The Art of Drawing
at the Art Gallery of Ontario


From my course outline:

Relative to much of what we do, drawing is a slow act. The process of drawing requires attention and sensual observation. Time slows, we experience an intense focus and absorption. In drawing, we are creating a dialogue with the world around us; we develop and express that relationship between ourselves and our subject matter. Drawing is about learning to see, replacing what we know or assume about objects, figures and spaces with what our eyes tell us. A drawing is a reflection of a subject but it is also about us, our point of view and interpretation. The art on display at the AGO provides an experience, often the culmination of years of study and focus, a distillation of observations and responses to the world. Through these collections we gain unique insight into times, places, personalities, the politics of the era or places in which the artists worked and lived. Much of what we talk about in this course will be about that expressiveness, how we respond to artwork, how states and emotions can be conveyed in our own drawings.


This is a fabulous setting for me as an instructor. The Art of Drawing progresses through a series of concepts and skills in an environment filled with inspiring work by great artists. In this course, we become intimate with the museum spaces as well as developing our understanding of individual sculptures, paintings, drawings and installations.

Lessons are based on the permanent collections of Canadian, European, African and Inuit art, as well as temporary exhibitions. During each course, we pay a visit to the Marvin Gelber Print and Drawing Study Centre at the AGO to see and draw from selected works on paper. The fall and winter sessions (beginning in October and January, respectively) are eight weeks in length, the spring session, beginning in April, runs for 6 weeks. Wednesdays or Sundays. Registration is through the AGO



Private classes, drop-in sessions and coaching


On occasion I run private drawing and painting classes out of my home. Contact me for more info.


My studio partner Elaine Whittaker and I offer encaustic (pigment in wax) sessions from our studio at 30 Duncan, Suite #704 (close to Osgoode subway, the studio is 2 blocks west of University between Richmond and Adelaide.) These are generally held on Thursday evenings: 6:30 to 9pm


I also offer private instruction and art coaching. For more information on any of these learning opportunities, e-mail Kelley. (e-mail from website here)



Adelaide Resource Centre for Women

A long-standing part-time job of mine is the art program at the Adelaide Resource Centre for Women, funded by the City of Toronto through the Homeless Initiative Fund. The Thursday Afternoon Art Drop-In was initiated, over a decade ago, by Josie Ricciardi, a social worker at Regent Park Community Health Centre, who still oversees the program. We now have an additional group on Mondays. Specifically aimed at women who have experienced long-term poverty, this program provides a supportive environment and instruction by trained artists. I learn as much from these women as I teach them.