Kailey the collie poses for the AGO’s Life Drawing class. Image by the AGO.
Think life drawing is ruff? Wait till you meet these model canines.
Three times a year, the AGO offers Life Drawing classes for young people age 8–18. Using a variety of models and techniques, these classes teach students drawing skills, from shading to proportion to line and shape. Usually, the class features still objects or live models for young students to draw. And sometimes a very special guest steps in for artistic inspiration — a therapy dog!
The First World War was a time of violence and destruction. It was also a time of rapid changes in military and aviation technology. Photography’s technology also evolved. An AGO exhibition, Photography: First World War, 1914–1918, highlights the fascinating role photography played in the war.
At the time, the millions of photographs taken by military officials, press agencies, soldiers and civilians made the First World War the most photographed war in history. The AGO has nearly 500 albums from this period, thanks to a collection generously donated in 2004 by a private collector, featuring images from different sides of the conflict. Many of the photographs were developed confidentially as highly classified records, offering views of war rarely seen. Read the rest of this entry »
When you visit, you’ll notice the big screen near the show’s exit, showing three film trailers — each of these films is playing this month (for free!) at the AGO’s Jackman Hall as a continuation of the exhibition’s content and themes, as recommended by the Tunirrusiangit curatorial team. Read the rest of this entry »
“Tunirrusiangit” means “their gifts” in Inuktitut – and starting this week Toronto is invited to enjoy the gifts of Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak in the AGO’s retrospective on these two formidable artists.
In the 1950s, Pablo Picasso urged people to do X-rays of one of his works, because there was a lost work underneath. Inspired by that comment, the AGO has undertaken exciting new research about what’s under the surface of La Soupe (1902–3), a Blue Period painting by Picasso, making headlines in the process.
Gifted to the AGO in 1983 by Margaret Dunlap Crang, La Soupe depicts a child reaching toward a bowl held by a solemnly posed woman. But it’s what’s underneath that is capturing everyone’s attention.
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Don’t miss The Stop’s Night Market, an annual fundraiser that brings together the brightest of Toronto’s design, performance, and cuisine-minded creatives to celebrate food and the power of community. This year it will include savoury snacks from more than 65 chefs over two evenings (June 12 and 13). Led by Executive Chef Renée Bellefeuille, the AGO culinary team will be participating once again.
Summer is here and that means camp is just around the corner. The AGO has one of the best kids’ camps in town. And we’re inviting teens ages 15–18 to be camp volunteers to help our counsellors to look after young campers in a fast-paced, fun and art-filled atmosphere.
AGO Summer Art Camp is so much fun that some of our volunteers return to become camp staff. That’s exactly what happened with volunteer extraordinaire Niamh Gyulay. We spoke with Niamh to find out why she’s crazy about camp.
Want to know what’s happening in the world of art and culture? We’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the strange to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler chatter.
Käthe Kollwitz, Sleeping Child in the Lap of her Mother. Charcoal and wash with graphite on wove paper. 34.4 x 45.2 cm. Promised Gift of Dr. Brian McCrindle.
In 2015, Dr. Brian McCrindle, a cardiologist and researcher at The Hospital for Sick Children, made an extraordinary donation to the AGO of 170 prints, drawings and sculptures by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz.