• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Drawing

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. These seemingly distracting environments help to liberate the hands from the control of conscious thought and facilitate an unusual yet compelling approach to drawing.

Playful exercises that develop flow and looseness will complement our field sessions. In some sessions we will work over previous sketches in the studio. The course is vibrant and experimental. At the end of each session we look at our works in a relaxed, informal and supportive atmosphere.
“Immediate sketching” helps identifying new ideas and invites artists to integrate inner pictures from dreams and day-dreams into concepts for complex art-projects.

This unique course is a combination of in class sketching from life, cinema, exploration of incorporating multimedia elements and field work at Allen Gardens, Riverdale Farm, on the streetcar, and other iconic Toronto sites.  (weekly agenda will be discuss in class/subject to change based on weather and other factors).

"I coach rather than teach. I pay attention to students' individual artistic expressions and foster their artistic repertoire and development. But also, I discuss with the students the historical and contemporary context in which we are working."         

- Iris Haeussler

Spring 2020:

10 Weeks: Base Tuition: $422 + Model Fee: $15 = Total: $437

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.
* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • Understand the principle of journal sketching and apply this in everyday practice.
  • Loosen up your mind and your hand-grip for a relaxed sketching experience.
  • Free your mind from comparing your work with masterpieces we all have in our collective cultural memory, do so in order to cultivate a playful approach to sketching.
  • Draw on experience gained in active participation in all course activities as well as group and one-on-one discussions.
  • Draw on experience gained in exercises that include unconventional sketching practices like drawing in public spaces.
  • Draw on experience gained by combining sketching and handwriting. This practice supports the idea of visual diaries, of illustration-works and conceptual drawings.

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases incase you need to return any materials.

  • Sketchbooks in various sizes, from about 5x7" to 9x12"
  • Sketch pads (newsprint or other)
  • Pencils and conte pencils
  • Ink-pens/flet pens- your choice
  • Bulldog clips
  • Crayons
  • Inks and basic watercolours (in tray)
  • Brushes
  • Other drawing materials of your choice
  • Glue stick
  • tripod stool (optional, as per your comfort)