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Portraiture: Beyond the Surface

  • Ultra Marine Art Supply 451 Main Street Tofino, BC Canada (map)
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This workshop seeks to look beyond the technicalities of drawing people and faces and into the essence of what portrait art really is. It is a class about capturing the essence of an individual, a shared moment, an emotion, a connection. Usually we tend to see portraiture as an intimidating and classical art form, but there are many creative ways to approach this practice and unleash your own unique style.

We'll discuss some of the blocks that we have around portraiture, such as technical difficulty, self-judgement, anxiety about what the subject will think of the work, and then we'll look at ways to resolve these challenges. There will be a small discussion and exercise in facial anatomy, setting a basic foundation so that the majority of our time can be about looking beyond the surface and into capturing the essence of a person. Students can expect exercises that look at the dynamics of drawing from life; the difficulties and the benefits. We will specifically be experiencing how we can combine art technique with self-inquiry, noticing how our mental chatter might be limiting our creative expression. It is by working with the mind that we can open up into individual style.

This class aims to give insight into a deeper experience of portrait art, a chance to understand our individual creative blocks, with remedies in how to move past those limitations and into freedom of expression. This is a class for anyone and everyone; we're all human and we're all creative beings.

$35 (supplies included) please bring 3 portrait photographs or images with you, you can also use images on your phone or device.

To SIGN UP email ultramarineartsupply@gmail.com or come by the Ultra Marine Art Supply Store in Tofino, BC.