Workshops

Class size is limited, and students may join anytime, space permitting.

During the Academic year, weekend workshops are offered about once a month. The topic of each workshop is unique, with a focus on specialized areas of interest. Past workshops that have been very popular include Drawing Hair, Painting Facial Features, Working from Photographs, Texture, Reverse Drawing, Alla Prima Portraits, Figure Sketch amongst many others. Normally each workshop topic will only be offered once, and will not be repeated.

Class size is between 6 and 12. Usually there is a mix of new and regular atelier students. Workshops take place on Saturday all day and Sunday morning. There is a one-hour lunch break on Saturday. Students are able to bring their own lunch or go to one of the many restaurants nearby.

Homework is not assigned but extra handouts are distributed so that students may continue practicing what they learned in their own time.

Introduction to Oil Painting

This is a comprehensive and hands-on guide to Classical Oil Painting. Starting with materials, students will learn about different kinds of oil paint, mediums, solvents, grounds, canvases, linens, and wood supports. We will examine brushes, and the kind of brushwork that each variation can produce, and we will cover care and storage of all materials and finished work.

The workshop will continue with the principles of oil painting, both direct and indirect methods, and glazing techniques.

Students will be given a series of simple exercises to practice values, compositions and colour mixing.

Fall 2018

Reverse Drawing

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Fall 2018

October 20 & 21

Saturday 10am – 5pm with one hour lunch break

Sunday 10am – 1pm


$210 including GST

 

 

 

Drawing Animals

In this fun workshop, students will be guided in drawing their favourite animals. A variety of domestic and exotic animal drawing will be offered, including horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, wolves, and others. Some animals will be in repose, and others in action poses, and yet others will be details of portraits only.

We will focus on shapes, gesture and expression, and how to depict those with line drawing, as well as with nicely rendered values. Line drawings can be beautifully articulated and stand as completed works of art in their own right.

Fur, pattern and texture of different animals will also be covered.

Fall 2018

Reverse Drawing

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Fall 2018

November 17 & 18

Saturday 10am – 5pm with one hour lunch break

Sunday 10am – 1pm


$210 including GST

Facial Expression

Using some of the Anatomy from the May workshop, this weekend takes an in-depth look at the action of those muscles that convey a range of expressions, from neutral to happiness, sadness, anger, joy, fear, surprise, disgust and more.  Not only does the mouth move for all of these, but so do eyes, cheeks, brow, forehead and even the nose and neck.  Students step up their game from likeness to expression and narrative.

Classes will be held in the Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Reverse Drawing

– Mandy Boursicot

 

This workshop will likely take place in the Spring of 2019
Exact dates TBA

Testimonials:

“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.