Skip to Content

Art Gallery of Ontario

Keyword Site Search

Register today for Winter courses at the AGO!

Whether you're new to art, or have lots of experience, the AGO offers a broad range of courses and workshops in a fun and supportive studio environment for all ages and stages. From printmaking, painting, and photography to new media and more, there is something for everyone. Register today and you'll learn from the best contemporary artists and dynamic instructors the city has to offer.

Scroll down to see all classes or click here to quickly get to your favourites.

ADULTS

two people working on mixed media project

Mixed Media

Introduction to Everything
Mondays, February 6 - March 6
No classes on February 20
10 am - 1 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Claire Greenshaw



Tuesdays, February 7 - February 28
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Jamie Quail

Wednesdays, January 11 - February 1
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Aleks Bartosik

Fridays, January 13 - February 3
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Claire Greenshaw

Members $220 | Public $285

Not sure which process is right for you? Here's your chance to experiment and play in the studio! Inspired by themes in the AGO's collections and exhibitions, each week students will explore a different artmaking technique. From printmaking to painting to drawing and sculpture (and more), this is the ultimate crash course in studio sampling.

The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.

Return to top


person with sketchbook

Drawing

Introduction to Drawing
Mondays, January 9 - March 6
No classes on February 20
10 am - 1 pm (8 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Bogdan Luca



Tuesdays, January 10 - February 28
7 - 10 pm (8 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Carol Matson

Wednesdays, January 11 - March 1
7 - 10 pm (8 weeks)
Instructor: Carol Matson  SOLD OUT

Members $375 | Public $440

This 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 draws upon the AGO's collections as a platform for teaching methods and techniques, and prepares students for advanced classes at the AGO.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Life Drawing
Mondays, January 9 - March 6
No classes on February 20
2 - 5 pm (8 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Kerry Kim

Tuesdays, January 10 - February 28
7 - 10 pm (8 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Bogdan Luca

Fridays, January 13 - March 3
7 - 10 pm (8 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Kerry Kim

Members $375 | Public $440

Discover poetry of the human form through observation and drawing. This course focuses on an intuitive approach to life drawing through integration of perceptual and technical skills. Recognize bone, gesture, muscle, and skin. Professional life models will utilize a variety of poses. Traditional and contemporary concepts of chiaroscuro, contour, and direction will be studied to explore http://stg.ago.net/courses-workshops and structure of the human form.

Through a combination of guided drawing practices, students will learn to draw with confidence, culminating in the principles of composition and design. In-class demonstrations and regular visits to the galleries are integral parts of the course.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Drawing Explorations: Gesture
Mondays, January 9 - January 30
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register

Instructor: Kerry Kim
Members $200 | Public $265

Gesture drawing explores the form and movement of an object in space. Often a drawing may look quite realistic, but more often gesture drawings will have just a sense of the overall form. It aims to suggest the essential feeling of the subject. Marks are quick and deliberate, and each mark will say something significant about the subject. Using a variety of image sources and drawing techniques, students will experiment with composition, narratives, and perspectives towards completing a series of gesture drawings. Examples of gesture drawings in the AGO collection will be sources of inspiration. Students are strongly encouraged to take Introduction to Drawing in advance of this class.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Art of Drawing in the Galleries
Tuesdays, January 10 - February 28
2 - 5 pm (8 weeks)  Register

Wednesdays, January 11 - March 1
5 - 8 pm (8 weeks)  Register

Instructor: Kelley Aitken
Members $375 | Public $440

This course combines drawing with art appreciation. Learn how to draw while in the company of master works and innovative contemporary art. Each week we'll visit an area of the AGO to work on drawing concepts and skills through exercises, observation and discussion of the art and artists on exhibition.

This is a comprehensive course that provides a grounding in drawing skills and concepts while increasing your familiarity with the gallery and appreciation for the methods and subjects of its artists. We will travel through the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of the gallery, drawing in the Henry Moore room, African galleries, European salons, and Thomson and Canadiana galleries on the second floor. We'll respond to exciting contemporary work on the 4th and 5th floors, undertake value sketches in the photography galleries, and study perspective and depth under the dramatic vaulted windows of the Galleria Italia. Drawing lessons will cover: contour, cross contour and gesture; positive form and negative space; light and shadow; value; composition; proportion and perspective; and the basics of portraiture and landscape.

