Drawing class in the gallery

AGO Highlights: Drawing in the Galleries

Learn to draw in the company of masterworks and thought-provoking contemporary artists. Enjoy drawing exercises, observation and discussion about art and artists as you visit and explore a different area of the gallery each week. 

This course is suitable for both beginners and returning students.

Students are asked to bring their receipt (printed or digital) and gather in the Community Gallery located in the Weston Family Learning Centre for the start of the first class. Please check any oversized bags, portfolios and outerwear before the start of class.

Terms and Conditions of Participation 

Please review the Terms and Conditions prior to the start of class. 

Participants must be 18 or older. 

No class on October 8th.

 

Members Price
$275.00
Public Price
$315.00

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COURSE SECTIONS

Fridays, - | 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm (5 weeks)

Week 1: Mark Making as a Mediation.  Visit the Henry Moore sculpture garden. Learning about negative and positive space along with mark making strategies to recreate his unique marks made with carving tools. Homework: choose a shell, stone, bone or small found natural item and try to recreate the texture & negative space. 

 Week 2: Impressionists and Colour. Visit the European Impressionist Galleries. We will learn about muted colour palettes and how to achieve depth in a landscape. Homework: draw a view from your window, or the city skyline, with the time of day being key for the shadows and light quality in the sky (sunrise and sunset).  

 Week 3: Canadian Re-Collections. How do the Impressionists and the Canadian Group of Seven and peers differ? We will view Tom Thompson’s works along with Emily Carr, Lawren Harris and David Milne’s styles. Homework: draw a landscape from a photograph of a place that resonates with you (cottage, vacation pictures). Choose one of the artists studied and use their style to enhance this special place. 

 Week 4: Indigenous Imagination & Storytelling.  We will visit several areas in the gallery and look at the use of stone relief printmaking and stencil prints. The use of colour, texture and storytelling within a given print or sculpture is a marriage between reality and imagination.

Homework: choose an animal or daily task you perform, and draw it in such a way that there is a story in the illustration. 

 Week 5: Still life and the Contrived Composition. Looking at works in the gallery with the subject of still life objects, we will explore what it means to “compose a work” that keeps the viewer engaged.

 STUDENT MATERIAL LIST 

  •  7” x 9” coil–bound sketchbook (Canson Mixed Media recommended),  

  •  pencils - one each of HB, 2B 6B,

  •  a kneadable & a white vinyl eraser,

  •  a set of 12- 24 watercolour pencils - Aquarelle, Derwent, Reeves are all great brands 

  •  a self–contained pencil sharpener

  •  paint brush that holds water inside it - Koi or Derwent are great brands 

These are the recommended materials for this course. All sizes are approximate. On your first day of class, your instructor may recommend additional optional materials. Our Instructors will do their best to accommodate alternative materials whenever possible.

Some suggested retailers for purchasing your art materials:

Aboveground Art Supplies (discount code: AGOSTUDENT10), Curry’s Online Only, DeSerres, Gwartzman’s, Michaels, or any other art supply or discount craft store.

 

 

 

Sundays, - | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (5 weeks)

WEEKLY OUTLINE 

Week 1: Drawing Warm-Ups.  Discuss Kathe Kollwitz’s lithographs and etchings and explore blind continuous contour, silhouette, gesture, and figure drawing as well as human anatomy.  Mediums in use: conte, charcoal, and graphite.

Week 2: Light and Shadow. Discussion of light, shadow and 16th and 17th century portraits. 

Week 3: Colour and Visual Depth. Explore Early Renaissance painting and the Group of Seven. 

Week 4: Colour and Perception on Flat Surfaces. Explore the work of Claude Monet and David Milne. 

Week 5: Figure/ground. Explore figure/ground relationships and movement while drawing in The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre. 

STUDENT MATERIAL LIST 

Students are asked to bring the following supplies to each class:

  • an 11" x 14" coil–bound sketchbook
  • a set of soft pencils or one each of H, B, 3B, 6B
  • conte and charcoal in pencil format only
  • a kneadable eraser and a white vinyl eraser
  • a set of 24 watercolour pencils
  • a self–contained pencil sharpener. 

These are the recommended materials for this course. All sizes are approximate. On your first day of class, your instructor may recommend additional optional materials. Our Instructors will do their best to accommodate alternative materials whenever possible. 

Some suggested retailers for purchasing your art materials:

Aboveground Art Supplies (discount code: AGOSTUDENT10), Curry’s, DeSerres, Gwartzman’s, Michaels, https://www.articulations.ca or any other art supply or discount craft store.

 

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