Current Issue Cover
Art School

Toronto School of Art

PHONE (416) 504-7910

TORONTO SCHOOL OF ART (TSA) 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 an independent art school offering year-round programming with both traditional and contemporary approaches for adults and youth. Courses feature hands-on studio time and exposure to artistic trends in drawing, painting, sculpture, interdisciplinary, digital art and photography, portfolio development, professional practice, youth programming, plus weekly Open Life Drawing/Painting drop-in sessions.

TSA believes the arts should be accessible to all levels of experience. Whether you’re a working professional or just starting out, TSA offers courses 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 professional artist mentors are there to further refine, hone, and cultivate their skills.

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);
  • Storage space and student lockers;
  • Convenient location across from Dufferin TTC station.


TSA offers a wide-range of courses in various disciplines throughout the year. Choose from a course meeting 3-hours once a week, or full-day workshops and intensives offered in the Spring and Summer.

Fall and Winter Term: Daytime, evening, or Saturday 12-/8-/6-week courses;

Spring Term: Daytime, evening, or Saturday 10-/8-/6-week courses & 3-day workshops;

Summer Term: Daytime and evening 8-week courses, 3-day workshops & 4-/5-day intensives.



Portfolio Development

Designed for individuals seeking entry into post-secondary art programs such as fine arts, animation, graphic design, industrial design, fashion design, interior design and other art programs offered across the country that require a portfolio for entrance. The program focuses on building a portfolio of their visual artwork by providing studio-based projects, exploration, and concept development in drawing, life drawing, painting, sculpture, and portfolio preparation.

Professional Studio: The Practical Guide for Artists

This six-week course guides emerging artists through the development of the skills necessary to enter the art community beyond the school environment. Topics covered will include: putting an art practice plan into action, writing an Artist Statement and CV, documentation and archival skills, finding venues and developing a target audience, display, selling and shipping art, accessing services for artists including grants, exhibition venues, and more.

The Personal Critique Program

Offering any TSA student, high school student or a student from a post-secondary program, and/or practicing artists at any career level, an opportunity to meet with a professional artist from the TSA Faculty for a consultation, evaluation, or critique of their art work. The consultation can provide constructive feedback or direction for developing work and/or applying for a post-secondary art program. Individuals can select a specific TSA Faculty member to review their work if so desired. A one-hour session can provide advice, direction for building one’s artistic skills, identifying strengths, exploring new mediums, or navigating the art scene. Critiques in all disciplines are available.




Visit, call 416.504.7910, or drop by the office.





980 Dufferin Street, 2nd Floor

Toronto, ON M6H 4B4

416.504.7910 |