Art Enables: Denyse Thomasos

Denyse Thomasos. Excavations: Courtyards in Surveillance

Denyse Thomasos. Excavations: Courtyards in Surveillance, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 106.68 x 152.4 cm. From the collection of Bob Harding. © The Estate of Denyse Thomasos and Olga Korper Gallery, Photo: Michael Cullen.

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Art Enables: Denyse Thomasos

Tuesday, November 1, 11 AM
Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

This workshop series supports participants who identify as having intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join us onsite for an interactive art-making workshop that supports the artistic talents of artists with a variety of abilities. In this session, we will take a look at artworks from the AGO collection and have fun drawing together!

This in-person session starts with by visiting the special exhibition of Denyse Thomasos’s extraordinary work, called just beyond. Then, we’ll head to the studio to engage in a chalk pastel drawing exercise talking about how layers—abstract or not—add depth and atmosphere and create a kind of architectural framework. 

Drawing exercise: with inspiration from the show we have just seen, we’ll start with a simple geometric shape and add lines. How do we make a drawing on paper that suggests a box or cube in space?  We’ll continue to overlap shapes and forms and lines to see for ourselves how Thomasos developed her intricate cityscapes and architectural atmospheres. With chalk pastels and coloured tape, we will add our drawings together to build our own imaginary map.

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