line of thought

line of thought invite
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 5:00am

From surrealist vignettes on paper to dissected memoirs derived from personal photographs, Samantha Chiusolo, Melissa Fisher, Nahum Flores, James Hajime Murai and by invitation, the Z'otz* Collective enliven the contemporary drawing genre.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 285 Dundas Street West, 1st Floor, Toronto, Ontario
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Annual Drawing Marathon

Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:00am

The Faculty of Art is hosting The Annual Drawing Marathon on Saturday March 1 from 9 am ' 6 pm and Sunday March 2 12 -12. This event is being held on the 4th floor 100 McCaul St. Rooms 487 & 488.

In one room models while be doing gestures, the other room is for sustained poses.

Students, alumni, faculty and friends are welcome. The cost is only $20 for a full day. Challenge yourself, bring a lunch ask family and friends to sponsor you. Pledge sheets are available on the bulletin board just outside the Faculty of Art office room 401.

The money raised is being used to create a calendar to showcase student's work in the drawing/painting show.

Venue & Address: 
Rms 487 & 488 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
$20 pledge fee

Drawing at First Sight

Drawing at First Sight Invite
Monday, November 5, 2007 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 5:00am

Drawing at First Sight showcases selected work from both Art and Design students. The range of work demonstrates the breadth of students' accomplishments in observational and imaginative drawing.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Cathy Daley

Cathy Daley at Birch Libralato Gallery
Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 5:00am to Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 5:00am

Birch Libralato Gallery in Toronto presents new work by Professor Cathy Daley.
"For the past number of years, I have been exploring the iconography of and representation of women in popular visual culture. In this new body of work, employing the medium of black pastel, I have drawn partial views ' a woman wearing a scarf, the edge of a coat lapel, the contours of a billowing checked skirt, the mystery of a darkened room, a string of pearls. These various sized fragmented images are positioned in various relationships to one other, suggesting some larger context. Some are abstracted to schematics; others are like stills from a film, suggestive of narrative. The exhibition will also include a new series of collage work that combine images extracted from fashion magazines juxtaposed to, and/or embedded within drawings of furniture and architectural structures."
-- Cathy Daley

Venue & Address: 
Birch Libralato Gallery 129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, Ontario

Derek Sullivan: Poster Drawings Cross of Empire

Monday, October 22, 2007 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 4:00am

For his second exhibition at Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Derek Sullivan will show a new series of large drawing and fabric pieces. In this series of coloured pencil and gouache drawings Sullivan adopts the poster idiom as a means of accommodating contradictory and changing meanings, as well as minor epiphanies and ephemeral references. In his new laser cut fabric pieces Sullivan mashes up well-known phrases into collapsible web-like sculptures.
For the installation of this exhibition Sullivan will pierce the architecture to create an unbroken row of works claiming the entire west wall of the gallery.

Venue & Address: 
Jessica Bradley Art + Projects 1450 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Draw to Perform

photo of a man on his knees painting yellow circles around himself
photo of a blurred woman on a chair with a painting behind her
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 5:00am to Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 5:00am

An exciting event called Draw to Perform has been put together for all students and faculty of OCAD U. It is a two day symposium incorporating drawing with performance on Wednesday February 10th and Thursday February 11th in the Great Hall. Please find attached more details for this fantastic event!
Drawing Symposium, Draw to Perform

Participating Artists:
Ram Samocha, Nava Massas Waxman, Robert Luzar, Kerryn Graham, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Nicole Collins, Kate Wilson and Cathy Daley

Day 1: Wednesday February 10
Live Performances: 12:00 - 2:00 pm, Great Hall
Panel Discussion with the Artists: 2:30 - 4:00 pm, Great Hall
Day 2: Thursday February 11
Artist Talk: by Ram Samocha, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Room MCA 190.
Workshop 1: hosted by Ram Samocha, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Great Hall
Workshop 2: hosted by Ram Samocha, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Great Hall

Draw to Perform visits OCAD U was made possible with the generous donation on behalf of Ada Slaight, and supported by the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, Natalie Waldburger. Art materials during this event were generously sponsored by Above Ground Art Supplies.

In the spirit of pushing the boundaries of imagination we proudly welcome Draw to Perform, an international symposium for drawing performance. This symposium is a two day event, curated by Ram Samocha in collaboration with James Olley, Lecturer in the Faculty of Art at OCAD U. Samocha is a multidisciplinary artist currently living in the UK and is the founder and curator of Draw to Perform.

Day one of the symposium will feature live performances by local and international artists. Day two will open with an artist talk by Ram Samocha, followed by workshops in the Great Hall. The workshops will explore drawing as performance and strategies for forming a dialog between drawing, process and performance. Participants will draw live, share and discuss their outcomes and ideas. The resulting works will be exhibited in the Great Hall. Participants welcome. Please contact to sign up.

For the workshops, participants will need to bring basic drawing materials such as graphite, charcoals, chalks, Conté, ballpoint pen, acrylic paints, black ink, brushes, and/or masking tape. Paper will be provided for the workshop.

