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Drawing from the Vaults

Did you know that there are more than 100,000 artworks in the AGO Collection? Now’s your chance to get a closer look! In this course you’ll study works of art in the AGO Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre, selected by AGO Curators and your Artist Instructor. Learn to emulate specific drawing techniques by the masters while being inspired by rarely exhibited works of art.

To get the most from this course, we suggest you take Introduction to Drawing first.

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. 


Each week we will examine artworks in the Print and Drawing Study Centre and work on various drawing techniques with the master images as our subjects.

Week 1: Highlights. Viewing works that represent the collection. 

Week 2: Landscapes. Exploring images from Canada and elsewhere.

Week 3: Social Justice. Highlighting Kollwitz, Goya and Daumier, we will look at the many ways in which printmaking is used to communicate political messages.

Week 4: Portraits. Artworks in watercolour, lithography, etching, charcoal etc.

Week 5: Animals. Artists depiction of animals through the ages. 


  • a set of soft pencils OR one pencil of each: H, HB, 3B, 6B
  • Erasers - white vinyl eraser and kneadable eraser (cartridge erasers are optional)
  • 11 x 14 inch coil bound sketchbook or similar size
  • Tissues for smudging  
  • 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 Instructor’s 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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