Students are asked to bring the following supplies: an 11" x 14" coil-bound sketchbook, a set of soft pencils (B through 9B, or one each of 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B), a knead-able eraser and a white vinyl eraser, a set of 24 watercolour pencils, a self-contained pencil sharpener.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the WFLC for the start of the first class.

Drawing from the Vaults
Thursdays, February 9 - March 2
10:30 am - 1 pm (4 weeks)  Register

Instructor: Kelley Aitken
Members $200 | Public $265

Taking the Art Gallery of Ontario's Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre as its inspiration and class location, this drawing course gives participants the unique opportunity to view works that are rarely exhibited. Students will warm up in the collections with a few exercises then convene in the Print & Drawing Study Centre to make drawings after works in the extensive collection. Various drawing, watercolour, and printmaking techniques will be observed and studied. This course is suitable for intermediate students or those who have some drawing experience.

Students are asked to bring the following supplies: an 11" x 14" coil-bound sketchbook, a set of soft pencils (B through 9B, or one each of 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B), a knead-able eraser and a white vinyl eraser, a set of 24 watercolour pencils, a self-contained pencil sharpener.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the WFLC for the start of the first class.

Return to top


person painting

Painting

Introduction to Painting
Mondays, January 9 - March 6
No classes on February 20
10 am - 1 pm (8 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti



Wednesdays, January 11 - March 1
7 - 10 pm (8 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti

Fridays, January 13 - March 3
7 - 10 pm (8 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Jamie Quail

Members $375 | Public $440

This course introduces students to a variety of techniques in painting, ranging from different paint application methods to developing an awareness of volume and form. This foundation-level course draws upon the AGO's painting collections as inspiration for painting projects. Students will complete a variety of projects using acrylic paint, due to its rapid drying properties.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Painting Inspired by Monet
Mondays, January 9 – 30
No classes on February 20
10 am - 1 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Kelley Aitken

Mondays, February 6 - March 6
No classes on February 20
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Michael Toke

Members $200 | Public $265

Inspired by iconic works in the Mystical Landscapes exhibition, students will be introduced to Monet's colour palette. Emulating the techniques of this master artist, students will discover this Impressionist's ways of seeing the world through light, shadow, and structure shaped or inspired by nature.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Intro to Watercolour
Mondays, January 9 - January 30
10 am - 1 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT

Wednesdays, January 11 - February 1
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT

Instructor: Brian Hoxha
Members $200 | Public $265

Long associated with delicate renderings of flowers, watercolour is the preferred medium for a number of contemporary artists working in unexpected ways. In this class for beginners, learn basic techniques for painting in watercolour while discovering the unique properties of this medium.

Materials for the first class are included, and students will receive a material list at the first class.

Watercolour Explorations
Mondays, February 6 - March 6
No classes on February 20
10 am - 1 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Kelley Aitken

Wednesdays, February 8 - March 1
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Brian Hoxha

Members $200 | Public $265

Expand your watercolour practice through experimentation with a variety of application techniques while discovering the unique properties of this medium. The course will include lots of hands-on experimentation through quick exercises and the development of several more resolved pieces. This course is appropriate for those who are looking for inspiration, new ideas or new directions in their practice. Students are strongly encouraged to take Introduction to Watercolour in advance of this class.

Materials for the first class are included, and students will receive a material list for the following classes.

Painting Inspired by van Gogh
Mondays, February 6 - March 6
No classes on February 20
2 - 5 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT

Tuesdays, January 10 - January 31
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: Michael Toke

Members $200 | Public $265

Inspired by iconic works in the Mystical Landscapes exhibition, students will be introduced to van Gogh's colour palette. Emulating the techniques of this master artist, students will discover a unique approach to layering colour, depth and foreground, and visual abstraction through composition.

