A growing number of artists believe drawing is essential for
all good art and they concur with renowned Renaissance artist
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 -1564) that it should be "plain
to all, design or drawing as it is called by another name, constitutes
the fountainhead and substance of painting and sculpture and architecture
and every other kind of creative expression."
Society of Canada was founded to protect that fountainhead through
a carefully planned strategy to preserve and promote drawing as
the most intimate form of visual arts.
AOCA, founder of the Drawing Society of Canada, became increasingly
aware of the almost impossible task of fine art drawing to emerge
from the shadows of painting and sculpture. After 35 years of
drawing in the classical tradition he realized the challenge to
keep the incredible traditions of fine art drawing alive was formidable.
The need to promote the beauty of drawing and to preserve the
discipline of creative expression became evident.
Society of Canada is an answer to that challenge with a mandate
to preserve and promote drawing's Renaissance legacy and valuable
traditions into the new millennium.