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.

Experimental Drawing

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


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

NOTES: PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID 19, special policies and regulations will apply. Students must be in agreement with these health and safety regulations and TSA's policies in order to enrol.
Introduction to Drawing

This course is the best way to begin your artistic journey! Through in-class exercises and demonstrations, students will explore observational drawing, learning how to see, how to translate light and shade, positive and negative space, capture gestures using line, volume,...


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
10-week courses
5-week courses
10-week courses
5-week courses
8-week courses
5-week courses

NOTES: PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID 19, special policies and regulations will apply. Students must be in agreement with these health and safety regulations and TSA's policies in order to enrol.
Life Drawing Basics: Gesture and Line - HYBRID

This  class is a ground-level beginner’s introduction to life drawing. For students with some drawing experience, with its emphasis on gesture and action, it is also an opportunity to refresh your skills.

Each class wil...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: PLEASE NOTE: For FALL 2020, due to COVID 19, special policies and regulations will apply to all IN-PERSON courses at TSA. Students must be in agreement with these health and safety regulations and TSA policies in order to enrol.
Life Drawing Basics: Volume, Shape and Shading - HYBRID
ONLINE: Classical Portrait Drawing

This six week ONLINE Classical Portrait Drawing course is designed as a stand alone course or can be followed with 018 Classical Portrait Painting.  Students will be introduced to classical techniques of portrait drawing through the fundamentals...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since summer 2018. Previously, she taught the Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity; social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada.
ONLINE: Drawing as a Contemporary Practice

This 8 week ONLINE course is designed to give students a better idea of the wide spectrum of the possibilities of contemporary drawing. What are artists doing with drawing today? Projects are geared towards expanding students’ notions of drawin...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Kyla Brown is a Toronto based artist, educator and writer. She works in a project driven practice that includes community based works, subtle public interventions, drawing-installation and video works. Exploring mapping as a material practice, Brown’s work focuses on navigating city space, particularly in Toronto and London, Ontario. She has shown at the Khyber Centre for the Arts and the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Art Mur in Montreal, XEXE Gallery and Hang Man Gallery in Toronto, as well as DNA Artspace, ArtLab Gallery, and with McIntosh Gallery's community residency in London, ON. She earned her BFA from NSCAD University, and MFA from the University of Western Ontario.
ONLINE: Drawing Basics: Getting Started

005 Drawing Basics: Getting Started (5 weeks)

This  five-week ONLINE course is designed to help you get started drawing from real life. If you've never drawn before and would like to learn the basics, this cours...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since the Summer term of 2018. Previously, she taught Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity, social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in both Iran and Canada.
ONLINE: Drawing Basics: Next Steps

Drawing Basics: Next Steps (6 weeks) is the ONLINE follow up to 015 Drawing Basics: Getting Started. 

It can be taken as a stand alone course for students with a basic drawing background and/or as a follow-up to 015 Drawing Basics: Getting ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since the Summer term of 2018. Previously, she taught Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity, social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in both Iran and Canada.
ONLINE: Introduction to Drawing

A perfect introductory ONLINE course for students wishing to learn how to draw. 

Drawing is a tool for looking. Through deep observation of the subject, students develop their ability to process the information that they see. Using a variety of ...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Martha Eleen, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art since 2004. Her own works explore the relationship between culture and landscape. Eleen’s paintings are represented in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the US, Mexico and Japan. Her work has received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publications. She is currently represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
ONLINE: Life Drawing 2: Drawing Better Bodies

This 6-week ONLINE course will focus on improving students ability to draw the forms and action of the human figure. Working with models on Zoom, supplemented by instructor demos and brief lectures, students will use a variety of drawing exercises to describe ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Thomas Hendry is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. His drawings, shown in numerous exhibitions, use the means of traditional art to create contemporary images, images that address the beauty, mystery and complexity embodied in the human form. In addition to teaching at TSA, Thomas is an instructor at Sheridan College and has taught at The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, OCAD Outreach Program and the Toronto District School Board.
ONLINE: Life Drawing 2: The Body and Art History

Stretch your figure drawing practice and deepen your connection with the history of figurative art in this ONLINE life drawing course. 

Representing human forms has been a continuing element of western artistic process. Through the centuries, ar...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
5-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Thomas Hendry, is a Toronto-based artist and has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. His drawings, shown in numerous exhibitions, use the means of traditional art to create contemporary images, images that address the beauty, mystery and complexity embodied in the human form. In addition to teaching at TSA, Thomas is an instructor at Sheridan College and has taught at The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, through the TDSB and OCAD Outreach Program.
ONLINE: Life Drawing Basics: Gesture and Line

This ONLINE class is a ground-level beginner’s introduction to life drawing. For students with some drawing experience, with  its emphasis on gesture and action, it is also an opportunity to refresh your skills.

We w...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
4 Weeks
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Thomas Hendry, is a Toronto-based artist and has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. His drawings, shown in numerous exhibitions, use the means of traditional art to create contemporary images, images that address the beauty, mystery and complexity embodied in the human form. In addition to teaching at TSA, Thomas is an instructor at Sheridan College and has taught at The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, through the TDSB and OCAD Outreach Program.
ONLINE: Life Drawing Basics: Volumes, Shapes and Shading

This ONLINE class is an introductory level class in life drawing. A great follow-up to 008 ONLINE: Life Drawing Basics 

We will work with models online via Zoom. 

Give your drawings more impact and dimensionality This 6-week online cours...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Thomas Hendry, is a Toronto-based artist and has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. His drawings, shown in numerous exhibitions, use the means of traditional art to create contemporary images, images that address the beauty, mystery and complexity embodied in the human form. In addition to teaching at TSA, Thomas is an instructor at Sheridan College and has taught at The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, through the TDSB and OCAD Outreach Program.
ONLINE: Life Drawing: Figure in Context Part 1

Beauty, Identity, Power, Spirit and Belief, Sex and Gender, Emotion Embodied, The Body’s Limits, Bodies and Space, The Abject Body, The Absent Body.... all will be explored in this ONLINE Life Drawing 

LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Martha Eleen, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art since 2004. Her own works explore the relationship between culture and landscape. Eleen’s paintings are represented in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the US, Mexico and Japan. Her work has received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publications. She is currently represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
ONLINE: LIfe Drawing: Figure in Context Part 2

ONLINE: Life Drawing: Figure in Context PART 2

Beauty, Identity, Power, Spirit and Belief, Sex and Gender, Emotion Embodied, The Body’s Limits, Bodies and Space, The Abject Body, The Absent Body.... all will be exp...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Martha Eleen, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art since 2004. Her own works explore the relationship between culture and landscape. Eleen’s paintings are represented in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the US, Mexico and Japan. Her work has received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publications. She is currently represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
ONLINE: Perspective Drawing for Beginners

Perspective for Beginners is an ONLINE introductory course to the fundamental perspective concepts and systems. This is a course appropriate for students with little to no experience with perspective drawing or students who need a refresher on basic perspectiv...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
6-week courses

ONLINE: Portrait Drawing

This six-week ONLINE course will introduce beginner and intermediate level students to the basics of drawing portraits from observation. Working with a variety of models, we will investigate the 'landscape' of the human head: the layout of faces and the parti...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Thomas Hendry, is a Toronto-based artist and has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. His drawings, shown in numerous exhibitions, use the means of traditional art to create contemporary images, images that address the beauty, mystery and complexity embodied in the human form. In addition to teaching at TSA, Thomas is an instructor at Sheridan College and has taught at The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, through the TDSB and OCAD Outreach Program.
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