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Drawing for Painting

with Lalita Hamill

Dates: Sat/Sun Nov 5/6th

Time:  10am – 4:30pm with 30 min lunch


When drawing for painting we will use the shapes created by a brush and paint instead of the point created by a pencil. Artists who develop their ability to draw have many advantages over those who do not. For example, good drawing skills improve:

·       Confidence – this is key, because your confidence level affects everything to do with your painting, especially the brushwork, mark-making, and mood!

·       Observation – Instead of painting what you think you see, you paint what you actually see as well as what you know.

·       Accuracy – the more one actively draws with a brush to render shapes in correct relation to other shapes, the more accurate, expressive, and interesting your paintings will become.

·       Interpretation – instead of being literal, the artist knows what to leave out as well as how and when to distort ‘reality’.

A common reason artworks are declined from juried shows is the artist’s under-developed ability to draw. Some paintings have issues with perspective, proportion, shape, and scale (such as a person being too small for the plane of space they occupy), while others appear stagnant and lifeless, often because the artist ‘painted within their lines’ and didn’t dare lose an edge for fear of not getting it back.

This workshop consists of demos, exercises, and studies specifically designed to help you develop key drawing knowledge and skills.  Main topics will include the following:

·       Comparative measurements for accuracy

·       Plumb and level

·       Photos vs. life – camera distortion

·       Perspective

·       Proportion

·       Scale & Size

·       Pulling it all together

·       Self-assessment techniques

·       How to recover when things go ‘sideways’


·       Regular oil or acrylic supplies, including

o   Brushes – a variety of shapes and sizes that you use most often

o   Paints – a variety of colours you tend to use, at least 3 yellows, 3 reds, 3 blues, titanium white, and either burnt sienna, burnt umber, or raw umber.

o   Palette – 1 large or 2 small

§  Solvents – Acrylic painters see below. Oil painters will need odourless mineral spirits (such as Gamsol) and oil (such as linseed, walnut or poppy).

·       4 canvases in a variety of sizes (min 8”x10”, max 12”x 16”), depending on how quickly and large you tend to paint.

·       1 pencil and eraser

·       Easel

·       Small palette knife (for mixing paint)

·       Pen & paper for notes

·       Directional light for still life (optional)

·       Camera (optional)

The instructor will provide:

·       Charcoal sticks

·       Reference photos

·       Still life objects

·       Extension cords


Acrylic painters are recommended to have a small bottle of Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (see image below - matte, satin or gloss) because it has retarder in it and extends the amount of time you can paint before it dries.

Some kind of a ‘blender’ brush is recommended. Lalita prefers the series 444 1” blender brush from Rosemary & Co in the UK.


Cost & Status

  • CAN$225.00
  • CAN$275.00 with Non member workshop fee
Spots Available:
5 spots available
Registration Open Since:
2022-06-28 00:00:00
Registration Closed Since:
2022-10-29 23:59:00
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