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 SPRING Schedule is now available!
Check out our Spring courses below. Look forward to the inclusion of weekly and single session workshops scheduled for April to June. 

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:
  • Weapon Design for Characters

    July 1, 2021 $400.00 + HST

    “Weapon Design for Characters” – Great design is all about characters and their weapons made specifically for them. In this special workshop, students will learn all about about making great weapons and the step by step process behind creating them. Each class, students will be taught a complete process behind designing weapons for a wide […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to Traditional Animation – Saturdays

    May 15, 2021 $400.00 + HST

    Introduction to Traditional Animation is 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 animation course will allow you to explore and foster your creativity. Beginning with simple but important concepts like Timing […]

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  • ONLINE! Creation and Theory of Creature Design – Saturdays

    May 15, 2021 $400.00 + HST

    “Creation and Theory of Creature Design” – During this workshop, students will learn how to design believable creatures by going over everything from concept and thumbnail sketches, setting up your references, choosing your colour palettes, and the theory behind what makes a believable creature. This workshop is intended for anyone ages 14+ Workshop sessions will […]

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  • ONLINE! Traditional Animation 2 – Tuesdays

    May 18, 2021 $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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  • ONLINE! Who’s That Character? – Tuesdays and Fridays

    June 1, 2021 $400.00 + HST

    “Who’s that Character?” – A workshop dedicated to helping students channel the power of their imagination and get the creative ideas in their heads onto the page! In this 8-week course, we will learn how to imagine and design fun and colorful characters through lessons in Character Design that can be used for Comic Books […]

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  • ONLINE! Single Session Life Drawing – Wednesdays

    May 5, 2021, June 2, 2021, July 7, 2021, July 21, 2021, August 4, 2021, August 18, 2021 $45.00 + HST

    These Single Session Life Drawing workshops focus on the important building blocks 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 workshop follows the teaching methods of the celebrated Kimon Nicolaides, designed to allow anyone to improve […]

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  • ONLINE! Understanding Backgrounds In Comics – Tuesdays

    June 1, 2021 $300.00 + HST

    Ages 13+. MTM alumni-led course.  Like drawing comics but find they might be… Lacking something? Or maybe backgrounds in any illustration just isn’t your strong suit? That’s okay! This workshop is designed to be technically heavy as it will include Perspective and Structural elements to help artists push outside of their comfort zone to develop […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to ZBrush – Thursdays

    June 3, 2021 $575.00 + HST

    Whether you’re looking to develop your current familiarity with 3D modeling and sculpting, or are just starting out, this Introduction to ZBrush workshop will help you develop the skills you need to create a character bust (chest & head)! The first session will include an introduction ZBrush’s User Interface and familiarize you with the main […]

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  • ONLINE! Creating Life Through Light – Thursdays

    June 3, 2021 $200.00 + HST

    “Creating Life Through Light” – Light forms the wonderful and very important base of all visual arts and understanding it can give you the strength and freedom to create the art you want to create. I will take you through the basic mechanisms of light and how they can be used to create realism in […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to Comics Camp – Mon. to Fri.

    July 5, 2021 $85.00 + HST

    AGES 8-14. Beginner Course. MTM alumni-led course.  This beginner friendly comics camp will focus on drawing comics for storytelling!  Through this workshop, students will have the opportunity to layout a story in pictures and frames, learn where to place speech bubbles for ease of reading, and how to make their own short comic from start […]

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  • ONLINE! Creating a Webcomic Series From Start to Finish – Tuesdays

    March 9, 2021 $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 webcomic 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, […]

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  • ONLINE! Spring Learn to Draw: Portfolio Development – Sundays

    May 16, 2021 $875.00 + HST

    Learn to Draw: Top-Rated Drawing Class in Toronto! The Spring Learn to Draw: Portfolio Development workshop is a great introduction to the fundamentals of representational drawing. If you are planning to apply to arts programs, this is a “must” and an opportunity to build your portfolio. It’s also a great opportunity for anyone looking to […]

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  • ONLINE! Spring Extended Portfolio Development Program – Saturdays

    May 29, 2021 $1450.00 + HST

    An Enhanced Art Portfolio Development Program The Extended Portfolio Development Program is designed for those who want to develop basic skills in the hope of applying to colleges or universities for art-based programs. Our main focus will be for people in grades 11 and 12 but also for those looking to get into a creative […]

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  • ONLINE! 3D Modeling and Texture Mapping – An Intro to Blender (Sundays)

    May 23, 2021 $400.00 + HST

    Become a 3D artist using Blender. Blender is an open source 3D modelling suite used around the world. 3D modelling has many practical applications including: digital modelling; texture mapping; environmental design; pre-vis animatics; 3D printing and animation. This course will take you through many of the introductory features of Blender and give you the foundation […]

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  • Fine Art Portfolio Development Summer Intensive Certificate Program

    July 5, 2021 $2430 + H.S.T.

        Introduction to Fine Art Portfolio Development Summer Intensive Certificate Program This workshop will be online!    Upon registration, please submit 3 – 10 current portfolio pieces in a .jpeg format not exceeding more that 1200 x 1200 pixels in size to workshops@maxthemutt.com. Files should be submitted with your name clearly labeled on the […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to World Building – Thursdays

    March 11, 2021 $250.00 + HST

    AGES: 13+. Beginners Welcome. MTM Student-led course. 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 […]

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  • ONLINE! Introduction to Traditional Animation – Saturdays

    February 27, 2021 $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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  • ONLINE! Winter Extended Portfolio Development Program – Saturdays

    February 20, 2021 $1450.00 + HST

    An Enhanced Art Portfolio Development Program The Extended Portfolio Development Program is designed for those who want to develop basic skills in the hope of applying to colleges or universities for art-based programs. Our main focus will be for people in grades 11 and 12 but also for those looking to get into a creative […]

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  • ONLINE! Foundations Program: An Introduction to the Creative Industries – For 2021

    September 25, 2021 $4500.00 + HST

    Help! I Want An Art-based Career! Considering a career change? Or perhaps you are looking for a sense of direction with what work you would like to pursue within current creative industries? This Foundations Program: An Introduction to the Creative Industries course is designed to present you with an introduction to foundational art skills as […]

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