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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, Overnight 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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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!)

Program Session Calendar (2017/18)

Choose camp location:
weekly or weekend class / kids programs
Ages: 14 - 17
Drawing $0 to $510
weekly or weekend class / kids programs
Ages: 14 - 17
Drawing $0 to $515

Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sports facilities

  • Arts & Crafts Room

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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Stories & Testimonials


Illustration instructor Malcolm Cullen's Teaching Background

I grew up in the small English village of Cookham on Thames and studied graphic design for four years in London (U.K) where my first student commissions included book jackets and a jig-saw puzzle. There followed several years of gainful employment as designer/ illustrator starting up the design side of a printing company not far from Cookham, until love and fate brought me to Toronto. Since that time I have worked as an illustrator for many book and magazine publishers both in Canada and internationally, plus a number of design companies. The artwork produced includes both traditional and digital media; subject matter ranges from illustrated maps to how-to diagrams, editorial to humour.
Teaching, both at the college level and for younger students has also been an enjoyable aspect of my career. Youth summer classes at TSA included Adventure Books! - where participants not only write and illustrate their books, they create and bind the books. Teaching art and design is about showing students how to 'see', then taking them through the basics, whether using a pencil on paper, painting or making sculptures and models, to explore their creativity.


Malcolm Cullen co-teaches the Family Art Studio course for kids ages 7-10 and their caregivers, and 692 Illustration and Cartooning Techniques (ages 10-13)  which is scheduled for summer 2014, July 28- August 1.  

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


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 ...

July 21, 2016 - New drawing camp for kids 11-13 added! Week of Aug. 8. Register now!

This course will introduce young students to the fundamentals of drawing, including contour, gesture, value, perspective and composition. ...

June 22, 2016 - Feature on Enzo Avolio: New Youth Art Camp Guest Instructor

TSA is happy to announce that Enzo Avolio will be teaching "Drawing for Animation" (Ages 14-17) from August 8-12. Learn more here. ...

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