Workshops

Workshops & Courses

Top-Rated Art Workshops in Toronto

We offer a variety of exciting digital, animation, and art workshops and courses outside our diploma programs. We have courses that appeal to those from every background – from the complete beginner, to the occasional hobbyist, to the working professional. We pride ourselves on the quality of our offerings, and all of our courses are held to the same high standard as our diploma programs. This means you always get:

      • A small class size
      • Instructors who are industry professionals
      • A supportive and fun environment

Our Summer Schedule is now available!
Check out our Summer courses below. Look forward to the inclusion of Camps and single session workshops to be scheduled for July & August. 


Workshops provide instruction within a specific area of study, such as cartooning, comic books, gaming, animation (classical, 2D and 3D), and life drawing. Our aim is to provide you with a fun and educational experience either building new skills or enhancing the ones you already have.  Many of our art workshops in Toronto are targeted at beginners, hobbyists and those considering a career in a related field. Some are also suitable for those within arts or animation-based careers wishing to enhance their portfolios or develop their skill set in a particular area.


Our “Learn to Draw” Portfolio Development course is a great introduction to the basics of representational drawing. It provides you with the opportunity to develop your life drawing, basic composition, perspective, and free hand & constructive drawing skills, and is highly recommended to anyone planning to apply to an arts program.


Professional Development courses are designed for working industry professionals to help advance them in their careers.


Our intensive 6-week Certificate Program (offered during the summer) is for students who will be applying to art-based post-secondary programs to build their skills and ensure they are portfolio-ready. Successful completion of this certificate is considered equivalent to some of the requirements for applying to our Max the Mutt Diploma Programs.

*Please note that certificates are only provided to students of the Fine Art Portfolio Development Certificate Program. General workshops can be listed on you CV or Resume upon completion, and letters of recommendation may be provided by the instructor upon request.


Our Online Workshops may feature recordings of live sessions for students to review. Please check the Materials list as well as Location when examining a particular workshop for specific details about whether this will be implemented.


Current Workshops, Professional Development & Portfolio Development Courses:
  • ONLINE! Creating a Webcomic Series From Start to Finish – Saturdays

    July 11, 2020 $400.00 + HST

    Do you have an idea for a webcomic that you’re dying to develop? Or have you been working on one but haven’t been able to finish it? In this workshop, we’ll work on the essential fundamentals for making a webcomic that readers will want to follow day after day. Whether your style is comedy, sci-fi, […]

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  • ONLINE! Basic Photography – Wednesdays

    July 15, 2020 $300.00 + HST

    Photography is an art form in of itself. That said, it can also be an incredible tool for creating references! This 6-week course will be all about learning how to use and understand the functions of a 35mm SLR or mirrorless camera. Learn the basics of photography, how cameras think, using the functions, and getting […]

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  • ONLINE! Single Session Life Drawing – Wednesday (July 22)

    July 22, 2020 $45.00 + HST

    Life Drawing is an important building block for all arts-based careers. It’s also an essential skill for any artist to develop, not to mention a great source of relaxation and stress-relief. This Life Drawing course follows the teaching methods of the celebrated Kimon Nicolaides, designed to allow anyone to improve their technique and recommended by […]

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  • ONLINE! Writing Stories for Picture Books – Saturdays

    July 25, 2020 $300.00 + HST

    Learning the basics of writing picture books is a valuable adjunct for illustrators. Not only does it give greater creative control, writing as well as illustrating doubles the royalty rate from a publisher: an important practical consideration. This workshop covers the technical requirements of writing for the genre and core writing skills like plotting, pacing, […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to Life Drawing – Saturdays

    July 25, 2020 $400.00 + HST

    Life Drawing is an important building block for all arts-based careers. It’s also an essential skill for any artist to develop, not to mention a great source of relaxation and stress-relief. This Life Drawing course follows the teaching methods of the celebrated Kimon Nicolaides, designed to allow anyone to improve their technique and recommended by […]

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  • ONLINE! Comic Books for Adults – Part 2

    July 28, 2020 $400.00 + HST

    Expand on your skills as a comic creator! In this class, students will build on what they learned in Comic Books for Adults, with an increased focus on inking, lettering, colouring and other “finishing” techniques, while still revisiting the fundamentals of effective layout and visual storytelling. Comics for Adults (Part 1) is recommended but not […]

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  • ONLINE! Comic Books for Adults Part 1 – Wednesdays

    July 29, 2020 $400.00 + HST

    Develop your skills as a comic creator! In our comic book drawing classes, students will be introduced to the exciting world of comic construction, from how you brainstorm your initial idea to the creation of a full-sized page. Our experienced instructor will guide you through the various stages of creating a comic, including scripting, layout […]

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  • ONLINE! Create Your Own Superhero – Single Session Saturday

    August 1, 2020 $45.00 + HST

    Superheroes have taken on a multitude of social and cultural roles since their conception and continue to diversify, influence, and shape the world we live in today. In this simple 3 hour workshop, you will have the opportunity to develop your own Superhero and learn basic technique to define and stylize the Superhero of your […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to Animation for Teens – Saturdays

