The Toronto School of Art is committed to inspiring our community’s artists to make their mark through an education model that revolves around artists teaching artists.
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 practising 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.
Spring Courses start May 4, 2013
TSA offers students a robust array of courses to choose from that will further develop their artistic vision and ability at any level of experience. Students will also benefit from a hands-on, studio-based curriculum led by passionate professional artists.
Through image presentations, demonstrations and hands-on work time in the studio with professional sculptors, students will develop their technical skills, using both traditional and non-traditional materials. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore different methods, including modelling, additive construction, planar construction, found-object assemblage and installation.
Under the direction and mentorship of working artists, students will learn how to develop and hone their skills at all levels of experience. With classes that range from Introduction to Painting to Abstractions in Acrylics, students will be challenged to articulate themselves using different styles, subjects and media within the discipline.
With state-of-the-art technology, industry professionals and a wide range of comprehensive classes that focus on tactical learning, students are provided with a cache of tools to master their craft in the digital world. In addition to covering the entire Adobe Creative Suite, students can also focus their studies on digital editing, web design and portfolio building.
By offering a variety of drawing courses that span the entire spectrum of the discipline, our curriculum can accommodate students from every artistic background. Whether they’re interested in structural artistry or portrait drawing, students will strengthen their ability to perceive and translate the visual world into their own artistic expression.
Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991. In addition, Burnett served as the school’s Director from 2000 to 2004 and has been a member of the Faculty Steering Committee since 1992.
Over approximately 35 years of exhibition, visceral, textured layerings of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in the many paintings executed by Burnett. Through his early period with the Isaacs Gallery (1979–1989) and then with Gallery One (1989–2004), Burnett has displayed a sense of humour and irony in his ongoing investigation into the two-dimensional picture plane. In his most recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings using Painter 12 software. The final works are limited-edition prints on canvas, mounted on birch panel, with an acrylic topcoat that creates a simulacrum of Burnett’s characteristic style and painting techniques. His work has been collected by the City of Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum and McLaren Art, as well as American Express, and is featured in many private collections.
Brian Hoxha has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2004. Hoxha is also an educator in watercolour and printmaking at the Art Gallery of Ontario and in the T.D.S.B. at Northern S.S., and a long-time member of Open Studio, the artist-run centre and print studio.
Hoxha’s work explores the beauty and solace of the natural world, whether in painting or making prints. He particularly finds constant inspiration by working on location in breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, as is evident in his journeys to Northern Ontario, Western Canada, Newfoundland and Montana.
Hoxha is currently being represented by Open Studio, Gallery 133, The Denison Gallery, Art Interiors, Tracey Capes F.A., Noveau Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Gibson Fine Arts in Calgary and the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s N.F., as well as by a variety of arts consultants in Toronto.
Camille Turner, a Toronto-based media/performance artist and cultural producer, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2008.
Turner is the founder of Outerregion, a performance company that creates intercultural experiences that disrupt the expected and engage the public in unusual ways, and the co-founder of Year Zero One, a digital media organization. She has presented interventions, installations and public engagements throughout Canada, the UK, Senegal, Australia, Cuba, Jamaica, Germany and Mexico. Her most recent work brings hidden and erased histories and geographies to life through participatory events and locative media. HUSH HARBOUR, a sonic walk, animates historical Toronto’s Black geographies. TXTilecity, a collaboration with Year Zero One produced by the Textile Museum of Canada, maps the city of Toronto through its textile histories.
Celia Neubauer, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting at the Toronto School of Art since 2001. Previously, she taught at Queen’s University, Kingston, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Her own works are influenced stylistically and conceptually by her interest in historical tradition. Her landscapes reflect a modernity that bridges both figurative realism and formal abstraction. Her works are included in the collections of BMO Financial Group, Canada Life, Four Seasons, Dubai, Donovan Collection, Hewlett-Packard Canada Ltd., Live Entertainment of Canada Inc., Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board, Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington, Toronto, and other private collections. Neubauer’s paintings have also been featured in various publications, such as Abstract Painting in Canada, House and Home and Carte Blanche 2: Painting.
Donnely Smallwood, a multi-media installation artist, has taught at the Toronto School of Art since 2001.
Using found imagery and text as a starting point, Smallwood transforms a wide range of disparate materials by cutting and rearranging. She is most interested in how collage processes, by isolating and transforming images, work to alter and intensify the reading of the material. Her collage and assemblage fragments come together to form book works, collage drawings and elaborate site-based installations.
