Workshop: Painting the Clothed Figure from Life with Bobbi Dunlop

Oil & Acrylic Painting Workshop for Federation of Canadian Artists.  Note: all demonstrations will be done in oil

This is not a portrait workshop – emphasis on painting the figure.


Oil Painting Demonstration with live model
Friday, November 9th, 2018, 7 – 9 pm
$5 for members, $10 for non-members
Maximum 30 attendees

Saturday &  Sunday, November 10th & 11th, 2018
9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day with live model
$60 for members, $100 for non-members
Maximum 12 attendees

Registration opens on the FCA Calgary website on October 17 at 6 pm


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

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Workshop Details

This workshop is for you …  if you have an interest in experiencing the “joy” of putting brushmarks on canvas  … without labouring over drawing and measuring.

In this two-day, simplified, exciting but challenging milieu, you will be guided through the process of painting the clothed figure from life.

Learn to “look for beauty”. Tell a story in distinctive brushwork, edges and brave paint application, as we focus on putting our lovely model into her ‘space’ on our canvases.

Bobbi’s philosophy is to “keep-ideas-simple – while making bold statements”.  She will share knowledge from her extensive professional artist’s tool-box as you’re guided to discover ‘possibilities’ which will take your work to a new level.

You will walk the steps of creating your visual concept through small value studies, then joyfully apply paint to canvas to realize your idea in a larger format.  All the elements of a strong painting will be emphasized; from creating a concept, to abstract design, shape, value, edges, colour, paint quality and more.

This promises to be a fun and creative 2-day-workshop.

SIMPLE … will be the operative word of the day! Simple, logical and joyful – all at the same time!

Look for lots of personal guidance throughout.  To kick off the weekend, Bobbie will demonstrate an oil painting on Friday evening and there’ll be lots of hands on  personal guidance during this eye opening workshop.

All demos and instruction will be done in oil … acrylic painters are very welcome.

Some experience is necessary – beginner to advanced levels.

This is not a “portrait” workshop per se – if you’ve not had the opportunity to paint the figure before, particularly in an interior setting, this is the workshop to learn.

While this is a stand-alone workshop, it also serves as a springboard to Bobbi’s Still-life/Floral and Portrait workshops and her painting philosophy.

Learn more about Bobbi Dunlop at, or @bobbidunlop (Instagram)