Workshops




Upcoming Workshops


Intermediate/Advanced
Portrait Painting
From a Live Model


Join David in Ladysmith
March 6-8, 2019
(max. 10 students)
Sign up at 250-245-6424
before Feb. 7/18
The last Ladysmith workshop filled quickly.
Materials list: click here

This workshop is for those who are comfortable with the basics of portrait painting such as the proportions of the head and who are comfortable drawing.

Painting ala prima from life, we will explore concepts of composition, warm & cool pallettes, how to use edges to create focus, colour mixing, materials and supports, etc.

There are demonstrations every step of the way. With clear step-by-step, hands-on instructions, a wealth of technical tips, continuous demonstrations, and personal instruction at each student’s easel, David will show students how to approach the challenges of portraiture with confidence. Questions are encouraged at all times.

Workshops are all about learning from each other and having fun while doing it!

Upcoming Workshops


Portrait Painting
From Life
All Levels


Join David at the Coast Collective in Victoria
April 12-14, 2019
(max. 10 students)
Sign up: classes@coastcollective.ca
Materials list: click here

This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Working from live models, we will explore the basic proportions of the head; drawing convincing features; using tone to describe form and structure; and all that goes into making a lively, engaging portrait. Working alla-prima, we’ll begin in black and white paint, to help us grasp tonal concepts. We will progress the second day to colour, beginning with a demo in colour and discussions of media, my colour palette, and colour mixing. Students will then work on a head-and-shoulders colour study. The third day gives us more time to consider composition, accurately draw the figure in paint and consider the problem of hands.

There are demonstrations every step of the way. With clear step-by-step, hands-on instructions, a wealth of technical tips, continuous demonstrations, and personal instruction at each student’s easel, David will show students how to approach the challenges of portraiture with confidence. Questions are encouraged at all times. What are the basic proportions of the human face? What lines up with what? How does it all fit together and how do we translate the reality of another person into paint?

Workshops are all about learning from each other and having fun while doing it!

 

What to Expect


Art is for sharing. Teaching has been a path of giving back, sharing knowledge, study and growth for me ever since I became a professional artist.

I have taught in schools, colleges, summer programs , art clubs and societies across North America. I enjoy it- and student evaluations consistently tell me I am good at it. It has enriched my life as an artist.

I offer a variety of workshops throughout the year, ranging from one, two or three days, to a full five day program, covering either portrait painting, figure painting or basic oil techniques [ focusing on still life motifs]. Classes can be tailored for beginners or advanced students. Last year I took a group to Spain, painting the landscape plein air and several portraits of local characters, over 12 days. I hope to again.

Whatever the subject, I teach by example, through continual demonstrations and hands-on individual attention to each students work.

All my workshops begin with a talk on why we are doing what we are about to do, what our aims will be and the key information I hope to communicate, followed by an initial demonstration.

A one day portrait workshop covers basic drawing of the head, the importance of tone, building the big shapes and rendering a lively alla prima head study. Over two days I stress the vital role tone plays in creating form and space, beginning in black and white paint, then progressing to colour. On the second day students paint a more developed study using the full palette of colours.

Whatever the subject, I talk about the technical aspects of handling oil paint, why I love it, techniques that make it work for you,the use of mediums and the range of expression the paint offers. I discuss proportions, composition, the interplay of lights and darks, warms and cools, tips to render convincing features and how to use the colours in my suggested palette. Although this is the focus of my basic oil techniques course, this information is often demanded by students painting anything.

A five day workshop gives time and scope to make tonal and temperature studies, to explore the use of glazes and to develop several head studies and a final more finished piece, whether portrait ,or figure. It is a chance to more fully explore the techniques that can really make a picture come alive.

Musings from the Studio

David Goatley in the National Gallery London

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