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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing or have basic drawing skills.
Botanical Drawing at Allan Gardens

This eight-week course allows both the novice and non-beginner to practice drawing skills related to botanical subjects. Taken in advance or as a compliment to watercolour painting, this course provides opportunities for intimate and sustained examination of flowering plants a...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: SPRING NOTE: No class on May 20 for Victoria Day.
City Sketching

Field sketching is closely connected to the education of architects and designers. Through this medium, we can deconstruct complex facades, analyze assembly and proportional systems, express the attributes of a particular place, and translate observations onto paper. The class...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses

Drawing: An Experimental Approach

This drawing course addresses non-traditional techniques and provides uninterrupted time for creative exploration in mark-making using mixed media. Through intensive and sustained investigation, students will explore varying methods for image development and determine how acci...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing or have basic drawing skills.
Drawing as a Contemporary Practice

This course is designed to give students a better idea of a wide spectrum of the possibilities in contemporary drawing, and how it can inform their own work. Assignments will be geared toward expanding the student’s notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. ...


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

NOTES: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginning and/or Intermediate Drawing, Mixed Media.
Drawing Basics

This workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, including: contour, gesture, value, perspective, and composition. It is a step-by-step approach to studying line, form, tone, composition and content. The assignments evolve gradually from simple studies of ...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

Drawing with Ink

Investigate a centuries-old and graphically exciting medium. This workshop will focus on the use of India ink for drawing. India ink permits a huge range of possible textures and appearances, from ultra-crisp and graphically bold black and white images through to ultra-soft la...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

Experimental Drawing Concepts

This course is designed to introduce the experience of creatively exploring experimental materials, processes, methods, and ideas in contemporary drawing practice. Particular emphasis is given to drawing as discovery, experimentation and its expanding vocabulary, its gestures ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: No class August 6 for Civic Holiday. This is a 7-week course.
Intermediate Life Drawing

This course is designed to help students build confidence and sensitivity in their depictions of the human form. Beginning with some  review of the fundamentals of figure drawing, the course will move towards increasingly long poses. Students will be encouraged to work la...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken the Introduction to Life Drawing course or have equivalent and recent life drawing instruction. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Introduction to Drawing

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing. Emphasis will be placed on observational drawing, the development of perceptual skills and technical facility, as well as the exploration of drawing as an expressive medium and conceptual tool. Through in-clas...


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

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
8-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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.
Life Drawing 2: The Body, Clothing, and Costume

This 10-week course will focus on drapery and clothing on the human form. Beginning with a review of key principles of figure drawing (gesture, mass) with nude models, the course will look at the how fabric behaves on the human form. Key types of folds will be reviewed, and mo...


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

NOTES: While the majority of the course will be drawing people dressed, there will be some use of nude models as well.
Life Drawing: Long 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.

Poses will be 10 minutes to 1 hour in length. They will adapt to the wishes...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or equivalent.
Life Drawing: Structural Bodies

The focus of this three-day workshop is the representation of the human figure as a 3-dimensional form in space. Using basic principles of perspective, participants will analyze a variety of short and long poses with an eye to more accurately conveying volumes and relative pos...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

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:
12-week courses
3-day workshops
12-week courses
10-week courses
3-day workshops
10-week courses
12-week courses
3-day workshops

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, nude model will be used.
Structural Drawing

Examine the “building blocks” of the complex world around you. Intended for novice but committed or intermediate level students, this 8-week course is more analytical than expressive in its approach. The focus is on rendering a convincing depiction of three-dimensi...


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

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