Drawing course

Online AGO Highlights: Drawing

In this online course you will learn drawing techniques while gaining inspiration from a different artwork in our collection each week. Get to know the AGO while enjoying drawing exercises, observation and discussion about exciting and inspiring art and artists. 

This online course is suitable for both beginners and returning students.

Terms and Conditions of Participation 

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

Participants must be 18 or older.

Zoom links will be emailed prior to class. 


Week 1: Drawing Warm-Ups.  Review 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: Toned Paper Exercises. Discussion of light, shadow and 16th century drawings of Franceso Salviati and 19th century drawings of Ingres. Create toned paper exercises.  Mediums in use: conte and charcoal.

Week 3: Colour and Visual Depth. Explore Early Renaissance painting and the Group of Seven. Mediums in use: Chalk pastels and pencil crayons.

Week 4: Colour and Perception on Flat Surfaces. Explore the work of Claude Monet and David Milne. Mediums in use: Chalk pastels and pencil crayons.

Week 5: Drawing From Collage. Combine different approaches to mark making and explore colour relationships. Explore the work of Juan Gris, Roy Kenzie Kiyooka, and El Lissitzky. Mediums and materials in use: Scissors, glue, chalk pastels, pencil crayons, graphite, conte, and charcoal.


Drawing tools:

  • Conte Sticks (also called compressed charcoal): 2 black, 2 white, 1 sanguine (can often find a set)

  • Charcoal Sticks: large

  • Graphite Pencils: a set of individual pencils including HB, 2B, 4B

  • Colour Chalk Pastels 

  • Small set of pencil crayons

  • Erasers: 1 white plastic eraser and 1 kneadable eraser

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Paper stomp and/or Kleenex, Q-Tip or your finger.

  • Scissors 

  • Glue stick

Drawing surfaces:

  • Pad of Cartridge Paper 18 x 24 inch (40 sheets)

  • 3 19 x 25 inch mid tone colours (1 grey) 

  • scrap paper or newsprint for quick studies

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.


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