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Art Diary: Journaling at the AGO

Take a moment to pause and reflect through journaling as an artmaking process. Tour the galleries with an AGO Artist Instructor, sketch in your journal and let the AGOs collection and architecture serve as inspiration for personal expression and creativity. Learn tips and techniques for incorporating artmaking into your daily life through the exploration of drawing, watercolour and collage. 

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. 


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Thursdays, - | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (5 weeks)


Week 1: Exploring Henry Moore Sculpture Centre. Drawing sculpture, drawing the figure, adding script.

Week 2: Exploring Room 222.  Create small sketches of hand held art from Indigenous and Oceanic cultures; we will use these as a basis for layered drawings utilizing a variety of textural techniques: offset, collage, stamping printing etc.

Week 3: Exploring the Group of 7. Create colour thumbnails and poetic responses. 

Week 4: Exploring Jónsi: Hrafntinna (Obsidian) and Alan Michelson. Responding to sound with mark-making and create an animated sequence in your journal through thumbnails. 

Week 5: Collage and Colour Wash. Finalizing Art Diary pages with additional wash and collage elements. 


Students are asked to bring the following supplies: 

  • a journal of your choosing approx 8 X 10 with pages that can accept a watercolour wash (i.e mixed media paper), coilbound or sewn

  • a set of soft (B) pencils

  • a kneadable eraser and a white vinyl eraser

  • a set of 24 watercolour pencils

  • a self–contained pencil sharpener

  • glue stick

  • Sakura micron pen

  • black or any black (pigment ink) marker, fine or medium nib

  • mechanical pencil with HB leads, and a 3B pencil.

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, or any other art supply or discount craft store.


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