• Session: Dec 9th & 10th (9am – 1pm)
  • Instructor: Steve Chmilar
  • Experience: All welcome
  • Ages: 16+
  • Cost: $160

This course is for anyone new to oil painting, portrait painting or both. On the first day, we will focus on rudimentary exercises that simplify the face and head into basic shapes (sections of value). Like the beginner portrait drawing class, the focus will be first understanding how to portray “a” head or face rather than the daunting task of capturing an exact likeness. On the second day, we will use the knowledge from day one to create a basic alla prima (all in one session) portrait painting from a carefully chosen reference selected by the instructor. Students are invited to bring in their own reference photos as well for additional tips.

Steve Chmilar is one of Canada’s foremost New Contemporary painters. Since his debut show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 2011, he has painted full-time by selling his work internationally to private collectors. In 2012, he won best in show at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit (Canada’s largest juried exhibition) and Prix De La Meilleure Oeuvre (Prize for Best Work) Mtl en Arts in Montreal. Please view Steve’s bio in the instructors tab for more information.

Please note: We maintain small class sizes to ensure a personalized and welcoming environment. Each student will have their own table to create on in a large, well lit 900 sq ft studio with lots of natural light studio.