Welcome to the VAC School of Art!

Our School of Art is the largest bilingual independent non-profit art school in Canada and has been involved in the teaching of art for over 70 years. We receive almost 4000 registrations per year, from students of all ages and walks of life. Bilingual classes are available at all levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) on weekdays and weekends, all year round! Each season, there is a variety of new courses, workshops, intensives, and lectures, along with our core courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, jewellery, and ceramics. If you’re a new student and want help designing your curriculum, don’t hesitate to call our Registrar or drop by and see us. We’d be pleased to assist you.

Click here to download our Fall/Winter 2018-19 brochure.

Registration for Fall courses begins August 1st.

Our Philosophy and Curriculum:

Our philosophy of teaching balances the development of technical skill with the encouragement of personal creativity. Admission to introductory courses is based on the interests of the student; no formal education is required.  Small classes of 15 students or less allow for much individual attention. Our curriculum of approximately 325 courses annually includes most major disciplines in the visual arts, from introductory to advanced levels. Workshops by visiting artists and our own faculty enhance the programme throughout the year. As well, our McClure Gallery shares the school’s educational mandate, offering regular lectures, artists’ talks and conferences on ideas and issues of interest to the arts community.

Our community:

As a cultural space, the Centre is renowned for its vibrant sense of community and engagement amongst students, artists, teachers and staff. We offer you a warm, encouraging and welcoming environment in which to develop and explore your personal creativity and pursue your artistic passions.

Suggested Course of Study and VAC Attestation:

Many students come to the Centre with a clear and focused desire to learn a particular discipline such as watercolour, ceramics or jewellery. Others seek a more broad-based academic training in the fundamentals of art. Should you be interested in a suggested course of study, we propose the following core disciplines plus electives. Following the completion of 10 of the courses listed below, students receive a VAC Attestation in Art Fundamentals.

Core Courses: eight

Drawing: two introductory courses & one intermediate level
Life Drawing: one course
Painting: two introductory courses & two intermediate level   (in any medium)

Elective Courses: two

Printmaking, Digital Photography.
Portrait, Ceramics, Jewellery, Collage
Pastel, Mixed Media

Portfolio Development and Mentorship:

For adults interested in developing a portfolio for advanced studies, creating a body of work for exhibition, or exploring new directions in their art practice, see the Independent Studies section and for teens, see the Teen section.

Open Studios at the VAC  (for registered students only)

Fine Arts Students: Fridays, 9 am to 4 pm. Please contact the office (514-488-9558) for specific information as designated studios change each semester. (No teacher)

Ceramics Students: Open Studio is available every day of the week; see the Ceramics section for the schedule.

Registration Dates

Fall: August 1;
Winter: November 1;
Summer (children and teens) : Feb. 15;
Spring/Summer : March 1


Monday, October 8, 2018: Thanksgiving
Make-up classes will be scheduled at the end of the session.