EXART - Extension - Fine Arts

Offered By:
Faculty of Extension

Below are the courses available from the EXART code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times.

★ 30 Non-credit course

This course serves as an introduction to western art, focusing largely on artists and objects that comprise the art history canon, from early 14th century art to modern art of the 20th century. In this introduction to the discipline of art history, you will be exposed to various artistic movements, and will be provided with a working knowledge of art history terminology.

★ 30 Non-credit course

What do all art forms have in common? How do artists use the elements and principles of design to help develop and unify their work and ideas? What is the language of art? Explore these questions and others in this introduction to design fundamentals. The characteristics of line, shape, texture, colour, and space are emphasized through examples, demonstrations, discussion, and visual problem-solving, as well as studio work with pencil, pen and ink, and acrylics. Enhance your appreciation of art and the process that makes it possible.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Expand the skills and ideas introduced in Visual Art and Design I into a creative and inventive format. Participate in an individual cumulative project that will develop over the length of the course. Elements of art and design will be put into practice while problem solving both media and subject, including drawing, painting, craft, mixed media or other. Prerequisite: EXART 3003

★ 30 Non-credit course

Drawing is one of the cornerstones of art training and is fundamental for visual arts. Learn the essentials of drawing from observation. Employing pencil, conté, or charcoal on paper, class projects use still-life motifs to introduce you to the basic elements of drawing line, form, tone, and texture. Develop your awareness of seeing and understanding the factors that work in good picture-making and apply them to produce a finished drawing.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Build on your skills from Drawing I and further explore the fundamental elements of line, shape, texture, space, tonal value, and compositional principles and considerations such as figure-ground relationships, rhythm, and scale. Employing dry and wet media on paper, projects will focus on observational drawing from still-life and the human figure. While emphasis will be on representational drawing, achromatic linear, and tonal value studies, the use of colour, abstraction, and collage will be introduced. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Explore the principles of drawing from the life model. A number of exercises, including quick and sustained studies, the study of basic human anatomy, and the relationship of the figure versus background, are employed to assist you in drawing the human form. Pencil, conté, and charcoal are recommended drawing media. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Build on your drawing and design skills as you apply them to the principles and techniques of painting. Work in oil or acrylic to bring your own style to still life motifs in exercises that examine the planning, development, and composition of paintings. Completion of EXART 3003 and EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Apply your basic painting skills as you further explore techniques, colour theories, and descriptive and interpretative methods of oil or acrylic painting in the studio. Completion of EXART 3010 is strongly recommended.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Explore various aspects of the creative processes as they pertain to pictorial art. A series of projects will examine spontaneous approaches to painting. Emphasis will be placed on a diversified use of media and the sources of meaningful imagery. You are free to work in any media. Completion of EXART 3011 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

In this course students will learn various techniques of developing portrait drawing based on direct observation of the model. The students will develop an understanding of how to translate three dimensional shapes onto the two dimensional surface based on proportions and the anatomical aspects of the human head. The principals of well established composition, value, use of negative space and foreshortening will also be explored. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.

★ 21 Non-credit course

This course is concerned with the compositional realization of the portrait. While painting from a model, you will become familiar with the art and historical approaches toward creating a successful portrait. Capturing likeness and expression will be emphasized. Become familiar with the bone and muscle structure of the human head as well as with the Western European technique of building flesh tones through layers. Completion of EXART 3010 is strongly recommended.

★ 7 Non-credit course

The topics in the course may change from term to term.

★ 21 Non-credit course

This course introduces the techniques of pen and ink and watercolour, using still-life motifs, models and landscape. Completion of EXART 3525 is strongly recommended.

★ 18.5 Non-credit course

This is the final course of the Visual Arts Certificate program when work is completed in preparation for a Final Exhibition in collaboration with your choosing.

★ 39 Non-credit course

Expand upon the conceptual, technical, and formal aspects of drawing acquired in previous courses and explore new possibilities, both practical and conceptual, pertaining to the visual language of drawing. Explore both traditional and non-traditional drawing techniques and media to further develop individual expression. Through a combination of instructor-driven and student-initiated assignments, explore new directions based on experimentation and perceptual cognition to broaden your understanding of drawing. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Gain practical experience as well as insight into past technical developments from a variety of historical periods. While painting from a model and still life, you will become familiar with the use of underlayers, glazing, scumbling, velatura, dead color, and grisaille. Emphasis will be placed upon studying the art works of the Old Masters with a special interest for their use of the transparent paint vs. opaque paint.