Landscape Painting
Mondays, January 9 - January 30
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Aleks Bartosik

Members $200 | Public $265

Explore concepts and approaches to painting landscapes through illusion and representation. Learn to capture light, atmosphere and mood in landscape by working from photographs or examples in the AGO's collection. This workshop will explore mixing colours, choosing compositions, and editing photographic references. This workshop is suitable for students with some painting experience.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Colour Harmony
Tuesdays, February 7 - February 28
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Michael Toke

Members $200 | Public $265

In a workshop suited for painters and non-painters alike, students will explore colour theory through paint, discussion, gallery visits, and the use of coloured objects. Improve your colour appreciation and ways of seeing, resulting in practical skills that can be applied in painting and easily transferred to all other media. Students will explore the AGO collections to see ideas and principles behind colour harmony; where our eyes are guided, how mood is shifted and manipulated, cultural and political subtexts and the sheer joy of colour.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Abstract Painting
Wednesdays, February 8 - March 1
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Aleks Bartosik

Members $200 | Public $265

This workshop is inspired by abstract works in the AGO's collection. Students will be exposed to motivations and methods in abstract painting. The AGO's collections will frame discussions of history and innovations in structural and compositional ideology, colour theories, the origins of abstraction and contemporary ideas for the painter. A basic knowledge of painting techniques is recommended.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Portrait Painting
Fridays, February 10 - March 3
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Bogdan Luca

Members $220 | Public $285

This intermediate level workshop focuses on intuitive approach to portrait painting through direct observation. Students will explore the fundamental concerns in painting such as chiaroscuro, colour relationships, paint handling, gesture and composition. Demonstrations in alla prima painting technique and visits to the galleries are the major components of this workshop.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Return to top


person sculpturing

Sculpture

Introduction to Sculpture
Mondays, January 9 - January 30
2 - 5 pm (4 weeks)  Register
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Claire Greenshaw

Members $220 | Public $285

Working with clay and plaster, students will learn about the various techniques and processes of traditional and contemporary sculptural practice. Designed for the beginner who wishes to work in three dimensions to complete a sculptural work, the course includes an introduction to additive and subtractive techniques.

The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.

Figurative Sculpture
Mondays, February 6 - March 6
No classes on February 20
2 - 5 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Claire Greenshaw



Fridays, February 10 - March 3
No classes on February 20
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Jim Hake

Members $220 | Public $285

In this course, students will work with clay to continue their study of the human form; they will develop skills of observation and proportion, while working with a life model closely guided by instruction. Students will be given demonstrations and encouraged to utilize a variety of techniques when working with a life model. They will have the opportunity to develop traditional life sculpture skills within the classroom environment, while simultaneously interacting with, observing, and discussing how these techniques are practiced and applied in contemporary art.

This course is suitable for students with some sculpture experience. The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.

Return to top


printmaking frame

Printmaking

Introduction to Printmaking
Mondays, January 9 - January 30
Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti

7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Jamie Quail

Members $220 | Public $285

Create a wide range of images using traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques. We will use a large format printing press for collagraphs, dry point and abstract monoprinting. Printmaking is an excellent way to test out colour theory with the ease of merely switching colours in your ink choices. Dry point etching is an extension of drawing and through application of ink and chin colle lay techniques the mood can be manipulated. This course will also cover techniques that can be utilized in your own studio. Relief printmaking using styrofoam and softoleum, monoprints on plexiglass and silkscreen printing will be explored as well.

All inks and basic materials are included in this course. If students want to work in larger formats they are responsible for purchasing their own printing plates and papers to allow for the size increase.

Printmaking Explorations: Silkscreen
Mondays, February 6 - March 6
No classes on February 20
2 - 5 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti

Members $220 | Public $285

Practice advanced forms of printmaking that incorporate experimentation to reflect contemporary practices in print. Screen-printing is a very physical, rewarding process of printing, in which you push inks through stencils then through a very fine fabric. It is a versatile medium that can be applied to any flat surface. Inspired by the AGO's collection of contemporary prints, participants will create multi-layer prints, explore mixing inks, and make gradients on a single layer which is called a split fountain blend. Students are strongly encouraged to take Introduction to Printmaking in advance of this class.

The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.

