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Fall Portrait Workshop

Don Kilby Instructor

Oct 19 and 20  9:00 to 4:00

Oct 26 and 27  9:00 to 4:00

Cost $320

The focus on this 4 day workshop will be to assist students in advancing their skills as portrait artists.  Over the duration of the program, 2 portraits will be executed by each student.   The first will be a limited colour study, with attention given to achieving a 3 dimensional look.  The second will be a full colour piece, based on reference supplied by each student.

Throughout the course, a variety of techniques and approaches to portraiture will be discussed and studied.  Students will be encouraged to bring along examples of portrait work they admire for analysis.   Critiques, both individual and as a group, will be utilized to evaluate and recog-nize both accomplishments and areas needing further work.

At all times, a relaxed, informal and fun environment will be the order of the day. 

• introduction of instructor and students
• discuss workshop goals + objectives
• discussion of guidelines and measuring tools used to layout basic portrait study
• create a portrait study using dry media on paper
• evaluation of various wet media and painting surfaces typically used in
• begin limited colour portrait study

Day 2
• facial detail study based on other students reference
• return to limited colour portrait study
• finish limited colour portrait study
• final critique and discussion of next weeks' requirements

Day 3
• review samples of portraits as supplied by class and teacher
• create sketch of portrait subject, focusing on composition and tonal variety and background treatment
• begin laying out final portrait
• continue working on final portrait
• critique of work to date

Day 4
• short facial detail study, executed from a different reference
• return to final portrait
• continue working on final portrait
• conclusion of in class portrait/group critique
• discussion of workshop results and possible directions for further advancement as portrait artists

About the instructor

Don Kilby has a background as a commercial artist, working for many years as a freelance il-lustrator.  Although his artwork could be found in many different
applications; from corporate to editorial, he eventually focused his efforts towards book illus-tration.  Don has illustrated over one dozen picturebooks as well as creating artwork for many book jackets. 
In recent times, Don has redirected his artistic efforts towards establishing
himself as a fine artist.  His paintings have won numerous awards at juried
exhibitions and can be found in both private and institutional collections. 

Throughout his career as a professional artist, Don has taught art in many
different venues, from community college to private schools and art groups.


Paint with George
May 14, 21,
June  4 and 18
Sept 3 and 17


The sessions are free to members – non-members may be welcomed upon payment of a $20 daily fee.

Dates: May 14, May 21, June 4 , June 18, Sept 3, Sept 17.

Time : 9:00 to noon...may continue into the afternoon


Describe this as an interactive group painting from life, indoors and out. The idea is to paint together from life, something in which I firmly believe and the opportunity to discuss painting approaches and results. That means outside for landscapes, inside for still life in bad weather. Outdoor equipment has to be considered, so we will start inside. Once outside, I will have little view finders and my practical colour wheel on hand. The rest will develop informally.

I can help the process along showing why painting from life is so important, and focus on the painting process from concept to shapes, value, colour, paint, and edges. My role would be to help coordinate activity and start art discussions

The environment will be casual and we will finish off each day with a show and tell. These can be a lot of fun and a good learning forum.



Outline David Bishop’s Photography Workshop
June 22  -9:00 a.m  until…..
Cost  $75.00

1.  An introduction to wildlife and nature photography.
2.  Expose, compose and focus. Avoiding common problems and learning how to " read the shot ". " Auto is not always right !
3.  How to recognize, capture and prepare, and finally take home that elusive National Geo " cover shot ".
4.  Action photography. An in depth look at the tricks of the trade. How to enhance your speed, and be prepared for the shot before it happens. Stop fumbling with controls. Missing that "elusive moment" will be a thing of the past.
5. The "Magic of Light". It changes the way others see your image and how to use it to your advantage. How to make the most of the " Golden Hours ," and why you should keep shooting even after they're gone.
6.  Equipment. What you really need to bring, and what you should leave at home. Which lenses you'll keep reaching for and the others " you won't ".  Matching equipment to your type of photography, and how to set it up.
7.  Simple editing and how it can help bring your image to life. Keeping it real and minimizing the change.  Cropping and composition. Shadows and Highlights. Slightly sharpened and done!  How not to over do it !
8.  An open forum to answer those questions you've been itching to ask.
9.  Relocate to the outdoors, weather permitting for some " How To " and hands on shooting.