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Accelerated Portraiture Training

IMPORTANT NEW FLEXIBILTY: STUDENT HAS OWN SCHEDULE

MODULES 1, 2, 4 AND 5 are all CONTINUOUS and can be taken ANY Tuesday afternoon and/or evening at Gary’s Studio. (7 Labatt Ave., Toronto, ON, M5A1Z1) Each student can attend and do the lessons as is convenient. This means that one can begin at any time.

The total training consists of 5 result oriented modules. Each guaranteed to greatly improve your portraiture understanding and skills on a different aspect.

Learn the art of portraiture and how to paint like the masters! Over the five course curriculum, you will get a solid foundation of anatomy for portraits, rendering 3D form, drawing from life, capturing the model’s essence, sensitivity to value and colouring flesh with oil paint. By the end of these five courses you will have done several portraits from drawings, photos, and life. You will learn techniques using pencil, soft pastel, and oil paint. Your personal skills and sensitivities will be finely tuned to a high level. You will become a Pro at seeing value, temperature, colour, and just as important, capturing and expressing the essence of the models. BE PREPARED TO ASTOUND YOURSELF!

Location: 7 Labatt Ave., Studio 104B, Toronto, M5A 1Z1 near Shuter St. and River St.
NOTE: Doors are locked after 5:00PM. To be let in, please call Gary at 416-910-5535

Parking: Students use the free ROVER Parking app to find available parking (usually right next door in the Salvation Army parking lot. There is easy TTC access. The closest TTC stops are River st. on the Dundas Bus or River St. on the Queen St. East line

Time: The standard scheduled time is every Tuesday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or 6:30PM to 9:00PM. These times can be adjusted.

Payment: Call or text 416-910-5535 or email gary@escapewithgary.com for e-transfer details

drawn portrait of man

Module 1: See & Draw with Accuracy (slowly and carefully)

This module or prior Academy training are a prerequisite for the other modules except #3.

This addresses the skills foundation important for all visual artists. Understand the features of the head and face and how to render these forms in 3D. Lots of homework will be given plus practice from CLASSICAL DRAWINGS.
Standard Times: Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or 6:30PM to 9:00PM. (Flexible)
Location: 7 Labatt Avenue Studio 104B, Toronto. M5A 1Z1 near Shuter St. and River St.
Fee:
$320

profile portrait

Module 2: Draw Like the Masters (analytically)

Learn the ‘3 Colour Technique’ from the masters such as Holbein, Raphael and Watteau on toned paper (eraser & colour pencils and prepared paper supplied). Focus on drawing the portrait, features, shadows & organizing colours and temperature from drawings and photographs. Learn different drawing techniques such as Massing and Hatching. Students will learn from demonstrations and video.
Standard Times: Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or 6:30PM to 9:00PM. (Flexible)
Location: 7 Labatt Avenue Studio 104B, Toronto. M5A 1Z1 near Shuter St. and River St.
Fee: $320

painted portrait of woman

Module 3: Soft Pastels/Live Models Per Lesson Drawing Fast and Creatively

Focus on catching the feeling of the model by use of selection, exaggeration, colours and edges. This module is open to ALL artists! use your creativity in portraiture using soft pastes. Practice from live models in every class. Essence not accuracy is the ultimate goal of this module. 
Standard Times: Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or 6:30PM to 9:00PM. (Flexible)
Location: 
7 Labatt Avenue Studio 104B, Toronto. M5A 1Z1 near Shuter St. and River St.
Fee:
$420

man painting on canvas

Module 4: Sensitivity to VALUE ~ GRISAILLE in Oils

In this intro to the classical approach to oil painting each student will work on one grisaille portrait, rendering the value one for the entire session from a photo.
Standard Times: Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or 6:30PM to 9:00PM. (Flexible)
Location: 
7 Labatt Avenue Studio 104B, Toronto. M5A 1Z1 near Shuter St. and River St.
Fee:
$380

painting of child

Module 5: Colouring Your Portraits

Module #5 will be in oils focusing on how to paint flesh and the techniques of dry brush, scumbling and glazing.
Standard Times: Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or 6:30PM to 9:00PM. (Flexible)
Location: 
7 Labatt Avenue Studio 104B, Toronto. M5A 1Z1 near Shuter St. and River St.
Fee:
$315