Return to top


person in photography studio

Photography

Introduction to Photography
Tuesdays, January 10 - January 31
2 - 5 pm (4 weeks)  Register

7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register

Instructor: Janieta Eyre
Members $200 | Public $265

Learn to become creative with your camera. This class is an introduction to digital photography. Students can expect to learn how to make a correct exposure, shoot in challenging lighting situations and make strong compositions. This class is for beginners and those wishing to transition successfully from film to digital SLR cameras, suitable for photographers with knowledge of basic skills. Students are required to bring their own SLR cameras for each class. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their camera manuals to class for instructional assistance; course instructors are not responsible for knowing the operation of each camera.

Life Photography
Tuesdays, February 7 - February 28
2 - 5 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Janieta Eyre

7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Brian Piitz

Members $220 | Public $285

This is a workshop for those interested in photographing the nude using studio light. Students will work both collaboratively and independently in directing the model and adjusting lighting. They will be encouraged to come to class with references from which to shoot. This class is suitable for photographers with knowledge of basic photography skills. Students are required to bring their own cameras and tripods for each class.

Return to top


Art & Ideas

Breakfast Club
Thursdays, February 9 - March 2
10:30 am - 12:30 pm (4 weeks)  Register

Instructor: Michael Toke
Members $220 | Public $260

This course takes the shape of a weekly social club. Using the AGO as a cultural hub, we will meet over coffee and pastries to view art and draw. Keeping a sketchbook is a fantastic way to share stories and ideas with new friends and family. Start your day off right with conversation, coffee, and sketching and drawing exercises in the AGO. Students are asked to bring a sketchbook, a set of soft pencils, a kneadable eraser and a white vinyl eraser, a paper stomp, a set of 24 watercolour pencils and a self-contained pencil sharpener.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in Galleria Italia for start of class. Coffee/tea and scone in Galleria Italia are included.

Drawing. Drinks.
Fridays, January 13 - February 3
6 - 8:30 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti

Fridays, February 10 - March 3
6 - 8:30 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Carol Matson

Members $220 | Public $260

Learn to draw, and enjoy a drink doing it! Improve your drawing skills in the galleries of the AGO. Explore a variety of drawing techniques using original paintings, sculptures and installations in the AGO collections as starting points. Your artist-instructor will demonstrate techniques and concepts and lead the group through exercises geared toward deepening your understanding of works of art and the evolution of imagery.Both new and repeat students are welcome. Each class starts over drinks and conversation.Bring your own supplies: An 11" x 14" coil-bound sketchbook, a set of soft pencils (B through 9B, or one each of 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B), a kneadable eraser and a white vinyl eraser, a paper stomp, a set of 24 watercolour pencils, a self-contained pencil sharpener.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and meet your instructor in the Weston Family Learning Centre Education Commons.

NEW Art-making Inspired by Feminist Ideas
Mondays, February 6 - March 6
No classes on February 20
7 - 10 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: Aleks Bartosik

Members $200 | Public $265

Visit the AGO's galleries and library to discover artists whose work exemplify feminist strategies and that express ideas about gender equality from economic, social and political perspectives. Explore through various mediums ideas that are important to you today and that help inform and communicate a sense of your own identity. Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.

Public Art in the Subways
Tuesday, February 14
10 am - 1 pm  Register

Instructor: Ilana Altman
Members $30 | Public $45

Start the morning with a hot chocolate and a survey of public art in Toronto. Bringing together 750 unique artworks under one Toronto map currently displayed in our Community Gallery in February, participants will consider how public art over the past 50 years has transformed Toronto. Then using the TTC subway network, visit a selection of iconic and new artworks for group discussion about our publicly funded art strategies.

NEW Public Art in the Financial District
Tuesday, April 11
10 am - 1 pm  Register

Instructor: Ilana Altman
Members $30 | Public $45

Start the morning with a hot chocolate and a survey of public art in Toronto. Bringing together 750 unique artworks under one Toronto map currently displayed in our Community Gallery in April, participants will consider how public art over the past 50 years has transformed Toronto. Then using the PATH network, visit a selection of iconic and new artworks for group discussion about our downtown core's city streets and publicly accessible private spaces (POPS).

