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.

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
6-week courses

NOTES: Julie Ourceau combines her background as both an architect and artist, she is passionate about passing on hand drawing skills through architectural sketching classes locally. She is concerned by the local historical architecture and urban conditions, and is currently working on a mapping project, Rivers + Time + Cities, which investigates the architectural relationships to the natural landscapes. Her teaching experience includes: Architecture Department at Ryerson University, Toronto ON | Architecture Studios, the Architecture Department Laval University, Québec QC | Architecture Studios, and Luc Sculpture Studio, Toronto ON | Sketching Architecture Workshops.
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. Through intensiv...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses
6-week courses
10-week courses
5-week courses
8-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.
Explorations in Figure Studies

This course is intended for students wishing to develop their figure drawing beyond simple representation. Using a variety of media, students will learn to take chances and create lively and thought-provoking works. Consideration will also be given to different ways of reactin...


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

NOTES: Gillian Iles' practice consists of painting, sculpture and video/projection. She has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago, Miami, Montreal and Toronto in public institutions, university galleries, artist-run centres and commercial galleries. Her work has been highlighted in Canadian Art, Mix Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She is featured in the book Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting. Gillian was a founding member of two artist-run galleries in Toronto - Propeller and Loop, and is currently a member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. Her environmental scale installations include combinations of paintings, sculptures, constructions video and projection, creating installations incorporating both real and illusionary space, transforming exhibition spaces into a composite of alternate realities. The composite imagery presents an array of contradictions as a sensory collage of fleeting instants that shape greater social identity & individual perception. Gillian teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College and the Toronto School of Art in Canada.
Introduction to Drawing

This course is a great 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
8-week courses

NOTES: Spring 2021: 538: Donnely Smallwood is the instructor for the Tuesday morning session 901: Tina Oehmsen-Clark is the instructor for the Wednesday afternoon session
ONLINE: Classical Portrait Drawing

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


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
5-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 stud...


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

This  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 course will help you learn how to draw realistic and three-dimensional forms. Through ...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
5-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

This ONLINE course 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 Started. 

Through demos, slide shows, images and practice, s...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
5-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: Figure Drawing: Fast Poses

This ONLINE course for beginners and more experienced artists will offer easy to follow strategies for capturing movement, proportion and structure in a convincing manner in poses 15 minutes or less. Developing your skills in this ar...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Megan Williams has taught at the Toronto School of Art for over 20 years, offering courses in figurative drawing and painting, practical history of technique and the development of a personal creative voice. Administratively, she has served as Co-director of the School, in program development and in fundraising. Williams has also has taught at OCAD and currently teaches at Sheridan College in the School of Animation Arts and Design. Williams is a recipient of two Greenshields grants (1981–82/1983–84) to study in Europe and is also a published author of a francophone collection of Canadian rhymes and songs from families from coast to coast, gathered during travels from Northern B.C. to the East Coast. Megan grew up as a bilingual Montrealer. She has also worked as a cartographer for the Near Eastern Studies Department of the U. of T., on site in the Nile Delta, Egypt, from 1981 to 1985. 1982 Joint Program in Measured Drawing for Archeology, Rhode Island School of Design/Cornell University, Rome, Italy 1982 Surveying/Cartography, Ryerson, Toronto 1981–1982 Figurative Studies/Printmaking, St. Martin’s School of Art, London, U.K. (Part-time) 1980 Associate of Ontario College of Art (AOCA), Ontario College of Art
ONLINE: Figure Drawing: Heads, Hands & Feet

This ONLINE course for beginners and more experienced artists will do a deep dive into these 3 parts of the figure that express so much of who we are. Upgrading your skills in this area will give you a big boost of confidence when dr...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Megan Williams has taught at the Toronto School of Art for over 20 years, offering courses in figurative drawing and painting, practical history of technique and the development of a personal creative voice. Administratively, she has served as Co-director of the School, in program development and in fundraising. Williams has also has taught at OCAD and currently teaches at Sheridan College in the School of Animation Arts and Design. Williams is a recipient of two Greenshields grants (1981–82/1983–84) to study in Europe and is also a published author of a francophone collection of Canadian rhymes and songs from families from coast to coast, gathered during travels from Northern B.C. to the East Coast; she grew up as a bilingual Montrealer. She has also worked as a cartographer for the Near Eastern Studies Department of the U. of T., on site in the Nile Delta, Egypt, from 1981 to 1985. 1982 Joint Program in Measured Drawing for Archeology, Rhode Island School of Design/Cornell University, Rome, Italy 1982 Surveying/Cartography, Ryerson, Toronto 1981–1982 Figurative Studies/Printmaking, St. Martin’s School of Art, London, U.K. (Part-time) 1980 Associate of Ontario College of Art (AOCA), Ontario College of Art
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 proc...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
6-week courses
5-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: Clothing and Costumes

This ONLINE course will focus on drapery and clothing on the human form. Working with models on Zoom, supplemented by instructor demos and brief lectures, this course will begin with a review of key principles of figure drawing (gesture, mass). The course will...


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 2: Drawing Better Bodies

This 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 the mai...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
8-week courses
5-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: Figure in Colour

Broaden your life 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 thi...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
5-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 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 and sharpen your skills.

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LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
4 Weeks
6-week courses
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: Volumes, Shapes and Shading

This ONLINE class is an introductory level class in life drawing. it's also a great follow-up to 008 ONLINE: Life Drawing Basics Gesture and Line.

Give your drawings more impact and dimensionality and focus on the volumes of the human f...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
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: Figure in Context

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 10 week ONLINE life drawing course. This cours...


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

This ONLINE 6 week course is experimental, its nature is not instructional, but rather inspired by our individual approaches. We will use “Immediate sketching”, which helps to identify new ideas and invites the integration of inner pictures from dr...


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: The Self Portrait: A Personal Landscape

This process based ONLINE drawing course explores the personal narrative in art.

The self, as subject matter, will be investigated by way of varied vantage points. The series of projects begin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
9-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.
Perspective Drawing for Beginners
Through in-class lectures, exercises and projects (both with rulers and free hand drawing), this course will examine the principles of one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective along with the most common perspective problems encountered by ...
LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Lindsey 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.
Structural Drawing: Dimension and Proportion
This course is appropriate for students looking to make their drawings and paintings look and feel more three dimensional. Students will learn how to confidently draw the five major forms and how to recognize those forms in every-day objects. ...
LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Lindsey 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.
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