Drawing at the Aga Khan Museum


Drawing at the Aga Khan Museum

Date: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 06:00PM - Wed, Nov 23, 2016 06:00PM
Price: $210, $180 Friends, $150 students and seniors 50% discount on parking available during the course

A comprehensive course that involves sketching in the collections and on the grounds of the Museum. Over six weeks, students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques of drawing, while gaining intimacy with the Museum’s fine collections. Also in this course, students will spend time with images and objects from the Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra exhibition. Materials list provided upon registration.

Kelley Aitken was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Fine Arts. Kelley's teaching focus and specialty is drawing and mixed media. In addition to her teaching and artwork, Kelley is also a published author.

Detail of, Plan of an Encampment
Probably Afghanistan, ca. 1800
Opaque watercolour, gold, and ink on paper


WEEK 1 — Contour/Positive and Negative Space
Students will move around the gallery making quick loose sketches of the objects they encounter, before working with the three-dimensional objects on display, to learn about tone application.

Week 2 — Light and Shadow/Texture
Students will draw bowls and ewers in the collection and work in various spaces in the Museum, utilizing the lovely cast shadows of the architectural elements, as well as learning about the rendering of various types of texture.

WEEK 3 — Value/Degrees of Light and Dark
Students will work from some of the architectural elements, including tiles and friezes in the Museum’s main space.

WEEK 4 — Composition/Pictorial Organization
Composition/Pictorial Organization

WEEK 5 — Colour
Students will examine the colours used in ceramics and tiles and learn about the complex palettes of opaque watercolours used in miniature paintings.

WEEK 6 — Architecture
Students will draw the interior spaces of the Museum, using a variety of techniques to establish a sense of perspective, proportion and depth.

Related Programming

Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra

July 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017

The Alhambra and Its Gardens: Reflections of the Past

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30–8:30 pm

Sephardic Music and Its Connections to Spain and Portugal

Thursday, August 18, 1–2 pm

DUENDE FLAMENCO FESTIVAL Two Views of the Alhambra

Friday, October 14, 8 pm


Saturday, October 15, 8 pm

DUENDE FLAMENCO FESTIVAL From Granada to the Generalife Palace

Sunday, October 16, 6 pm

Geometric Patterns from the Alhambra

Sunday, November 20, 10am–3 pm

Restoring and Reimagining Architectural Heritage

Thursday, December 8, 1–2 pm


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