Drawing Courses

Our curriculum can accommodate students from every skill level, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a more advanced student. Students will strengthen their ability to perceive and translate the visual world into their own artistic expression. Technical skills are strengthened through methods such as direct observation, perspective drawing, working from the model, and experimental mark-making and material use.

Anatomy and Figure Drawing

This course is structured for students with previous life-drawing experience who want to gain a deeper understanding of body structure as it pertains to figure drawing. The course incorporates elements of anatomy, kinesiology, and drawing practice in order to enhance understan...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives
12-week courses
1-week Intensives
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing or have basic drawing skills.
City Sketching: Studying Architectural Ornaments

Sketches of the built environment are analytical drawings that generally convey an overall image. We do these drawings to gain a greater understanding of the nature of the man-made and natural landscape. To capture and convey the essence of a place, such drawings must be execu...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: NO CLASS October 15
Drawing as a Contemporary Practice

This course is designed to give students a better idea of a wide spectrum of the possibilities of contemporary drawing. What are artists doing with drawing today? Projects are geared towards expanding students’ notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. Tradi...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
9-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginner and/or Intermediate Drawing, Mixed Media.
Drawing at the Starting Line

This beginner’s course helps you to use drawing as a part of your everyday life, quietly in a sketchbook, engaging with the world, filling walls with your spirit. Develop a language to draw from life, memory, imagination and storytelling. All the shortcuts, tips and tric...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Winter Term 2020- No class Feb 26, 2020- last class will be April 1, 2020
Drawing: Hands, Feet, Faces

This course is designed for students who wish to continue their development of figure drawing techniques by practicing anatomy for artists. Drawing from the model, students will focus on heads, hands and feet and examine the bones, muscles and tendons. Classes are structured a...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

Drawing on Mylar

In drawing and painting circles, Mylar has become an ever-popular support.  Sometimes described as Polyester film, it is used by artists for its archival quality and impermeable surface.  These two factors plus its durability make it an ideal support for drawing base...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing or Painting course or have basic drawing skills. Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving)
Experimental Drawing

This drawing course addresses a combination of traditional and non-traditional techniques with various media and ground preparation exploring mark making, texture, line, colour and composition on different supports, creating abstract and representational work.  Throu...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses
6-week courses
10-week courses

Intermediate Drawing

This course is designed to further develop the student’s observational drawing skill set. Through in-class projects students will work towards making a transition from the observational approaches of figure drawing and still life to working from both photo sources and th...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving) Winter 2020 Term: No Class FAMILY DAY- Feb 17, 2020
Introduction to Drawing

If you've been wanting to try drawing and haven't been sure where to start, this is a great way to learn the fundamentals. Through in-class exercises and demonstrations, students will explore observational drawing, learning how to see, how to translate light and shade,...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: No experience necessary. This course also covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Introduction to Life Drawing

This course emphasizes basic drawing skills in gesture, contour, and tone. It is designed to teach students the skills necessary to render the figure in three dimensions, in both wet and dry media. Instruction in surface anatomy and proportion is included. Class sessions will ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course or equivalent. A nude model will be used in this course.
Introduction to Portrait Drawing

This course provides students with a foundation of drawing skills, initially using black and white drawing media and later some colour media, such as soft pastels. During the first part of the course, learning the "landscape" of the human head and face is the fo...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.
Life Drawing 2: Concepts and Content

Say more through your figurative drawing. The human form has always been a compelling subject in art history, across eras and cultures. As well as being a fascinating form in its own right, the body has rich symbolic potential. In this 6 week course you will put your existing ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Note: This is not a beginner-level class. Confidence in basic life drawing skills is strongly recommended for this course. (i.e. recent experience in a prior term of Life Drawing 2 or at least two recent terms of Life Drawing 1)
Life Drawing 2: Drawing Better Bodies

Push your drawing up a notch or two!  This six-week course has its focus on refining and building the technical aspects of drawing the human form.  Using a combination of short and longer poses working from life models, we will work on further developing the skills n...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken the Introduction to Life Drawing course or have equivalent and recent life drawing instruction.
Life Drawing: Fast Poses

This course covers the essentials of life drawing in a dynamic format of expressive poses. It is ideal for beginners wanting to establish good technique in proportion, structure and movement and for the aspiring animator.

Poses are up to 20 minutes long. It is d...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or equivalent. Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving)
Life Drawing: The Figure in Context

This course contextualizes the use of the figure in art. The relationship of the figure to the surrounding space will be explored as a means to develop and expand on visual language skills. The model will engage with constructed and local environments to create compositional a...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is strongly recommended that students have prior experience with life drawing.
NEW Life Drawing 2: Figure in Colour

Broaden your drawing expression through colour. Working with coloured drawing media opens up worlds of exploration. It can also be a very valuable companion to painting, as a rapid and spontaneous way to explore colour possibilities. In this six-week course, you will be workin...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: This course makes an excellent complement to Figure Drawing 2: Drawing Better Bodies. It is intended for any students with prior life drawing experience. It is recommended that students have taken the Introduction to Life Drawing course or have equivalent and recent life drawing instruction.
NEW Sketching in a Blink

This course expands the excercise of journal sketching and drawing into an arts practice. Students will sketch shifting subjects in busy environments – the fleeting images of a movie, moving objects like animals, cars and people in public spaces, in the dark of the cinem...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Field trips will form a large part of this course; students will be responsible for their own transportation and some associated costs.  The course content may change depending on the weather conditions, faculty and class decisions. You will be notified of any changes.
Perspective Drawing

Through in-class lecture, exercises and projects, both with rulers and free hand drawing, this course will examine the principals of one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective, as well as the most common perspective problems encountered by artists and the...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
3-day workshops
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing or have basic drawing skills. This course will also reference perspective and the human form, a nude model will be used.
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