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Expressive Portraiture
Expressive Portraiture Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
$ 299.00
3 available


This eight week in-person session will focus on painting techniques in portraiture. All types of paints and drawing media are welcome. Students will learn about mixing techniques, different media, and the basics of painting on different supports and how to prepare these supports. Found objects are possibilities, as well as paper, wood panels, and canvas for supports. We will work on multiple surfaces at once; combining surfaces and approaches to create several pieces in a contemporary context. There will be one drawing class with a live model. Some painting experience is recommended to gain the most from this class. Group painting critiques at the end of class will be part of the class structure. Participants are encouraged to bring in several head and shoulders portrait images or family portrait images”. Also, at the beginning of each class, a different contemporary portrait artist will be introduced such as Shelley Adler and Alice Neel.

Supply List

-18” x 24” newsprint OR cartridge paper

-Pencils 2H – 8B (Staedtler is best) or any pencils you have

-Acrylic brushes ( suitable- for acrylic paint), thin , thick , detail

-Paper towel or rags
-Mixing palette – can use styrofoam plates (have at least 2 plates or trays)

-Acrylic Paints in Tubes in ultramarine blue, medium cadmium red, light cadmium yellow, emerald green, raw sienna, burnt umber, mars black, titanium white paint, acrylic matt medium, small jars with lids (such as baby food jars)

-One  18”x24” canvas OR  one 24”x24” canvas

Please note this is an in-person class. All of our staff are fully vaccinated. Proof of both vaccinations is required for participants coming into the studio for classes. View our full COVID protocols here.  




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Your Instructor

Elizabeth Greisman

(BFA, B.Ed)

Elizabeth studied at York University and graduated with a degree in Visual Arts and Education. She studied Dance Education at the Laban Centre in London and graduated from Ryerson University in Landscape Design. Since 2001 she has participated in yearly international residencies where she developed collaborations in art, dance, poetry, music, theatre, creative writing and cuisine. Elizabeth is a practicing painter, curator and visual arts administrator who has worked both internationally and in Toronto with a studio at Wychwood Barns. She has exhibited 5 years at Spadina Museum during Nuit Blanche in Toronto, the Canadian Embassy in Dublin, and has had shows in Marnay sur Seine France including two garden installations and an illustrated cookbook based on seasonal fruits, flowers and vegetables.

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