The Adult Program

There is no better time than now to pursue your dream of practicing art full time! The Adult Art Program at the Central Tech Art Centre is the only publicly funded program of its kind in the Toronto area. Our philosophy of art education is reminiscent of Germany’s legendary Bauhaus, where aspiring artists developed skills across all media, learning to produce various kinds of art concurrently rather than favouring one medium over another. This style of learning helps to develop a well rounded skill set and maximizes your creative growth. All of our instructors have a minimum of a BFA in their area of instruction and/or significant industry experience. All courses are supplemented with visiting artists to enhance the curriculum and create connections to the art world.


The program runs for the duration of the school year, from September to June, exclusive of TDSB holidays. (see for a full list of holidays). For the 2019/2020 school year, the program will operate on a full-year (two semesters), half-day schedule with classes scheduled in the mornings from 8:45-11:25 or afternoons 12:40-3:15. CTS is a semestered school. Within this format you will take 4 classes within your package. Each of these classes will offer periodic “open studio” time to make up for disruptions and during times when students need extra work-time to finish assignments. It is non-instructional extra time intended as time to complete class assignments.  


Registration is ongoing between November and February 1 and is first-come, first-served. We recommend registering prior to February in order to enrol in your package of choice. We will accept late registrations space permitting. Packages are subject to changes due to enrolment and  staffing. For a full list of registration policies and refund information, please email directly, please do not send an email to this blog. 

There are three packages from which to choose.

Pack 1: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking.

Pack 2: Printmaking, Ceramics, Photography, Painting

Pack 3: Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture

Course Descriptions

Sculpture– Even if you think your passion lies in painting, there is no better way to study the human form than to study it from all angles. In this class you will practice additive and reductive methods of observational sculpture, primarily working from the human form. Students will work in a variety of media including the use of the lost wax method to create sculptures in bronze.


Drawing– It is said that one must learn to draw before she can paint. For this reason, students spend an entire semester learning fundamental drawing skills such as tone and value; form; linear perspective; anatomical proportion; and sight/size rendering.

Painting– Working in water soluble oil and/or watercolour, this class begins with some colour theory and progresses to a comprehensive study of painting styles and techniques; and the development of a solid understanding of materials and their purpose. Students will practice portraiture and still- lives to prepare for more creative self-directed works.


Printmaking– A whirlwind tour of one a highly technical and varied art medium. Students are introduced to classical conventions and taught a variety of print methods including copper etching, lino/wood/relief printing, lithography (plate or stone), monoprint, collage/collagraph, silkscreen. Focus may shift depending on skill level and interest of students.


Ceramics– Learn a variety of construction techniques including hand-building and wheel-throwing as well as varied surface strategies such as use of glazes, underglazes, inlay, water etching, printmaking on ceramics and more.


The materials fee for the 2019/2020 is still to be released. It covers most of your supplies, though some small supplementary items will be required. A $200 deposit will be required to register/reserve a spot in a program. Final payment is accepted starting in late August and is due prior to your first day of class. Please note: no fees will be refunded after the last Friday in September, a full refund policy will be provided during time of registration prior to submission of deposit.