Saturday, May 15, 2010

Justin Ogilvie class, DRAWING to PAINTING the PORTRAIT, Vancouver

Due to popular demand, I am offering another 6 week course at BASIC INQUIRY this coming June 7th.

"DRAWING- to- PAINTING the PORTRAIT" is a fundamental course for the learning portrait artist. A detailed course description and 2 images are provided below.

Seats are limited and have been filling up with velocity as of late, so let me know at your earliest convenience if you are up for this course.
Special Offer: If you bring a friend, I am offering a $50 deduction off your seat!!

Mondays @ 6:00-9:00 pm
June 7th, 14th, 28th
July 5th, 12th, 26th
(at Basic Inquiry Life Drawing Center, Vancouver, BC)

“This is an essential course for the learning portrait artist!”

In this fundamental course, students explore portraiture through the disciplines of both drawing and painting. The first half of the course (A) “Drawing the Portrait” flows directly into the second half (B) “Painting the Portrait”. In both disciplines emphasis is placed upon achieving realism and learning the classical techniques of the Old Masters. And for those that are ready, we explore various abstract approaches in search of more expressive portraiture.

A) Drawing the Portrait:
In the first 3 classes, students explore how to draw the portrait using the classical techniques of the Old Masters. The portrait is examined as an anatomical, gestural and expressive entity. In working from the live model, the focus of each class is how to draw the facial features from different angles- perhaps the most challenging aspect of portraiture. In addition, we will examine how to draw hair, wrinkles and the shoulder girdle as they are integral to portraiture. We will address the technical and expressive use of line, value, 3-dimensional form, figure-ground, and abstract mark making. Increased realism will make its way naturally into both your drawings and paintings.

B) Painting the Portrait:
In the final 3 classes, students learn how to paint the portrait using the classical techniques of the Old Masters. Both the live model and photography will be used as students learn how to paint flesh tones using the fundamentals of color theory. Emphasis will be placed upon paint application: thin-to-thick, dark-to-light, dull-to-bright as well as how to blend smoothly and apply expressive brushstrokes. Students will learn how to make a painting in a single sitting as well as how to work through a long painting. We will build the portrait through underpainting, grisaille, glazing, impasto as well as a little abstraction…to add a little spice and personal expression!

Each class includes individual and group critiques, lectures, demonstrations as well as art historical discussions. Also included is a suggested body of homework assignments.
Note: “Materials List” provided upon registration


  1. This guy is a great teacher. You should go and take his portrait class in Vancouver.

  2. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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  3. I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

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