Visitors in the Print and Drawing Study Centre

Marvin Gelber Print and Drawing Study Centre. Photo: AGO.


Did you know that there are more than 100,000 artworks in the AGO Collection? Now’s your chance to get a closer look at pieces held in the AGO Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre. In this online course, the works are selected by your instructor, and curators of Prints & Drawings, to emulate specific drawing techniques by the masters. To get the most from this course, we suggest you take Introduction to Drawing first.

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. 

Terms and Conditions of Participation in Online Courses.

Please review the Terms & Conditions for course experience optimization. 

Participants must be 18 or older. 


Week 1: Highlights. Images that represent the collection in the Print and Drawing Study Centre.
Week 2: Landscapes. Landscape 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.

Each week we will have a slideshow of artworks and work on various drawing techniques with the master images as our subjects.


  • 4 Pencil gradations: H, HB, 3B, 6B
  • Erasers - white vinyl eraser and kneadable eraser (cartridge erasers are optional)
  • 11 x 14 inch sketchbook or similar size
  • Tissues for smudging   
  • Colouring pencils, watercolour pencils, or chalk/drawing pastels 
  • Optional: dip pen with India ink, watercolour paints and brushes, oil pastels, conte crayons.

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.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, delays are very possible. 


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