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.

Botanical Drawing at Allan Gardens

This 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 as well...


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

NOTES: No Class on May 18, 2020 (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
8-week courses

NOTES: This is a field sketching course, exploring Toronto architecture. Class 1 and class 4 will be held at the TSA.
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
10-week courses

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

This course is a continuation of the Winter 2020 Term of Experimental Drawing and welcomes current and new students to further explore the possibilities of drawing. This drawing course addresses a combination of traditional and non-traditional techniques with various...


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

Intermediate Life Drawing

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


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 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

NOTES: No experience necessary. An element of this course includes 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
10-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
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Spring Term 2020: NO CLASS ON MAY 18 (Victoria Day)
Life Drawing 2: Light, Shadow and Expression

Ranging from dramatic to subtle, the interplay of light and shadow is a key expressive element in drawing. In this 6-week course, we will focus on the role value in communicating mood and information within drawings.of the human form  Making use of long and short poses, w...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

Life Drawing 2: The Body, Clothing, and Costume

This ten-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 how fabric behaves on the human form. Key types of folds will be reviewed, and model...


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: Short 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 designed to...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or equivalent.
Sketching in a Blink

This course opens up the world of journal sketching and drawing. Students will sketch shifting subjects in busy environments – e.g. the fleeting images of a movie, moving objects like animals, cars and people in public spaces, or in a moving streetcar or while walking. T...


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.
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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