Once a month, a weekend workshop is offered based on a specialised topic. Students comprise both regular students of the Atelier, and drop-in students, some of whom are beginners, intermediates or even practicing artists.

Drawing Texture

Texture is the final finish to drawings that mesmerize the viewer with awe.  It is mostly used in still life, to capture the feel and pattern of old wood, cracked leather, rusty metal and smoky glass.  But the same principles apply to beautifully understated lines, wrinkles, creases and skin folds on older models.  Mastering texture is an indispensable tool in your drawing arsenal.

Classes are held in February

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Reverse Drawing

Reverse drawing takes the opposite approach to the usual Classical drawings at the Atelier, and builds the forms in the lights using successive layers of white chalk on black paper.  It is a fun method, and the result is that the form appears to emerge out of darkness and depth.  This method is similar to those used by Baroque painters, such as Caravggio and Gentileschi,  to describe the volume of the form with successive layers of lead white before ever applying colour.  These skills can also be transferred to Scratch Art for a stunning graphic look.

Classes are held in March

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Introduction to Bargue Drawing

In this introduction to Academic Drawing, students will learn classical methods of drawing that are fundamental to all good work.  The drawing course developed by Charles Bargue has been the gold standard of European classical training in art. It is designed to teach drawing methods of portrait and figure drawing to artists of all levels.  It takes students through all the steps needed to understand and produce works of great accuracy and beauty. Masterful demonstrations are combined with supervised hands-on application by students. Using a well-tested step by step method artists learn  how to judge shapes and values correctly and how to reproduce them. These are fundamental skill that can be readily applied to any subject matter in any medium.

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Introduction to Bargue Drawing

– Lorraine Yigit

Students may learn to do Bargue Drawing during Open Studios, which are held Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays 2-5 pm on an ongoing basis. Students can register anytime, and choose one day a week, and pay monthly. It’s estimated that a Level 1 Bargue Drawing would typically take 6 weeks.



“We are so fortunate to have such a gifted maestro in Vancouver. I have studied under Mandy for over six months now and am truly inspired by her incredible talent and her ability to share her knowledge in such a comprehensive way. The time spent in Mandy’s atelier is time well spent.”

– Mary N.

“Mandy is a born teacher. I don’t know a single student who hasn’t progressed, in some cases, massively, under her patient and thought-provoking training.  Trust me, you will learn “how” to draw.”

– Jo-Ann T.