Winter Learn to Draw: Portfolio Development

Arts Workshop

Workshop Details

Top-Rated Drawing Classes in Toronto

Fall Learn to Draw: Portfolio Development - examples of what you'll learn to draw in this drawing class

The Winter Learn to Draw: Portfolio Development workshop is a great introduction to the fundementals 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 generally improve their drawing abilities (beginner level), upgrade their skills (intermediate level), or as a refresher for those working in creative industries (professional level).

This class constitutes eight FULL days of instruction, with individualized feedback, advice, and guidance on everything you do.



Mornings: Life Drawing with Jock MacRae

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 prominent studios like Disney and Warner Brothers. You’ll be amazed by your progress as you follow a series of exercises designed to get the artist to use touch, empathy and the kinesthetic sense to capture the human form. Materials used include pencil, ink, charcoal, and conte crayon.

Please note that nude models will be used for this class.

Afternoons: Basic composition, free hand & constructive drawing, and perspective with Greg Beettam

Students will begin with an exploration of 2-dimensional design and how it relates to drawing, then move on to perspective and structural drawing of 3-dimensional shapes and environments, first simple and then more complex. Constructive drawing of simple organic shapes and how this relates to structural drawing will be touched on as well.


Please note materials are not included in the class cost. This list includes materials for both the life drawing and perspective portions of the class.

  • Pad of Bond 20-lb paper, 18” x 24”
  • Newsprint
  • Sketchbook (11″ x14″)
  • Pad of coloured construction paper (letter-size)
  • Pencils (H, 2H, 3H, 5H, B, HB, 4B, 6B, 8B)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Conte (2b)
  • Ballpoint pens (black)
  • Sharpie ultra fine point marker (or the equivalent in thickness)
  • Sharpie chisel-tip marker
  • Xacto knife
  • White eraser
  • Kneaded rubber eraser
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler – 24″ Metal – corkback
  • Plastic right-angle triangle (large)

If students are interested in working in these mediums they may also bring charcoal (soft pastels or willow).

About the Instructors

is a skilled illustrator and graphic designer. He has been an art director, has worked in advertising and has extensive experience as a children’s book illustrator, for publishers such as Kids Can Press, Nelsons, Key Porter and Bayard Press, among others. Jock has also been the graphic designer for much of Max the Mutt’s promotional materials, like our annual Course Calendars. Jock is a major part of year one drawing faculty, and also teaches illustration and graphic design for our Illustration & Storytelling for Sequential Arts and Concept Art programs.



Greg Beettam

is a veteran Comic Book/ Graphic Novel artist, freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Writer and Visual Storytelling Expert, with 20+ years experience. Greg co-wrote a comic called Xeno’s Arrow with Stephen Geigen-Miller. In addition to his work in comics, graphic novels and cartooning, he has worked in advertising as a concept artist, specializing in storyboards, story development, script-writing, and presentation design. Greg has been a integral part in the planning, and shares the Coordinator position, for our new Illustration & Storytelling for Sequential Arts 4 year Diploma Program. He is a valuable member of the MTM faculty family.

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Updates re: COVID-19

Last updated Monday, March 23, 7:00PM

Our top priority is to ensure students can finish the year and that they are still getting a proper and excellent learning experience, while also making sure everyone is safe and healthy. 

At this time, we will be moving all diploma courses to an online format for the remainder of the school year. We are working carefully with instructors as we develop a course-by-course plan to ensure students do not miss out on any learning, while also ensuring we do not place any undue burden on our instructors. 

While we are operating online, our physical location and office are temporarily closed.  Please email us at for any inquiries. 
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will post updates here as we get them as well as sending emails to all students and instructors.

We will be moving our Portfolio Reviews and Tours to online-only. 

All planned events, talks, workshops, classes, etc. will not be taking place at the school. We are working hard to have as many things moved online that we can. Keep checking back for updates!