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, life drawing working from the model, and experimental mark-making and material use.

ONLINE: Art & Life During COVID

This ONLINE 6 week course is experimental. Its nature is not instructional, but rather inspired by our individual approaches. We will look into our artmaking during pandemic times: what does it mean to us, what is it giving...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Iris Häussler is known internationally for her unsettling, immersive narrative installations that she creates for her fictitious characters and sets in place in collaboration with museums, art institutions and galleries. Her wax-works and her ongoing practice of sketching define her more intimate studio practice. Iris Häussler studied at the Academy of fine Arts in Munich, Germany, and has lived and worked in Toronto since 2001. The artist has received awards and grants including the Karl-Hofer Prize (Berlin), the Kunstfonds Fellowship (Bonn), the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.  She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.
ONLINE: Botanical Drawing & Mixed Media

This 6 week ONLINE course is designed for students who want to learn how to draw botanicals and explore the possibilities of drawing and collaging with a variety of wet and dry media including ink, water colour, pencils and pencil crayons. We will be working with leaves, flowe...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Tina Oehmsen-Clark has been working as an artist and art educator since the early 80s and 90s, respectively. She has been teaching Youth Studio, Portfolio Development, Drawing and Sculpture/Media Explorations at the Toronto School of Art since 2005. Tina also is an art catalyst in a special program at Avondale Secondary Alternative School. Oehmsen-Clark’s work is an exploration of sound and music and visual art, including audio, drawing, sculpture, performance and sound installation. Her work has been shown and awarded in Germany, Denmark and Canada and most recently been exhibited at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, IndexG and Robert Kananaj Gallery.
ONLINE: Classical Portrait Drawing

This ONLINE course will introduce students to classical techniques of portrait drawing through the fundamentals of observational drawing and an understanding of anatomy. Using photo references and sketchpads as the main media, students will learn how...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
5-week courses
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 Basics

This  ONLINE beginner's course will help students to get started drawing realistic and three-dimensional forms. Through online demos, slide shows and images, students will learn observational drawing techniques combined with tradit...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
4 Weeks
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 Life Drawing

This ONLINE course emphasizes basic life drawing skills in gesture, contour, and value (light and shadow). It is designed to teach students the key skills necessary to render the figure in three dimensions. Instruction in body structure and proportion is inclu...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-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: Anatomy & Figure Drawing

In Figure Drawing, an understanding of anatomy can help to create more subtlety of description and a better sense of articulation: the parts tying together into a cohesive and dynamic whole. 

This ONLINE 4 Day Intensive Workshop is str...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
4 Day Workshop

NOTES: Thomas Hendry, a Toronto-based artist, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. Hendry believes that learning art should be a positive discovery process. He practices this teaching philosophy beyond the Toronto School of Art at Sheridan College, The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, OCAD Outreach Program and the Toronto District School Board. 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.
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
8-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: Structural Bodies

Figure Drawing with a healthy dash of Perspective.

The focus of this three-day workshop is the representation of the human figure as a 3-dimensional form in space, something that can really assist with conveying foreshortened forms. Some of the ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

NOTES: Thomas Hendry, a Toronto-based artist, has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. Hendry believes that learning art should be a positive discovery process. He practices this teaching philosophy beyond the Toronto School of Art at Sheridan College, The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, OCAD Outreach Program and the Toronto District School Board. 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.
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 perspective conce...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Lindsey Rosenow is a Toronto-based Artist who has been teaching in Toronto for the last 6 years.  She has taught film making, stop motion and classical animation, script writing, camera editing and video game design at the Toronto International Film Festival. And at the Animation Portfolio Workshop, topics included Gesture Drawing, Structure Drawing, Anatomy, Character Design, Perspective, Layout Design, Composition, Animation for beginners, and Storyboarding. Currently, Lindsey is working freelance with a focus on design jobs for animation as a layout artist and prop designer. Lindsey is a big believer in progressive learning - she values transferable skills over singular assignments, making sure that all lessons work cohesively with one another.
ONLINE Perspective Drawing (Intermediate)

This ONLINE course is an excellent companion and/or follow-up to a basic perspective course. It's focus is 1, 2, and 3-point perspective – centered around lessons that will help you to draw anything from graphic novels, fine art sketch...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Roberta McNaughton has degrees from both the Ontario College of Art and Guelph University. She received her Master's of Fine Art in the Interdisciplinary Arts, Media, and Design program at OCAD University in 2015. ​Her work has been exhibited in both public and commercial galleries in Toronto, throughout Ontario and abroad. McNaughton's paintings are in many private and corporate collections. They are also in the collection of the National Archives in Ottawa. She has received several Ontario Arts Council grants including a mid-career grant in 2013.
ONLINE: Portrait Drawing

This 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 particulars of...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
8-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: Structural Drawing: Dimension & Proportion

This ONLINE course is appropriate for anyone looking to make drawings that feel more three dimensional. In this course, students will learn how to confidently draw the five major forms and how to recognize them in every-day objects. Students wil...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Instructor Lindsey Rosenow is a Toronto-based Artist who has been teaching in Toronto for the last 6 years.  She has taught film making, stop motion and classical animation, script writing, camera editing and video game design at the Toronto International Film Festival. And at the Animation Portfolio Workshop, topics included Gesture Drawing, Structure Drawing, Anatomy, Character Design, Perspective, Layout Design, Composition, Animation for beginners, and Storyboarding. Currently, Lindsey is working freelance with a focus on design jobs for animation as a layout artist and prop designer.
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