 - 16
Drawing $440
Arts & Crafts|Drawing
weekly or weekend class / kids programs
Ages: 13 - 16
Photo/Video $415
Arts & Crafts|Photo/Video
Architecture|Arts & Crafts|Drawing
Arts & Crafts|Painting|Drawing
Arts & Crafts|Drawing
Arts & Crafts|Drawing
Day Camp
Ages: 11 - 13
Visual arts (multi) $395
Arts & Crafts
Arts & Crafts
Arts & Crafts|Drawing
Day Camp
Ages: 14 - 17
Visual arts (multi) $435
Arts & Crafts|Photo/Video|Drawing|Animation / 3D design

Upcoming Events February 23, 2018

upcoming events
  • February 23, 2018Spring and Summer Youth Courses, Camps and Intensives now open for registration!
    Toronto School of Art, 980 Dufferin St, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario
    Register by Friday, February 23 from 10:00 am

    Spring Saturday Art Courses for Youth and Summer Art Camps now open for registration!

    Register by March 23 for 10% tuition discount! with Promo Code SPRINGEARLYBIRD.

    Sign up with a friend to receive an additional $20 off!

    Toronto School of Art offers several art courses and camps art camps for youth ages 11-13 and 14-17. 

    TSA's Youth Programs faculty are working artists who all have a long history of working with youth to draw out their imagination, help them hone their technical skills, and find their creative voice.


    To register, check out the courses (https://tsa-art.com/courses/discipline/youth/), or contact the office: 416-504-7910 | [email protected] | 980 Dufferin Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto | www.tsa-art.com




    910 Fundamentals of Drawing for Youth (Ages 13-16)

    This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing. Emphasis will be placed on observational drawing, the development of perceptual skills and technical facility, as well as the exploration of drawing as an expressive medium and conceptual tool. Through in-class assignments and exercises, students will explore fundamentals of drawing such as negative and positive space, proportion, line, contour, value, volume, natural perspective, gesture, composition and mark making. A variety of drawing media will be used throughout the course to familiarize students with a range of materials and their possibilities. Critique, discussions, presentations and demonstrations will be fundamental to the working and learning structure of the class. This course also studies the human figure; a model will be used.

    Instructor: Tina Oehmsen-Clark                    

    Dates: April 21-June 23, 2018 | Time: Saturday 12:45 – 3:45pm

    Tuition: $405  | Materials fee: $35


    927 Digital Photography for Youth (Ages 13-16)

    Students will learn the basics of digital photography through hands on technical instruction with a focus on artistic exploration. Camera functions, lighting techniques, file transferring and storing, Photoshop image manipulation, and printing will be explored. Students will learn by photographing their ideas along with in class discussions. An offsite, outdoor shoot will be arranged.

    Instructor: Tobi Asmoucha                

    Dates: 9 weeks April 28 - June 23, 2018 | Time: Saturday 9:15 am to 12:15 pm

    Tuition: $375   |  Model fee: $40




    729 Youth Art Studio (Ages 14-17)

    This fun and exciting program allows students ages 14 -17 years old to explore their imagination and sample various techniques with a hands on approach in traditional and contemporary methods, ultimately find their own voice through the arts. Through (life) drawing, painting, sculpture/object making, collage, assemblage, mixed media, students learn technical skills, knowledge of contemporary visual arts and art history, and are encouraged to develop their own personal creative process. Field trips to museums and galleries as well as exhibition are also an integral part of the program. 

     Instructor: Tina Oehmsen-Clark     

    Date: July 3 to 6 and July 9 to 13, 2018

    Time: Week 1 - Tuesday to Thursday 10 am to 4 pm and

                     Friday 10 am to 1 pm (30-minute lunch)

    Week 2 -  Monday to Thursday 10 am to 4 pm and

                     Friday 10 am to 1 pm

    Each day will include a 30-minute lunch; Fridays may have a shorter lunch.

    Tuition: $590 | Materials fee: $65


    697 Architectural Drawing and the Constructed Environment (Ages 14-17)

    Explore the interesting world of architecture through drawing and city tours. This course introduces students to the basics of drawing architecture including technical drawing with an emphasis on perspective and spatial strategies. Through the discussion of contemporary and historical references, this course will provide students with an introduction to the design of buildings, spaces urban and natural environments. Note: Basic drawing skills required. Each day includes 1-hour lunch break. 

