Drawing course

Introduction to Drawing ONLINE

This online course introduces students to a range of media and techniques in drawing, as well as different application methods to develop an awareness of line, volume and form. Working with conte, graphite, and charcoal, this foundation-level course, taught live by an AGO Artist Instructor, draws upon the AGO's collections as a platform for teaching methods and techniques, and prepares students for advanced classes at the AGO.

Terms and Conditions of Participation in Online Courses.

Participants must be 18 or older. Spots are limited. Some prior experience with the medium is recommended.

(NOTE: The course starting in March skips over April 1st for Easter Weekend)

Students to supply their own materials. 

Week 1: The Grey Scale and Value will be introduced and explored in a still life study.

Week 2: The study of basic line drawing techniques; gesture and contour drawing as well as the use of pencil as a drawing medium.

Week 3: One point perspective will be explored and the technique of eraser drawing.

Week 4: Continued study of perspective in landscape both linear and atmospheric.

Week 5: The use of a grid in portraiture.


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. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, delays to orders and shipments are very possible. Our instructors will do their best to accommodate alternative materials.

Materials List:

2B graphite pencil

2B black conte stick

2B white conte stick

Sakura Pigma Micron 08 Black Pen 0.50 mm or any similar black felt fine tip pen.

Willow Charcoal (Coates Willow Charcoal 5-6 mm. Med. Box of 6). If you do not want to buy the charcoal then the conte could act as a substitute.

White Plastic Eraser or Kneaded Eraser

Soft or Semi-Hard Drawing Pastels (Set of 12). Recommended brand: Mungyo.

Kraft Paper Pad, 18” x 24”, 40 sheets (Manila pad of paper if Kraft is not available)

1 sheet of Canson Mi- Tienes Pastel Paper 19” x 25”. Colour:  tobacco, grey or any colour of a medium tone pastel paper.

Kleenex and/or a Paper Stomp, a Q-Tip or your finger!

Ruler or straight edge

A Drawing Board 18” x 24” or larger if you would find this useful

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



Art Education Policies


Please read the following policies when you prepare your registration to AGO Education courses and camps.

  • Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and is limited to space restrictions.
  • Advance registration is recommended for all programs.
  • Registration is confirmed only upon receipt of payment.
  • All registration is subject to availability.
  • All programs, prices and instructors are subject to change without notice.
  • The AGO has the right to remove students from classes. (remove if they are disruptive).

Withdrawals and Refunds


  • Refunds are available in full 5 days before the start of the first class, minus a $15 administration fee.
  • For all courses a withdrawal is allowed before the start of the second class, minus a $50 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals after the start of the second class are non-refundable.
  • One day workshops are non-refundable. 
  • Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
  • Courses are not transferable.
  • Withdrawal requests must be done by email through the Contact Centre at contactus@ago.ca.

Cancellation of Classes

  • To ensure that we are able to run your preferred classes, we recommend that you enroll at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the program.
  • In the event of course cancellation, registrants will be notified 3 days prior to the scheduled commencement of the course and a full refund will be given.


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