Drawing course

Online Introduction to Drawing

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.

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.

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Participants must be 18 or older.     




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


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: Perception: One point perspective 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.                                                             


  • 2B graphite pencil
  • 2B black conte stick
  • 2B white conte stick
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 08 Black Pen 0.50mm or any similar black felt fine tip pen.
  • Willow Charcoal (Coates Willow Charcoal 5-6mm. 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
  • Pastels Assorted Colours (Set of 12) Galleria Semi-Hard Pastels or Mungyo Gallery Drawing Chalk Pastels recommended
  • Kraft Paper Pad, 18 x 24 inch, 40 sheets (Manila pad of paper if Kraft is not available)
  • One sheet of Pastel Paper approximately 19.5x 25.5 in., recommended brand Canson Mi Teines. Colour:  Tobacco, Red, Dark Blue or Black are suggested colours, nothing in a light tone.
  • Kleenex and/or a Paper Stomp, a Q-Tip or your finger!
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • A Drawing Board 18 x 24 inch or larger if you would find this useful.

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. 

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