Abstracting the Figure with Brian Smith

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April 12 to 14, 2019

This two day workshop will develop the student’s eye for abstraction, for the simple shapes of the human form, and to compose pleasing, satisfying paintings from these shapes. Working with a professional model each day and a broad range of materials, students will be encouraged to, and given permission to, PLAY. This workshop is recommended for acrylic painters.

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Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

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About Brian Smith

Brian Smith graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada in 1969. For over 40 years he has been both a professional, award-winning graphic designer and a practicing fine artist focusing on classical drawing and painting from the figure. Brian has taught classes and workshops on life drawing, portraiture and figurative abstraction for over 20 years.

I have been drawing and painting the human form for close to fifty years now and I continue to derive an enormous amount of pleasure from it. Whether a classical drawing of the nude in sanguine chalk or a more whimsical drawing of a group of figures in compressed charcoal or an abstracted painting of the figure, the thrill of the human form and the challenge of recording and interpreting that form and its gestures and surfaces keeps bringing me back daily. I am an artist because the human form inspires.

Learn more about Brian Smith at http://www.drawn2life.com


Friday, April 12, 2019
7 – 9 pm
$5 for members, $10 for non-members
Maximum 30 attendees


Saturday & Sunday,
April 13 and 14, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm each day
$60 for members, $100 for non-members
Maximum 10 attendees

Supply List (TBA)


Kensington Art Supply
120, 6999 11 Street S.E.,
Calgary, AB, T2H 2S1

8 Responses

  1. Pamela J Leiper
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    I am interested in Brian’s demo, April 12th.

    • Pamela Jones
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      Registration will open March 20 at 6 pm. You can register under Shop > Workshops and Demos.

  2. Fran Schlosser
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    I want to register for work shop please!!

  3. Tracy Proctor
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    I just saw this this morning and I am not sure that anyone has responded to you. Registration for the workshop and demo opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. You can log back on at that time. go to shop and choose Brian’s demo.

  4. Sherryll Coyne - Galbraith
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    I have a 2019 “ active” status membership but not a Calgary membership. Can I still get the member rate for the workshop and demonstration?

    • Pamela Jones
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      Thanks for your interest in the workshop. Only members of the FCA Calgary Chapter can purchase workshops at the members rate.

      • Sherryll
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        Hi Pamala,
        What is the cost to join the Calgary chapter ,( as a active member )and to whom do I make payment?

        • Pamela Jones
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          You can pay for membership online. Look under Shop > Purchase or Renew Membership and select the 2019 Membership. You can choose between Supporting Membership ($25) or Active Membership ($50).

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