    August 1, 2020 $325.00 + HST

    Students will gain a foundational understanding of 2D and 3D animation principles, starting with an introduction to the foundation of art and design. With an emphasis on drawing still life models and compositions and the art of seeing the world creatively and interpreting objects. These essential skills are needed for students to learn how to […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to Perspective in Photoshop – Tues & Thurs

    August 4, 2020 $300.00 + HST

    Focused on teaching the basics of one-point and two-point perspective, this workshop is designed to introduce students to simple perspective tools in Photoshop that can used to help them design images, scale objects/subjects in perspective, as well work with ground plane grids to help visualize objects. This workshop is intended to build students individual skills […]

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  • ONLINE! Intro to Environment Design in Photoshop – Wed & Fri

    August 5, 2020 $300.00 + HST

    Introduction to Environment Design is a concept art focused class that will help students build their understanding of composition, colour theory and shape language. Students will be introduced to composing images using simple shapes and gray scale values to eventually work up to creating complex colour pieces that exemplify their understanding of the techniques presented […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to Cartooning – Thursdays

    August 6, 2020 $200.00 + HST

    Introduction to Cartooning is intended to cultivate structure and design into the creative process of young artists. Artists will be introduced to many simple principles of drawing and design that will be utilized to help them develop their skills as well as create their own cartoon characters. Students are encouraged to share work for active […]

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  • ONLINE! Dimensional Drawing – Saturdays

    August 8, 2020 $300.00 + HST

    Dimensional Drawing is a intended to introduce students to the concept of thinking in 3D when drawing traditionally. This method of planning and approaching traditional art can start with a simple line. Gradually this process of practice will familiarize students with their tools, build confidence, and encourage the development of motor skills and muscle memory. […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to Backgrounds in Comics Camp

    August 10, 2020 $300.00 + HST

    This beginner friendly comics camp will focus on drawing backgrounds for storytelling! Learning how to design and draw background elements such as cities, forests, and the sky can be a challenge for many young artists looking to expand their storytelling practices! Through this Camp, students will have the opportunity to layout a story in pictures […]

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  • ONLINE! Basics of Comic Development Camp

    August 10, 2020 $325.00 + HST

    This summer camp is designed to develop essential ideas about visual storytelling and will give an understanding of the skills needed to create a comic. Throughout the course of the workshop students will have the opportunity to develop characters, settings, and more importantly, storytelling surrounding potential comic concepts. The goal is to give students an […]

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  • ONLINE! Redesigning Fairy Tales: An Introduction to Concept Art

    August 10, 2020 $185.00 + HST

    Redesigning Fairy Tales is intended to be an approachable introduction to Concept Art and the professional standards that are associated with the field. This introduction gives students the opportunity to choose from pre-existing stories (Fairy Tales) as a base for developing redesigns. Students will be encouraged to develop inspiration boards, establish themes and genres and […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to Blender Camp – Mon. to Wed.

    August 10, 2020 $300.00 + HST

    BLENDER is an Open Source Software that provides a gateway experience to 3D animation, rigging, modeling, and more! In this 3-week Camp, students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of using Blender by learning the user interface, how to create 3D objects, how to model your own shapes, shading, lighting, basic […]

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  • ONLINE! Single Session Life Drawing – Wednesday (Aug. 12)

    August 12, 2020 $45.00 + HST

    Life Drawing is an important building block for all arts-based careers. It’s also an essential skill for any artist to develop, not to mention a great source of relaxation and stress-relief. This Life Drawing course follows the teaching methods of the celebrated Kimon Nicolaides, designed to allow anyone to improve their technique and recommended by […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to World Building Camp

    August 17, 2020 $300.00 + HST

    World Building is an exciting frontier of story development! Whether for video games, movies, television shows, table top games, written stories, comics or personal projects, creating your own fantastical world is often an incredible experience to get you thinking creatively and cooperatively. World Building will teach you to think outside the box and give you […]

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  • Fine Art Portfolio Development Summer Intensive Certificate Program

    July 6, 2020 $2430 + H.S.T.

        Introduction to Fine Art Portfolio Development Summer Intensive Certificate Program This workshop is moving online!    This 6-week full-time course offers classes with top professionals and includes figurative drawing, perspective, still life drawing, basic design & composition, and colour theory. With successful completion of this program, you will have fulfilled the “general” portfolio requirements for Max […]

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  • ONLINE! Traditional Animation 2 – Tuesdays

    June 23, 2020 $400.00 + HST

    Building on what we learned in the introduction to traditional animation, students will delve deeper into the animation principles and character movement animation.  We’ll discuss how to create believable movement, motion and action, the subtle details and the little extras that bring a character to life. Some of the demos and exercises will include: 4 […]

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  • [SOLD OUT] ONLINE! Introduction to Traditional Animation – Thursdays

    June 18, 2020 $400.00 + HST

    An exciting intro to the fundamentals of animation. We will be exploring techniques in 2D hand-drawn animation that can later be applied to any animation medium down the road. This intuitive 2D hand-drawn animation workshop will allow you to explore and foster your creativity. Beginning with simple but important concepts like Timing and Spacing, Squash […]

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