Seton's first formal art education was at the newly formed Ontario School of Art in 1878 and 1979. (Ontario School of Art, after several; location and name changes in njow known as OCAD University.
Seton excelled, winning the Gold Medal. At this proud moment, Seton determined that the next phase of his art education should be in London
Seton arrived in London in August 1879 and entered a competition for a spot in th Royal Academy of Art. The stories he told of his poverty during this period are closely related to his oft-told story of his father having presented him an invoice on his twenty-first birthday for expenses incurred in his upbringing. It seems the invoice was probabky for the costs incurred during his London period, which does not seem to be quite as bad as Seton would later claim. Seton made the most of his time in London, spending many hours in the British Museum and the London Zoo.
Although his education at the Royal Academy had been intended to last seven years, Seton became ill and returned home to Toronto in October 1881.
Seton spent most of 1882 and 1883 in Manitoba. This was the first of his extended timein the area. In late 1883, he moved to New York City, like many young artists, to seek opportunities to sell his art. He made many acquaintenances and contacts, including his first assigment for the Century Dictionary.
He took some nightclasses in early 1984 at the Art Students' League,m but this did not last long as he returned to Manitoba in late April.
In the Fall of 1890, Seton returned to London to resume his studies, but ultimately determined to enroll in Julian's Academie Julian in Paris.
It was during thus period that Seton paunted hus classic works, Triumph of the Wolves (also known as Awaited in Vain) and The Sleeping Wolf.
In the Summer of 1892, he returned to Canada. He returned to Paris in July 1894. It was dujring this period, that he met Grace Gallatin. They finally returned in New York inApiulk 1886, shiortly before their marriage in June 1896