Florian Jacot is a visual artist who has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2009. As well as instructing at TSA, Jacot has been teaching figure sculpture, artistic anatomy, and figurative drawing and painting since 2004 at such schools as Max the Mutt Animation School, Artist 25 Studio, Centennial College and Sheridan College.
Jacot works traditionally in fine arts and does freelance work digitally for the film and gaming industries. His work has been exhibited on several occasions in shows and galleries. In 1999, he received an award from The Sculpture Society of Canada for two of his sculptures.
Gillian Iles, Toronto-based painter and sculptor, has been teaching painting and drawing at the Toronto School of Art since 2003. Previously, she taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the School of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan College.
Iles’s recent work combines paintings with sculptures, creating installations that incorporate both real and illusionary space. Her work is characterized by representational realism with selected abstraction. She draws her inspiration from the existence of social ideals, social orders and idealized lifestyles as they pertain to Western culture. Her work has been highlighted in Mix Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, Now Magazine and Eye Weekly, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She has also been featured in the book Carte Blanche, Volume 2: Painting.
Iris Häussler's haptic-conceptual installations revolve around fictitious stories. Her projects begin with detailed biographies of invented characters, which Häussler drafts with a novelist's eye for detail. She then builds the "material evidence" for her characters’ obsessive life and work, and finally opens the resulting environments to the public. Her best-known projects, The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach (2006) and He Named Her Amber (2008–10), were elaborately theatrical and unsettling artworks in which viewers were guided through displays of sculpture purportedly created by characters named Joseph Wagenbach and Mary O'Shea.
Because Häussler is interested in the distinctions between fiction and reality, she does not immediately reveal to viewers that her installations are artworks. Her practise raises issues of authorship, artistic intention, and the constantly shifting boundaries between art and life.
Born in Germany and trained as a sculptor and conceptual artist, Häussler now lives in Toronto. Her work has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions, most notably at the Art Gallery of Ontario 2008, and the 18th Sydney Biennale 2012, as well as group exhibitions here and abroad.
In 1999 the Karl Hofer Prize, Berlin, was awarded for Häussler’s work, and in Canada her projects received support by the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2013, she received a CCA Long Term Grant to further pursue her creative work.
Häussler has been teaching sketching at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. She has been invited to speak about her work in universities across Canada and the US, and held a guest professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1999.
Jacqueline Treloar, an English-born artist and educator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2006. Before moving to Canada, she spent twelve years running a textile design studio in Northern Italy.
Treloar’s work has won her several accolades over the years, including the Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence, and her work has been featured in numerous periodicals, journals and books, such as Fibrearts, Surfacing, Ontario Craft, Azure and Toronto Life. Since coming to Canada in 1984, Treloar has presented her work in exhibitions at the Ontario Crafts Council, the John B. Aird Gallery, the Homer Watson Gallery, the Museum for Textiles, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Library and Gallery in Cambridge, among other institutions.
Joe Fleming has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2002. In addition, Fleming has previously been an instructor at OCAD and Sheridan College.
Fleming has been exhibiting internationally for over 15 years, with representation in Vancouver, Calgary, Singapore, Bali and Malaysia. His work has been included in many international art fairs: Rogue Wave Singapore, courtesy of Gallery Taksu, as well as FIAC in Paris, Arte Cologne in Germany, Scope in New York and TIAF in Toronto, all courtesy of Artcore. Fleming’s work is also included in many corporate and public collections: Trimark Mutual Funds, Honeywell Bull, American Barrick, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (Malaysia), HSBC Bank, Choo Mei Lin Cathay Organization Singapore, Australian High Commission, Canadian High Commission (Kuala Lumpur), the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Museum of Civilization (Hull, Québec) and the Holocaust Museum (LA). In 2009, Fleming’s work was included in Carte Blanche 2: Painting.
John Bingham, a photographer and graphic artist, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. Bingham established his career in traditional photography, but was quick to realize the potential of the newly evolving digital medium. As a result, his unique photographic style and understanding of Photoshop technique has made him a highly sought out industry professional and private tutor. Looking to share his knowledge with other artists, Bingham has found great satisfaction in helping new students of digital photography and Photoshop. His love of teaching has helped many students find fulfillment in photography and the digital arts.
Bingham’s photography practice is based in Canada and he has photographed on assignment in the Canadian Arctic, South America and China. John’s client list includes a number of the country’s largest corporations, professional theater companies and television producers. His photographs have been published in Canadian books and magazines, documentary films and are included in several private collections. Most recently he has developed a unique collection of digital based abstract prints that are being marketed successfully with an internet photo agency. For the last two years he has shown at the Contact Photography Festival and at the 2013 Toronto Urban Photography Festival.