Return to top


people doing yoga in Galleria Italia

Yoga

NEW! Mindful Movement – Slow Looking in the Galleries
Tuesdays, February 14 - March 7
2 - 3 pm (4 weeks)  Register

Members $100 | Public $130

Learn to slow down the body and mind. Be inspired by a selection of artworks in the galleries each week and respond to them with slow yoga movements and meditative techniques. This class will inform a new way of looking at art and centring within a unique space. Low physical effort. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Students are encouraged to check all large bags and coats at coat check.

Drop-in Yoga
UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2017
Mondays, 6 - 7 pm
or
Thursdays, 8 - 9 am

NEW TIMES BEGINNING FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Mondays, 6 – 7 pm

Register

Individual Sessions: Members $15 | Public $17
5 Sessions advanced purchase: Members $60 | Public $85
10 Sessions advanced purchase: Members $120 | Public $170


Please present your ticket at start of class. Participants are encouraged to arrive already dressed for yoga and with a yoga mat.

UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2017

Mondays, 6 – 7 pm 
Thursdays, 8 – 9 am
Location: Galleria Italia

NEW TIMES BEGINNING FEBRUARY 1, 2017

Mondays, 6 – 7 pm 
Location: Galleria Italia

Return to top


CHILDREN AND YOUTH

caregiver and baby doing yoga

3 months to 3 years

Toddler Arts
(Ages: 2 to 3 years with an adult)

Thursdays, February 16 - March 9
10 - 11 am (4 weeks)  Register

Sundays, February 12 - March 5
10 - 11 am (4 weeks)  Register

Instructor: TBD
Members $165 | Public $185

A toddler's world of infinite discovery is all about exploring materials! Through a diverse exploration of art- making materials and art processes, our Toddler Arts class encourages creative self –expression, developing fine and gross motor skills and sensory awareness through age appropriate art activities, together with an adult caregiver. We combine the arts with play, keeping the focus on process and fun.

Caregiver and Babe Yoga and Field Trip
(Babies: Age 3 months to pre-crawlers)

Wednesdays, February 15 - March 8
11 am - 12:30 pm (4 weeks)  Register

Thursdays, February 16 - March 9
11 am - 12:30 pm (4 weeks)  Register

Instructor: Eloisa Slimmon-Weber
Members $75 | Public $85

Get out of the house and spend some time at the AGO with your babe. Join us for a - 4 week Yoga and Art Fieldtrip through the AGO collections and exhibitions. Enjoy conversation and adult learning in a baby-friendly atmosphere as you do a yoga class with your babe and then stroll the galleries with one of our AGO ambassadors all while your little one sleeps, feeds, and snuggles close to you in their carrier!

Return to top


4 to 7 years

Side By Side
(Ages: 4-7 years with an adult)

Sundays, January 15 - February 5
10 - 11:30 am (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT

Sundays, February 12 - March 5
10 - 11:30 am (4 weeks)  SOLD OUT

Instructor: TBC
Members $165 | Public $185

We offer parents, grandparents or caregivers the chance to discover art through a playful and fun process, side by side with their young artist. Participants will be introduced to a wide range of art materials and art making processes through painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Interactive gallery visits incorporate play and learning. Some projects will be individual and some will be shared…it's all about making connections, being together and loving art! Class is limited to 10 children and 10 adults.

Return to top


6 to 7 years

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media, 6-7 yrs

Sundays, January 15 - March 5
10 am - 12 pm (8 weeks)  SOLD OUT
Instructor: TBD

Members $268 | Public $308

Working from original works of art, with the AGO's amazing collection at their fingertips as inspiration, your child will learn about a wide variety of age appropriate drawing and painting techniques and skills. We take concepts that children love to explore - colour, light, form, texture - and build on those interests, encouraging exploration of tools and materials -both traditional and not so traditional. Help them discover their own expressionistic power in a course that combines drawing and painting with imaginative collage and 3-D artwork. Classes visit the galleries frequently as part of the curriculum, looking at and learning from original works of art and artists. There is nothing that can compare to the gallery experience!

