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Learn the art of drawing, storyboarding and character development in this online course. Students will work on storyboards, flip books, trading cards, collaborative comic book anthologies and other projects. Have fun exploring these unique and playful art forms. Students will discover their own voice and narrative through 'on the spot' discussion and review of even the smallest details. The class will take special note of a key idea or approach represented  in the exhibition Picasso: Painting the Blue Period, and/or Robert Houle: Red Is Beautiful, both opening at the AGO this fall. Colour is used as a means of connecting personal voice to the broader community of artists, both past and present.

Every season, we offer projects inspired by artworks in the AGO Collection, including new acquisitions as well as special exhibitions where indicated. Instructors also develop personalized approaches to their teaching techniques focused on student interests and needs. Students are encouraged to discuss their learning goals with their instructor.


Week 1: Words, characters, and backgrounds
Week 2: Heads and dialogue boxes
Week 3: Sound effects 
Week 4: Interior Space


  • 2H or HB pencil
  • Paper: 8 x 10 inch sketchbook or white paper similar size (30-100 sheets, depends how much you like to draw!)
  • Markers, inks, or pencil crayons (colour for your drawings - make sure to have at least some reds and blues!)
  • 1-2 black pens: Pilot Fineliner black marker or permanent very fine tip black marker
  • White eraser
  • Ruler, or straight edge

These are the recommended materials for this course. Your instructor may recommend additional optional materials on additional days. All sizes are approximate. 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’sDeSerresGwartzman’sMichaels, or any other art supply or discount craft store.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis delays are very possible. Our Instructor’s will do their best to accommodate alternative materials whenever possible. 


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