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.

  • TSA is the city's longest-running independent art school. Enrol in a course and enjoy:
  • Small class sizes
  • Individual attention and guidance from faculty
  • Free Open Studio sessions for current students to work independently outside of class time (contact the office to confirm studio availability)
  • Student locker rentals
  • Central location at Queen and Bathurst
  • Our new home at 24 Ryerson Avenue will be fully accessible
Message from Renee

Dear TSA Community:

Thank you for a fantastic Fall term! As we wrapped-up our courses and hosted our annual Open House a couple of weeks ago, we also began to say goodbye to Kent School, our home for the past five years.

I'd like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the Bloordale neighbourhood. It has been a pleasure participating in special events like the  BIG on Bloor Festival of Art & Culture , and launching unique projects like the  Inside Out Project and installing a mural at Dufferin TTC station.
I'm so grateful for the community connections TSA has made with  BIG: Bloor Improvement Group ,   Bloordale CIA Bloordale BIA , and local businesses like:  TOWN Queen's Shop Home Baking Co. Dead Dog Records , and  Nuthouse . We deeply appreciate the ongoing support from  Councillor Ana Bailão MP Julie Dzerowicz  and their community office teams.

It has been an eventful year for TSA as we welcome new students, faculty, staff, and volunteers. Your contributions to our artist community do not go unnoticed. Thank you for the time, energy, and creativity you share in our studios and the support you provide each other.

Renovations are nearly complete at our future home near Queen and Bathurst, we look forward to welcoming you to 24 Ryerson Avenue in January 2019 . The studio spaces are designed with the history of the building and our needs as an art school. We'll be enjoying natural light in every studio, new locker rentals and common spaces thanks to G architects and Boszko & Verity.

We are kicking-off the new year in our new home with an exciting range of Winter courses including:  Drawing for Painting Pre-Digital Surface Design Beyond the Flat: Photography as Material and Object , and longtime favourites like  Colour Mixing Introduction to Drawing , and  Collage Explorations .

Whether you're working on developing a portfolio, building new skills, or simply seeking a creative outlet, there is a place for you here. All are welcome.

It has been an incredible experience being a part of the TSA team as we settled-into our Kent School home in 2013 and seeing how much we've grown. We have a bright future ahead of us and I look forward to working and creating alongside you.

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in 2019!


Renée Castonguay
Managing Director

Winter Term Courses at 24 Ryerson Avenue

See below a mix of exciting NEW courses and returning favourites to warm up your creative practice this Winter starting the week of January 14!
Collage Explorations 2 with Donnely Smallwood starting Monday, January 14-April 8 (12 weeks), 2PM-5PM
Employ the fundamentals of drawing, painting and sculpture to create collage, photo-montage and assemblage with this Winter term's theme of landscape and the Sublime.
Seen here is a site installation from Donnely Smallwood's Fall session of Collage Explorations 2. Course theme was Installation and students worked with the history of our Kent School Building.
Photography Project Workshop with Tobi Asmoucha starting Tuesday January 15-April 2 (12 weeks), 10AM-1PM
Delve into the creative process required in making a cohesive body of photography work. Historic and contemporary influences, one-on-ones and group discussions will be used to enrich images with meaning and context.

Professional Studio: The Practical Guide for Artists with Saroja Ponnambalam starting Tuesday January 15-February 19 (6 weeks), 6:30PM-9:30PM
This team-taught course will equip emerging and practicing artists with the necessary resources and skills to enter into the arts and culture community of Toronto and beyond!

Collage Explorations 1 with Donnely Smallwood starting Wednesday January 16-April 3, (12 weeks) 6PM-9PM
Transform photo-based images, vintage maps and other fine paper ephemera into collaged works utilizing fundamentals of image-making such as colour, composition, focal point, and negative and positive space.

Life Drawing: Figure and Context with Martha Eleen , starting Thursday January 17-April 4 (12 weeks), 10AM-1PM
Investigate the use of the figure in art. Engage with the meanings a body carries when placed in an environment, juxtaposed with an object, and composed in such a way that it embodies more than its physical presence.

Intermediate Watercolour with Brian Hoxha , starting Thursday January 17-April 4 (12 weeks), 10AM-1PM
For the experienced painter interested in understanding the complexities in capturing still-life, landscape and the figure through watercolour.

Beyond the Flat: The Photograph as Material and Object with Jessica Thalmann starting Thursday January 17-February 21 (6 weeks), 6:30PM-9:30PM
Expand the concept of the photograph by utilizing skills such as paper folding, cutting, embroidery, surface treatments and digital interventions to create work that lies at the intersections of sculpture, installation, drawing, painting and new media.

Narrative Painting: The Still Life with Kyla Brown starting Monday February 4-April 1(8 weeks), 6PM-9PM
Expand your compositional skills in this painting course that explores the meaning behind objects and their context.
What's New This Winter

Saturday course times have been slightly adjusted to:
9:30am-12:30pm   and  1:30pm-4:30pm .

Evening courses will now have two major time frames:
6pm-9pm   and   6:30pm-9:30pm

Open Life Drawing and Painting
OPEN LIFE DRAWING is held on Mondays 6:30PM-9:30PM  and Fridays 6:30PM-9:30PM . OPEN LIFE PAINTING is only held on  Fridays, 6:30PM-9:30PM.
FIRST 2019 MONDAY SESSION: January 14, 6:30PM-9:30PM
FIRST 2019 FRIDAY SESSION: January 18, 6:30PM-9:30PM
TSA OPEN HOUSE: Goodbye Bloordale
Thank you to everyone who attended, gave artwork, drew portraits, helped prepare for and volunteered at our Open House: Goodbye Bloordale .

A definite highlight of the day was our upstairs installation exhibition. “Everyone Shall Walk out of the Building “, created by the students of Collage Explorations 2 with instructor Donnely Smallwood.

Thank you to Wanda’s Pie in the Sky , The Cheese Boutique , Dufflet Pastries and J oe’s No Frills f or providing an amazing selection of delectables for the day.

Stay tuned for updates on our Grand Opening Celebration at 24 Ryerson avenue in the new year.
TSA Community Exhibitions
Carmina Miana
Pique/Peaked, Akin Vitrine,
1485 Dupont Street, Toronto
December 2018

A vision of an unrecognizable self, made of shredded glitch screens woven into coloured paper, kneeling to its past.
The past is all a story. Every time its told its more real, more meaningful, but less your present life.
Special Thanks: Moving Volunteers
 Our move from 980 Dufferin Street to our NEW permanent home: 24 Ryerson would not be possible without our community of volunteers, students, and faculty
Special thanks goes to:
We will be closed from December 21 to January 2.  When we re-open in the New Year, on January 2, we will only be available via telephone until Monday January 14th. If you have any questions or wish to register feel free to call us. 

Our office hours will be 9AM-5PM Monday to Friday from January 2-14

We will be fully-functioning and open for walk-ins and classes on Monday January 14th.  
Background image is of large tapestry by Jacqueline Treloar .
Jacqueline will be teaching Mixed Media: Textiles this Winter starting Friday March 1-April 5, 2PM-5PM