Return to top


8 to 13 years

Cartooning, 8-13 yrs

Saturdays, January 14 - March 4
10 am - 12 pm (8 weeks)  Register

Sundays, January 15 - March 5
10 am - 12 pm (8 weeks)  Register

Instructor: TBC
Members $268 | Public $308

Old School is still cool! In this course we celebrate traditional ways of cartooning. Armed with pencil, pen, brush, marker, acrylic paint and scratchboard, explore this traditional/contemporary art form and tap into your inner storyteller as you create cartoons, imagery and narrative in a variety of genres. Working under the guidance of a professional cartoonist, projects may include creating storyboards, animation flip books, trading cards and collaborative comic book anthologies, as you learn the art of drawing, storyboarding and character development.

Claymation, 8-13 yrs
Saturdays, January 14 - February 4
1 - 3 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: TBC

Members $165 | Public $185

Using clay, model magic, bits and pieces and your imagination and creativity, you and your crew come up with a concept, create 3-D characters, design backgrounds and props and build mini-sets or dioramas. Whether you use these in your stop motion movie or not, it's a blast just creating the scene. This class works well in combination with the Stop Motion class.

Stop Motion, 8-13 yrs
Saturdays, February 11 - March 4
1 - 3 pm (4 weeks)  Register
Instructor: TBC

Members $165 | Public $185

Explore the magical art of stop motion, which creates the illusion of inanimate objects moving on their own. Learn about character development, lighting, storyboarding and storytelling and how to put it all together into a fun (or funny) short group film. This class works well in combination with the Claymation class.

Life Drawing for Kids!, 8-10 yrs
Sundays, January 15 - March 5
1 - 3 pm (8 weeks)  Register
Instructor: TBC

Members $283 | Public $333

Using the AGO collections as inspiration, children are introduced to the fundamental skills and techniques of drawing. Students explore concepts such as line and contour, positive and negative and space, perspective and proportion, light and shadow, shading, grey scale and tone, texture, gesture and more while experimenting with an exciting variety of artist's tools, media and contemporary techniques for expressive and imaginative mark-making. Materials may include pencil, charcoal, conte, oil and chalk pastel, and watercolour. We work with a combination of still life and fully-clothed life models, and maybe even a dog!

Life Drawing for Older Kids!, 11-13 yrs
Sundays, January 15 - March 5
1 - 3 pm (8 weeks)  Register
Instructor: TBC

Members $283 | Public $333

Using our collections and exhibitions as inspiration, children are introduced to the fundamental skills and techniques of drawing. Students explore concepts such as line and contour, positive and negative and space, perspective and proportion, light and shadow, shading, grey scale and tone, texture, gesture and more while experimenting with an exciting variety of artist's tools, media and contemporary techniques, as well as using experimental materials for expressive and imaginative mark-making. Students use drawing materials such as pencil, charcoal, conte, pen & ink, as well as coloured drawing materials such as conte, oil and chalk pastel, and watercolour. We work with a combination of still life and fully-clothed life models, and maybe even a dog!

Return to top


13 to 18 years

Integrated Studio Projects, 13-18 yrs
Saturdays, January 14 - March 4
1 - 4 pm (8 weeks)  Register
Instructor: TBC

Members $390 | Public $425

ISP is an intensive interdisciplinary studio course with a focus on contemporary art making. Students work both collaboratively and independently to shape an art practice through skill development and critical thought. Students are exposed to new materials, techniques and artistic practice through lectures, discourse and studio exploration, giving them the tools to begin to build a portfolio and grow as artists and designers. Materials and processes might include painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed and new media, installation and 3-D construction/sculpture. Together the students work as an artist-collective, with a focus on the exploration of the creative process, learning from one another in a dynamic, open-studio format. ISP is designed for youth who wish to explore, create and grow, while building skills and an understanding of their own creative practice and how it relates to the contemporary art world. As in all our youth courses, there is an emphasis on creating strong sketchbooks, portfolio quality work and visiting the gallery regularly. Students work with highly qualified instructors who are practicing artists. Courses are inspired by current exhibitions, which in 2017 include Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989, SuperReal:Pop Art from the AGO Collection, and other highlights from the Collections.

Return to top

Share and Enjoy: