Now Open: Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.



Drawing Insects | The Life of a Dead Tree

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
 – Sunday, July 14, 2019
 | 10:00 am
 – 12:00 pm 
 | Free

Instructor: Matthew Wells
Floor 3


Sunday, June 16, 10am–12pm
Sunday, June 23, 10am–12pm
Sunday, July 7, 10am–12pm
Sunday, July 14, 10am–12pm

Tickets: $45 general admission, $35 member pricing

4-class package: $35/class

Sign up for all four classes and save $40!


Capacity: 15 per class

Age: All ages, children under 12 must be accompanied by a caregiver (an additional ticket is not required)

Artist and Illustrator, Matthew Wells, leads a series of workshops that focus on drawing on insects. Open to all ages and levels, participants will learn the purposes of drawing and documenting biological entities, as well as techniques for rendering the unique contours and vibrant colours of a variety of insect species. Taking place alongside Mark Dion’s exhibition The Life of a Dead Tree, these workshops give participants the opportunity to draw insect specimens that have been cultivated from the tree on display, including the emerald ash borer beetle.

Please bring a small journal or sketchbook. All other materials for the class will be provided.


About the Artist

Matthew Wells is a visual and sound artist based in Toronto.

Mark Dion: The Life of a Dead Tree
Experience The Life of a Dead Tree by Mark Dion through a series of talks, workshops, and guided walks that open up an appreciation for dead trees and the myriad life forms they support.

Learn more about The Life of a Dead Tree (May 24-July 29, 2019)

Image Credit: Mark Dion, The Life of a Dead Tree, Emerald Ash Borer, 2019. Illustration by Matthew Wells. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery New York / Los Angeles. Photograph: Tom Arban Photography Inc.