Joe Hambleton, a Canadian-born artist and educator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2010. Previously, he taught at York University, Ontario College for Art and Design and Sheridan College.
As a storyteller, Hambleton uses art and the medium of video to create narratives that explore his personal experience and surroundings. By continually altering his process through research and experimentation, Hambleton furthers his understanding of the narrative devices and processes found in other media such as film, video games, music and literature. As Hambleton applies these narrative devices and processes to video, he progressively creates narrative structures that reflect his personality and influences. His work has been shown across North America, Europe and Asia and is represented by the Pari Nadimi Gallery.
Karen Justl, a Toronto-based illustrator and graphic designer, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. In addition to teaching at the TSA, she is an instructor at Continuing Studies, OCAD University.
Her illustrations have been published across Canada in subTerrain Magazine, Broken Pencil, Chesterfield Magazine, Kiss Machine, Herizons Magazine, The Mark News, Pilot Paperback Project and Crow’s Toes Magazine for Children. In 1993, her comics travelled around the prairies in a Fantagraphics show called Misfit Lit. Her series People and Their Problems won a prize and made an appearance in Applied Arts magazine in 2009. Her work was showcased on subTerrain’s cover and folio in 2011 and in Broken Pencil’s folio section for the “Canzine Issue” in October 2010.
Laura Moore, an international visual artist based in Toronto, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2007.
Her work has been exhibited in such venues as the St. Catharines City Hall Sculpture Garden, Ontario Science Centre, Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy, Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, Peak Gallery in Toronto, Stride Gallery in Calgary and Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. Moore’s work is also part of the permanent collections of the Thames Art Gallery and Uxbridge Public Sculpture Gardens. She is a returning guest member of Studio Pescarella in Pietrasanta, Italy, where she periodically spends time carving large-scale stone works.
Malcolm Cullen, a British-born illustrator based in Toronto, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 2008. Previously, he has taught at Sheridan College and Humber College.
He is a book and magazine illustrator with a strong background in graphic design and has been self-employed in Toronto since 1987.
Marie Lehman, a medical illustrator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 1994.
Her illustrations have been published in textbooks and in international medical journals such as the British Journal of Plastic Surgery and Canadian Critical Care Nursing Journal. Lehman was the exclusive illustrator of Robert Richards’ textbook Air Travel and Blood Clots: Risks and Preventability.
Martha Eleen, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art since 2004.
Her own works explore the relationship between culture and landscape. She has also received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publications. Eleen’s work has been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the US, Mexico and Japan. She is currently represented by the Loop Gallery in Toronto.
Megan Williams has taught at the Toronto School of Art for over 20 years, offering courses in figurative drawing and painting, practical history of technique and the development of a personal creative voice. Administratively, she has served as Co-director of the School, in program development and in fundraising. Williams has also has taught at OCAD and currently teaches at Sheridan College in the School of Animation Arts and Design.
Williams is a recipient of two Greenshields grants (1981–82/1983–84) to study in Europe and is also a published author of a francophone collection of Canadian rhymes and songs from families from coast to coast, gathered during travels from Northern B.C. to the East Coast; she grew up as a bilingual Montrealer. She has also worked as a cartographer for the Near Eastern Studies Department of the U. of T., on site in the Nile Delta, Egypt, from 1981 to 1985.
Miklos Legrady, a visual artist and web designer, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 2005.
Legrady’s works range from traditional to digital, and are displayed across Canada, as well as internationally through exhibitions in the US, England, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Belgium, Hungary, Spain and Japan. His photography is represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada’s Museum of Contemporary Photography and the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank. His paintings are in private collections, with Internet time-based artwork represented in the collection of the Rhizome Artbase, a New York online platform for the global new media art community. Legrady was also the director and web designer of the Canadian Art Database, www.ccca.ca, and designs and produces documentary websites for Nuit Blanche 2006–2014.
Moira Clark, a Toronto-based painter, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1984. She has also been an instructor at the Art Gallery of Ontario (1980–2003) and the Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto, and is currently a professor of painting in the Art and Art History Program, a collaborative program offered by Sheridan College and University of Toronto in Mississauga.
Her paintings, in acrylic or oil paint, are a combination of representation and abstraction and are concerned with the observation of her surroundings and compositions with colour. Since 2004 she has been represented in Toronto by XEXE Gallery/KWT contemporary, where she had four solo shows until the gallery’s closing in 2012. Clark was a founder and member of the artist-run gallery collective Loop from 2000 to 2003, during which time she had three solo exhibitions. In August 2004, Clark was an artist-in-residence at the Pouch Cove Residency in Newfoundland. In 2003, she had a retrospective of her paintings and prints at the Cambridge Galleries, in Preston, Ontario. Her paintings can also be found in the 2008 Magenta Publication Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting. A printmaker from 1975 to l990, Clark has had prints exhibited across Canada, and they are represented in many public and corporate collections.
Mona Shahid, a Toronto-based painter, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 2006. She has also held teaching positions at the Ontario College of Art and Design (Portfolio Clinic) and at Wayne State University, during her academic tenure there.
Shahid works primarily in encaustic, and although she has experience in diverse painting media, including fresco, she is most recognized for her encaustic work. She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries in Canada and the US, including the Edward Day Gallery in Toronto (1998–2006), Cambridge Galleries, and the Robert Kidd and Susanne Hilberry Galleries, both in the Detroit area. Shahid has also given several guest lectures, including at Wayne State University and the University of Toronto. Her current gallery affiliations include the Susanne Hilberry Gallery (Ferndale, MI), Gallery Project (Ann Arbor, MI) and Peter Robertson Gallery (Edmonton, AB). She has work in collections across Canada and the US, as well as some in Europe.
Paul Robert Turner, a Canadian figurative oil painter, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 2010.
In 2007 and 2009, Turner was selected as an exhibiting finalist for The Kingston Prize, Canada’s only national portrait competition. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in private collections in Canada, England, France, Israel and the US.
Thomas Hendry, a Toronto-based artist, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. Hendry as been active as an art instructor for over a decade, and he believes that learning art should be positive discovery process. He practises this teaching philosophy beyond the Toronto School of Art at Sheridan College, The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, OCAD Outreach Program and the Toronto District School Board.
His drawings, shown in numerous exhibitions, use the means of traditional art to create contemporary images, images that address the beauty, mystery and complexity embodied in the human form.
Tina Oehmsen-Clark has been working as an artist and art educator since the early 80's and 90's respectively. She has been teaching Youth Studio, Portfolio Development, Drawing and Sculpture/Media Explorations at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. Tina also is an art catalyst in a special program at Avondale Secondary Alternative School.
Oehmsen-Clark’s work is an exploration of sound and music and visual art, including audio, drawing, sculpture, performance and sound installation. Her work has been shown and awarded in Germany, Denmark and Canada and most recently been exhibited at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, IndexG and Robert Kananaj Gallery.
Tina Poplawski has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1993.
Poplawski has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec and New York. Two galleries in Toronto, the V. MacDonnell Gallery and Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art, have represented Poplawski. Her work is found in North American and European collections both corporate and private. She is the recipient of many awards, including numerous Ontario Art Council Grants. Her work focuses on textured paintings, sculptural objects and paper works arranged into multi-faceted installations. She has been negotiating the cultural residue of war through her art practice for many years, leading her to a fascination with “debris” found in the botanical world.
Tobi Asmoucha, a commercial and editorial freelance photographer, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 1997. She also teaches at the Haliburton School of Art and Gallery 44.
Asmoucha’s images explore themes of community and the rituals that bind them, and have appeared in publications such as Canadian Geographic. Her documentary work has received a National Magazine Award and many nominations, as well as Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Jewish Arts Council grants. Currently, Asmoucha is a core member of PhotoSensitive, and her work is in collections at MOCCA and the Canadian War Museum.
Tom Campbell, a Toronto-based painter, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1989, with teaching stints at Sanford Fleming College, Sheridan College and the ROM. Since 2000, he has also travelled to the Aegean island of Ikaria every other spring to teach at the Ikarian Cultural Centre.
Campbell had his first major one-man show at Gallery Stratford in 1985, won the Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery prize for painting and joined the stable of artists at the Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto and Vancouver). More recently, other projects of interest have included painting the giant shipwreck mural for John Greyson’s feature film Zero Patience and painting a CD cover for alternative pop band Stars. On television, he was featured in “Artists in the Urban Environment” for Spectrum and Star Portraits, which aired on Bravo. His most recent exhibitions have been in Ottawa at the Galleria St Laurent + HilI and in C Word (Craft in the Fine Arts) curated by Richard Mongiat at The Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto.
Marie Lehman, a medical illustrator, has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 1994.
Tina Poplawski has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1993.