★ 21 Non-credit course

In the modern art movement, influential western artists, particularly the abstract expressionists, studied and integrated eastern philosophies and brush work into their artistic practices. Students will be introduced to the works of some of these artists and will have hands-on experience using basic art materials of Chinese brush, ink, and shuen (rice) paper in drawing and in painting.This course will explore brushwork techniques alongside connections to the mind, body, and spirit in the creative process.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Encaustic painting is an ancient technique commonly used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, in which coloured pigments were mixed with molten wax and painted on panels. In this course students will learn how to apply the encaustic technique to contemporary paintings. This medium consists of a mixture of beeswax and resin to which pigments are added to create paint. The waxes can be reworked or removed, added to or abraded. This technique will give the paintings either a great luminosity through the application of a number of transparent layers or a thick, matte texture. This technique will become a springboard in the students' self-exploration of abstract and/ or representational art. The creativity of this medium is unending.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Learn techniques to guide your personal interpretation of painting a portrait in watercolour. Completion of EXART 3005, 3525, or 3010 is strongly recommended

★ 21 Non-credit course

Learn to compose and interpret the figure in watercolour. Work from a model and apply various watercolour techniques. Completion of EXART 3007, 3525, or 3010 is strongly recommended

★ 21 Non-credit course

This course aims to expand spontaneity in your picture-making. Pursue drawing with mixed media such as charcoal, graphite, ink, watercolour and acrylics. Experiment with brush, pen and other drawing instruments. You will learn various strategies to work with mixed media and methods to effectively integrate them in your work. Expressive use of media to convey feelings will also be explored. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Participants will learn the basics of watercolour painting such as colour mixing, flat wash, graded wash, and wet-in-wet technique. Properties of individual watercolour pigments will be addressed. In addition to working with still life motif, students will be introduced to landscape painting, floral study and abstract work.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Working on location en plein air is an excellent way to carry skills out of the studio and into the day-to-day practice of making art. Work on location at various sites and work in different media to stretch your limits and make drawing more accessible. Develop sketchbook skills where any location and any time become the mantra of your art making. Pen and ink is a portable flexible media which may be drawn, painted, splattered, and pushed to the limit to acquire results while on location. Depending on the skill sets of the students, oil pastels will be used as a bridge between drawing and painting. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.

★ 21 Non-credit course

The sketchbook is perhaps the most all-encompassing tool established across the disciplines of art, craft, and design. By noting an event, an idea, or a diagram in a sketchbook, the artist saves that memory to work with when back in the studio. Students will discover a variety of ideas and methods of sketchbook practice, along with the practical application of methods and materials. This includes choosing suitable supports and mediums, and gathering and recording information. The course provides instruction, suggestions, and information on the use of a variety of different media and on the addition of photographs, found objects, and mixed media within sketchbooks.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Make the shift from representational to abstract painting. Gain an understanding of why and how artists create abstract works. Examine how changing technologies in the 19th and 20th centuries have influenced of abstract art. Experiment with other artists' processes and discuss how to use colour, line, and texture to create rhythm and mood in abstract work. Examine how social movements and changing philosophies have influenced abstract art.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Explore the innovations in abstraction that occurred in the second half of the 20th century to the present as we focus on abstract art produced by women and people of colour. Examine how social movements, changing philosophies, and advancements in technology have influenced abstract art. Gain a deeper understanding of how and why contemporary artists make abstract works. Experiment with other artists' processes and discuss how to effectively use colour, line, and texture to enhance rhythm and mood

★ 30 Non-credit course

Explore themes, develop research strategies, and gain personal direction in your art production. We'll explore content and meaning of various themes and through directed research, choose appropriate materials to convey a visual message. This course is ideal for gaining direction in thematic development in preparation for your portfolio review, project course, and solo exhibition.

★ 39 Non-credit course

Now that you have created works that you are proud of, prepare a portfolio and communication strategy that showcases your experience, individual style, and professional accomplishments. The effective presentation of your work is integral for your success as an artist. This course will explore different ways to demonstrate your work, whether galleries, potential clients or academic institutions. Topics include creating an artist statement, effective portfolio preparations, applying for grants and creating proposals. We'll explore the innovative ways contemporary professional artists get their work seen, notice and talked about. This course is for anyone wanting to continue in either professional practice or further education in the arts.

★ 39 Non-credit course

Invaluable in developing and communicating design ideas, experience architecture's creative aspects and decode architecture's visual language by learning how to think spatially. Learn to see spaces in new ways and sketch what you see with accuracy by applying the rules of perspective and the fundamental skills of proportion and scale, space and volume, and materials and textures. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike, immerse yourself in the world of architecture drawing - you'll never look at buildings the same way again!