Toronto School of Art
The Toronto School of Art fosters the inherent capabilities of its students through an education model that revolves around artists teaching artists to help them make their mark.
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
Over the past 40 years, the Toronto School of Art (TSA) has established itself as one of the most distinguished alternative arts schools in the city. While our history alone sets us apart, it’s our ideology that truly defines us. We believe in taking an organic approach to the arts. This translates into a hands-on education model that focuses on studio-based learning. We offer students the opportunity to work with practicing artists in a close, one-on-one environment. What this entails is a rigorous study of the arts through a challenging, tactile application of every skill set learned.
TSA believes the arts should be accessible to all levels of experience. Whether you’re a working professional or just starting out, TSA offers programs that address all levels of expertise. The only thing our students need to get started is a passion for their craft. Once they have that, our mentors are there to further refine, hone and cultivate their skills. It’s this process of artists mentoring other artists that enables our students to truly find their voice and leave their mark on the world.
Thoughts About Art and Community
TSA is a general interest art school open to all and suitable for all levels of experience, whether students are working to launch and enrich their professional visual arts career, or supplement and compliment their creative lives in the community spirit of TSA's studios. Students are supported by a faculty of passionate, professional artists active in the Toronto arts communities, and are given opportunities to engage in community art projects, student exhibitions, off-site exhibition opportunities, and volunteer opportunities as part of the TSA volunteer team. TSA is located in Bloordale Village and is committed to cultivating creative partnerships with community artists and neighbourhood organizations. The Values Committee is committed to developing principles ensuring diversity and equity practices at the Toronto School of Art. A mandate of the committee is to design policies that better reflect the demographics of the community it serves and to recommend programs and services that better serve the needs of diverse groups. Another mandate is to increase access to and opportunities at the Toronto School of Art for those belonging to groups historically excluded from power or denied rights enjoyed by others.
Toronto School of Art (TSA) offers high quality art education for all levels of experience, all are welcome! TSA features a wide range of courses year-round, including workshops and intensives in the Spring and Summer. Youth programming supports young artists as they find their creative voice and offer portfolio development support. TSA's studio art programming features courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, collage, printmaking, art history gallery tours, digital arts, photography, youth art studio, summer art camps and intensives, and open life drawing and painting on a weekly basis.