Life Drawing ONLINE

Ages 8–10

Saturdays 3:30 - 5 pm
September 11 - October 2

Instructor: Olia Mishchenko 

Members $175 / General Public $205 (4 weeks)

Life Drawing is a fundamental drawing skill. Drawing the human form in its various shapes and postures deepens observational skills and helps students develop methods to create volume, texture and movement, as well as emotional responses such as empathy. Life drawing inspires students to future careers as far ranging as game design, healthcare and more.


Week 1: Sanguine Drawing in the Renaissance Tradition. This week we will look at the tonal drawings from the AGO Collection, created by the drawing masters from the Renaissance Period to the modern day. Working with the drawing sticks/pastels, we will learn to create warm tones and how to depict light and volume.
Week 2: Line drawings – Animals. This week we will learn about construction lines, contour lines, and hatching lines. While exploring these techniques we will create sketches of animals.
Week 3: Human Form and Movement. This week is a little unusual, and involves a bit of cardboard craft, as we will create hand-made paper manikins that can be articulated. We will use them to create a drawing of the human body in motion. Introduction into the Study of human proportions and location of main anatomical landmarks is the focus of this week.
Week 4: Drawing with our live model. This week we will work with a live model and create drawings from observation. We will explore sketching and drawing in a variety of durations, from quick gesture and mass drawings, to slower contour line studies.


Sanguine:Conte A Paris Crayon 2451 Sanguine 18th Century  or  Conté a Paris Conte Crayon 2450 Sanguine Natural orFaber-Castell Pitt Pastel Burnt Sanguine
White:Conte Crayon 2456 White 2B orFaber-Castell Pitt Pastel Soft White
Black:Conté a Paris Conte Crayon 2460 Black B orFaber-Castell Pitt Pastel Black Burnt Medium

  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Paper towel
  • Tissue
  • Q-tip or a stomp
  • Fine point felt tip marker
  • A sheet of grey toned drawing paper, strong weight, for example: Strathmore 500 series or Cason colourline series. Cut in half or approximately 12 x 18 inches (Alternative - Bristol board)

Note Additional Materials for Week 3 for Manikin making:

  • 3 sheets of 1 ply cardboard or stiff cardstock, white or recycled material, 8.5 x 11 inch approximately
  • 5 Pipe cleaners or thin wire, 12 inches long (Alternative - 20 twist ties)
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Pushpin and a 3 x 3 inch piece of corrugated cardboard
  • Glue stick

Optional: Sketchbook – Great for planning and practicing. Markers or colouring pencils.
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.

Please review the Terms and Conditions of Participation for course experience optimization.


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