    Instructor: Julie Ourceau            

    Date: July 3-6, 2018 | Time: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5 pm (1 hour lunch)

    Tuition fee: $335  | Materials fee  $35


    691 Mix it up: Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media (Ages 11-13)

    This fun and challenging course for 11 to 13 year-olds offers young artists an exciting opportunity to develop and expand their drawing skills and to explore collage and mixed media processes.  Each class will be structured with drawing fundamentals taught primarily in the morning sessions (quality of line, contour, gesture, basic shapes, tonal drawing, perspective), and then each afternoon, expand the drawing experience to include collage and mixed media. The classes will also investigate expressive and experimental mark making as well as drawing in nature during a field trip to High Park. Students will work with a wide range of drawing materials (such as charcoal, oil pastels as well as drawing and collage from fantasy imagery. Students will work with a wide range of drawing materials (such as charcoal, oil pastels and conte); ink and paint media as well as intriguing found imagery and materials for collage.  Throughout the week, we will investigate drawing, collage and mixed media through a wide range of subjects and themes such as favourite objects and the still life, flowers, foliage and natural specimens, the human figure, landscape and weird and wonderful imaginary worlds.

    Note: Each day includes 1-hour lunch break.

    Instructor: Rebecca Jane Houston         

    Date: August 7 to 10, 2018 | Time: Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 3 pm (1 hour lunch)

    Tuition fee: $335 |  Materials fee: $40


    696 Fundamental Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17)

    This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, including contour, gesture, value, perspective, foreshortening, surface treatment, and composition. Emphasis will be placed on learning to see and experience the world from the artist’s viewpoint. Classes will be structured combinations of shorter exercises and longer, more developed drawings. A variety of wet and dry drawing media will be used. Students will draw from a life model for 2 classes. Note: This course is appropriate for all levels including introductory to intermediate.  It is also a good preparation class for 693 Life Drawing for Teens. Basic materials provided. The life model will wear athletic attire.

    Instructor: Donnely Smallwood     

    Date: July 16 to 20, 2018 |   Time: Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm (1 hour lunch)

    Tuition fee: $350  |  Materials fee: $35


    693 Life Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17)

    This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of life drawing, including: proportion, composition, shape, gesture, line, and value. This course is designed to expose the student to several different methods and approaches to contemporary life drawing and it’s application. Using dry media (pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel etc.) the various topics will include: illustrative and animation type drawing, academic realist drawing, contemporary expressive drawing, abstraction and basic anatomy. These different methods of approach will be used as a platform for different skill building exercises in a fun and energetic environment, building toward several final drawings at the end of the week.

    Note: This course is appropriate for all levels including introductory to intermediate. All models will be dressed in summer athletic wear or equivalent. Basic materials provided. Each day includes 1-hour lunch break.

    Instructor: Paul Turner         

    Date: July 23  to 27, 2018 |  Time: Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm (1 hour lunch)

    Tuition fee: $405 | Materials fee: $110 (model fee $85 + materials fee $25)


    694 Sculpture Explorations (Ages 11-13)

    This course is designed for 11 to 13 year olds and will offer a variety of materials (wood, paper, wire, clay, etc.) to build, construct and sculpt 3-dimensional objects, sculptures and masks. The process of idea-finding as well as documenting the finished artwork will be done through sketching and drawing using various media (charcoal, ink, markers, etc.), including working in a sketchbook. Through demonstrations and examples the students will learn a variety of techniques as well as historic and contemporary contexts.

    Note: Basic materials provided. Each day includes 1-hour lunch break.

    Instructor: Tina Oehmsen-Clark            

    Date: July 30 to August 3, 2018 | Time: Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm  (1 hour lunch)

    Tuition fee: $350  |  Materials fee: $45


    698 Drawing for Animation (Drawing)  (Ages 14-17)

    Discover the exciting world of animation. This course introduces students to basic animation principles as well as the process of creating effective animated characters and dynamic storyboards. Learn how to design and illustrate animated characters through a variety of stylistic drawing techniques using paper and pencil. Students will develop and refine their drawing skills and explore exercises covering concepts of gesture and expression, and character personality.

    Note: Each day includes 1-hour lunch break.

    Instructor: Enzo Avolio     

    Date: August 7 -10, 2018 |  Time: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm (1 hour lunch)

    Tuition fee: $335   Materials fee: $40


    681 Animation in Film ( Character design) (Ages 14-17)

    Celebrate character design and animation by bringing your characters together in a short animated group film.

    Students will learn to design their own characters and then learn the basic principles of animation. They will see their characters come to life and then come together with the other characters creating a short animated film that will be under a minute. The tones of the films will be silly and fun in nature. Students will get copies of their own animations and the final film can be used to promote further group films at TSA. This course would help equip students in discerning further pursuits of applying for Animation and the Arts.

