Summer in the City

Drawing activity suitable for all ages.


Denyse Thomasos, Metropolis, 2007. Acrylic, charcoal, marker on canvas. Courtesy the Denise Thomasos Estate and Olga Korper Gallery. 2007/241.

Denyse Thomasos. Metropolis, 2007. Acrylic, charcoal, porous-point marker on canvas, unframed: 214 x 335.6 x 3.5 cm. Purchased with the assistance of the Toronto International Art Fair 2007 Opening Night Preview, and with the Financial Support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, 2008. Courtesy of the Denyse Thomasos Estate and Olga Korper Gallery. 2007/241


Seeing Art in the City

Born in Trinidad in 1964, Denyse Thomasos immigrated to Canada in 1970 and grew up in Toronto. Inspired by her extensive travels, Thomasos paintings are composed of abstract lines, shapes and forms. In Metropolis, she combines architectural and figurative elements woven into a dense overlay of yellows, oranges, browns and reds. Thomasos said that Metropolis “symbolically represents my generation’s coming-of-age. We witness great cities and powerful nations all connected, interdependent and intertwined, yet their common destiny tenuous and uncertain.”

Design (or colour) your own urban city using strong shapes, forms and lines!

What colours will you use to make these shapes pop out? Will you use earthy tones, like browns and yellows, like Thomasos did? How about cool tones, like blues and purples?

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