For further information on Draw to Perform, follow the links below:

Gestural Figuration
Paul Klee wrote that drawing is “an active line on a walk, moving freely, without a goal. A walk for a walk’s sake. The mobility agent is a point, shifting its positions forward.” DRPT 2003 Drawing Workshop, composed of mostly second year students from a variety of specializations, has been “taking drawing for a walk” pursuing ideas around how the activation of a contemporary drawing practice can affect the very way we think about drawing. In this project, Gestural Figuration, the artists have been exploring, through partner dialogue, the interrelationship between the body and drawing, making use of unconventional performative strategies to challenge their own assumptions, their use of materials, and the very definition of drawing itself.

Also exhibiting as part of the Draw to Perform Visits OCAD U Symposium:
Ricka Huang & Arleen Maldia, Anthony Masucci & Maxim Korpan, Nikita Macedo & Bailey Porter, Gordis Wong & Uyen Huynh, DJ Stewart & Bailey Marinovich, Josie Fiegehen & Sydney McManus, Daniel Acker-Paquin, Margaret Cornell Kirk & Emma Leah-Hall, Aaron Bosnjak & Emma Burkeitt, Juilee Raje & Sonia Raje, Sorour Pourzadeh & Wenjing Zhang

Pam Patterson & Ghazaleh Baniahmad: Project leadership
Josie Fiegehen & DJ Stewart: Video compilation & editing

Special thanks to James Olley and Ram Samocha.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., The Great Hall
poster for Draw to Perform, including dates and times of events and images of performances

Still life

Take a look at some drawings by first-year OCAD U art and design students, recently showcased in the Ada Slaight Student Gallery.

Still life drawing of shoes, books and gadgets. By Franky Lo Drawing by Franky Lo

Abstract painting/illustration of people with swirls of coffee. By Lada Kysla Drawing by Lada Kysla

Half cross hatched, half pointillism drawing of a hand holding a pocket watch. By Fahmna Ahmed Drawing by Fahmna Ahmed

Weird alien falling menacingly from Jupiter in prehistoric times. By Emily Zou Drawing by Emily Zou

Ron Shuebrook Workshop

Black and white photograph of an elderly man in a studio
Monday, July 13, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, July 17, 2015 - 4:00am

Presented by The Thames Art Gallery, Chatham

The Thames Art Gallery is bringing acclaimed Canadian abstract painter Ron Shuebrook back to the Audrey Mistele Art Studio of the Cultural Centre, Chatham. Upon the conclusion of his nationally traveled drawing exhibition, organized by the Thames Art Gallery in 2013, Ron has generously agreed to return to Chatham for one week. On July 13 - 17, 2105 he will teach a drawing class and share his comprehensive knowledge of contemporary art. Ron was the Gallery’s ‘Artist in Residence’ in the fall of 2012 in preparation for his national exhibition entitled, ‘Drawing’ guest curated by John Kissick.

Ron has designed a workshop, to develop each participant’s skills of observation. Beginning with charcoal or graphite on paper, a still life will serve as the subject and catalyst for the drawings that will be pursued in the first day’s session. A discussion will follow about how and why participants might use their chosen materials to evoke the still life, and to organize purposefully the shapes, planes, lines, and textures derived from their perceptions of this subject. In the following sessions, the possibilities of memory, imagination, the unconscious, and process as sources and means for creative image making, including abstraction, will be addressed. The cost of the workshop is $230 plus HST and all materials will be supplied.

Ron has taught and been an administrator at many arts educational institutions in the United States and Canada including Kent State University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Ottawa School of Art, and the University of Guelph. He also served as the President and Vice President, Academic, of the Ontario College of Art and Design. This is a rare opportunity to participate in an intensive drawing workshop with a nationally and internationally recognized artist. Class size is limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.


Venue & Address: 
75 William Street North Chatham, Ontario, N7M 4L4
<p>519 354 8338</p>
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MAAD Speakers Series: Anne Wilson

Photgraph of a woman standing at the far end of a gallery with a yellow band stretching the length of the room
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Presented by the Material Art & Design (MAAD) program in the Faculty of Design

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials -- table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire. 

Wilson's numerous exhibitions include "Thread Lines" at The Drawing Center, NYC 2014; "Fiber Sculpture 1960-Present" at the ICA Boston and touring, 2014; "Dispersions" at the Rhonda Hoffman Gallery, Chicago 2013; the "Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber" at the Zhejiang Art Musuem, China 201; "Global Threads" at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, UK 2012; "Local Industry" at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 2012; "Out of the Ordinary" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2007-08. She was included in the "2002 Biennial" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Wilson's art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; among others. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Art, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is a Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Central Hall, Room 230
Open to the public | Free admission

Gary Taxali teaching at the National Institute of Design, Bangalore

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 5:00am

Assistant Professor Gary Taxali is in Bangalore this month teaching at the National Institute of Design (NID) as part of OCAD University’s exchange agreement with the school.

Taxali’s workshop “Drawing Your Personal Voice” is part of NID’s two-weeks of open electives, and works with twenty students from various disciplines.

While in Bangalore, Taxali will give a talk about his work and creative process at the INSIGHT 2015 Design Research Symposium hosted by NID and organized by the Design Management Institute.

For updates on Taxali’s experience in Bangalore, follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.