    Instructor: Enzo Avolio                

    Date: August 13 -17, 2018 | Time: Monday to Friday 10am to 5 pm (1 hour lunch)

    Tuition fee: $405 |  Materials fee: $30



Director's Message


Elizabeth D’Agostino, Managing Director


I am pleased to introduce you to the Toronto School of Art, Toronto’s longest-running independent art school. For over 40 years, TSA has provided a positive environment for aspiring artists young and old to attain a quality visual arts education.

TSA offers youth ages 11-17 and grown-ups ages 18+ a unique opportunity for hands-on studio learning and exposure to artistic trends in drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, mixed media, digital media, and photography. At TSA, artists teach students of all levels with both traditional and contemporary approaches, offering an array of courses to choose from that will further develop one’s artistic vision and ability at any level of experience. Our Youth Faculty have years of experience fostering young artists' creative voices and guiding them towards learning technical and exploratory aspects of art-making.

Whether you or your children are interested in gaining new perspectives, exploring a new artistic discipline, honing a skill or just boosting your creativity, TSA with its array of over 40 courses taught by professional artists welcomes you to our campus at the corner of Bloor and Dufferin (easy parking and great subway access).

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call 416-504-7910 for inquiries, and check out our full story and course selection at www.tsa-art.com.



Elizabeth D’Agostino

Managing Director


980 Dufferin Street, 2nd Floor

Toronto, ON M6H 4B4

416.504.7910 | www.tsa-art.com | [email protected]



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Donnely Smallwood's Teaching Philosophy

Throughout my art practice, there also runs a strong thread of art making with children and youth. I began to work with kids when I was still in art school, and I have pretty much continued ever since. In all my teaching, I think of myself as a guide who is there to suggest and encourage; to introduce a new material, an idea, a process, and together we see what happens... This would be how I feel about my teaching for all ages: from 7 to 70.

I am always refreshed by the energy and innovation of children and the discoveries they make. As an artist, one is always trying to achieve their state of perfect play; a space where you are uninhibited and totally lost in the moment. I take this to my own art practice.

In working with older children, I have observed their strong interest and desire to develop their drawing skills and expand their art experience. The Drawing Explorations class is meant to offer drawing fundamentals to kids 10-12, in a fun and innovative program; to take their art to the next level. Drawing is the foundation for so much in visual arts, and it builds confidence and a deeper appreciation and understanding of the way art works.


Donnely Smallwood teaches the Drawing Explorations course for 10-12 year olds, as well as courses for adults, including Collage and Assemblage, Installation, and Introduction to Drawing.

Tina Oehmsen-Clark's Teaching Philosophy

Having studied art and education at the University of Hamburg, Germany (Master of Fine Arts and High School Teaching Diploma), I have been working with Youths and Adults of various ages in school- and private institution settings since the early Nineties, as well as following my own art practice. Teaching has always been an important part of my being an artist -- it is not a "day job;" rather a place to exchange ideas, communicate, inspire and be inspired.

I believe that an understanding of our world, an acceptance of different cultures, and exploration of contemporary and historic art forms, and a recognition that the unknown is to be welcomed and not to be rejected are essential in creating and understanding art and culture.

In a world run by technology I find it essential, especially for tweens and teens, to explore their imagination with a hands-on approach to build a creative mind. In a praxis-oriented classroom/studio situation I show and present images and films, as well as take the students out to museums and galleries in order to connect their own work with historical and current ideas and approaches. I feel lucky and privileged to assist them in the process of understanding the importance of art and finding their own voices.


Tina Oehmsen-Clark teaches the Youth Studio course for 10-13 year-olds and 14-17 year-olds, respectively, the Portfolio Development course for teens and young adults, and the Introduction to Sculpture: Media Explorations course for adults.

In the News


December 7, 2017 - TSA Open House! This Saturday, December 9th, 11am-3pm

Our Open House features student exhibitions, a tinyArt Sale, refreshments, and info about our courses for Youth and Adults. Drop in! 11a-3p ...

November 8, 2017 - Just announced–March Break Camp for Teens: Life Drawing for Animation

Gain an understanding of the structure and movement of the human body working from life models–necessary skills in the field of animation. ...

September 2, 2016 - Tuition Promotion for Our Kids Readers - Fall Youth Art Courses

Register your youth ages 11-13 or 14-17 for one of our 12-week Fall art courses and receive a $50 tuition ...

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