Contemporary Portraiture with Brian Smith November 2020 – CANCELLED

November 6 to 8, 2020

This exciting portraiture painting course will develop your ability to capture the likeness of any model in acrylics or oils. Starting with an understanding of the shapes and planes of the face, portrait composition, value studies through to monochromatic paintings, you will advance to expressive paintings of the model in a full palette. Works by a variety of artists will be discussed throughout the course.


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About Brian Smith

Brian Smith graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada in 1969. For over 40 years he has been both a professional, award-winning graphic designer and a practicing fine artist focusing on classical drawing and painting from the figure. Brian has taught classes and workshops on life drawing, portraiture and figurative abstraction for over 20 years.

I have been drawing and painting the human form for close to fifty years now and I continue to derive an enormous amount of pleasure from it. Whether a classical drawing of the nude in sanguine chalk or a more whimsical drawing of a group of figures in compressed charcoal or an abstracted painting of the figure, the thrill of the human form and the challenge of recording and interpreting that form and its gestures and surfaces keeps bringing me back daily. I am an artist because the human form inspires.

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Friday, November 6th, 2020
7 – 9 pm
$5 for members, $10 for non-members
Maximum 30 attendees


Saturday & Sunday,
November 7th and 8th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm each day
$60 for members, $100 for non-members
Maximum 10 attendees

Supply List


Kensington Art Supply
120, 6999 11 Street S.E.,
Calgary, AB, T2H 2S1

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