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1435 North Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-2278

New Workshops

2 workshops over 3 days offered from Deirdre Shibano

Day 1 - April 9th 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm

drawing the Portrait

IN THIS DRAWING WORKSHOP,  we will revisit the method of scaffolding the head in order to find the proportions of the head and face. We will also focus on the structure of individual features of the head and face including: eyes, nose, mouth and ears. We will approach the challenging facial features from two various angles: Straight on and semi-profile.

$60.00 …  Drawing materials are included in the fee

Please bring your lunch with you!  We have a fridge & microwave etc.

*  You must pre-register to attend: call, email CAC or pay with paypal link above at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions about the workshop contact Deirdre:   cell:  510 734-3818

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Day 2 & 3, April 10th & 11th 2019 10:00am - 4:30pm

Classical Approach to Portrait Painting

Lulu portrait in process

Lulu portrait in process


 DAY 1 April 10th - Painting the model from Life:

Using scaffolding and comparative measurement techniques, we will create an underpainting during the first session of the day.

We will explore the use of and importance of creating thumbnail sketches to decide on composition and placement of the figure or portrait.  We will note that the background is an important component of creating depth, movement, and mystery.

In the second part of the first day, we will apply "dead" color... noting the planes of the face or figure.

 DAY 2 April 11th:

We will revisit our painting with fresh eyes...  Our goal will be to develop the planes by marrying the edges and soften the planes without losing the structure.  We will apply another, more accurate layer of color, and take note of the edges and integration into the background.  We will focus on lost edges and creating a mood in the painting so that our painting breathes ...

An additional goal will be to create a focal point with either contrast or temperature of color.

There is so much to learn ... so much to do!

I hope to see you all again for another adventure into a Classical Approach to Portrait Painting

FEE -   $150. for both days... Fee amount includes the model fee.

A supply list will be available upon registration with Calistoga Art Center

Please feel free to contact me with any questions

Please bring your lunch with you!  There is a fridge & microwave etc.  

Easels and tables/stools will be provided   cell:  510 734-3818