Soft Pastel Portraiture Workshop

Saturday, May 16th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Gary’s E.T.A. Method for Quick Portraits as Easy as 1, 2 , 3
Instructor: Gary Smith
Fee: $135 + HST (includes all materials & Model fees) Any level of drawers are welcome!

Gary has done thousands of portraits throughout his artistic career. The challenge of life portrait drawing is that typically there is only 5 to 15 minutes with a model to complete the work. Through his experience and out of necessity, Gary has developed his own process, called E.T.A. Method, which works amazingly for drawing the quick portraiture.

E.T. A. method stands for:

  1. ESSENCE: the common factor in ALL great art
  2. TRUTH: A Quick Portrait does not mean drawing as fast as you can go. It means being seriously selective. Gary will talk about and demonstrate his method.
  3. ABANDON: As soon as your stated goal has been achieved, you need to let go. 

During this workshop, you will learn Gary’s E.T.A. method and how to quickly capture the essence of the face, select and exaggerate the character, and choose the colours to create a mood. In a morning part, he will show you some sample works and you will also draw fast expressive portraits from the photograph using conté and soft pastels.

The afternoon will begin with a demo by Gary and you will use this method to draw portraits from live models in a short space of time. The day will end with a critique of what was positive and surprising.

Gary will provide an exercise to practice at home to substantially improve your skills in your pace.

Join this fascinating workshop by Gary Smith, and get a great success in your portrait drawings!

Gary Smith
Gary Smith Bio:

Gary Smith has a BA in Fine Art, Teacher Degree and Art Supervisor Certificate. An artist and art coach who is a graduate from The Faculty of Art, Guelph University and teaches Drawing and Painting at LucSculpture, does murals and portrait commissions and exhibits frequently in China. Gary has done a few thousand portraits, beginning when he professionally drew portraits at Expo ’67 in Montreal for 14 hours a day, 7 days a weekHe also offers unique “Escape with Gary Art Workshop here in Canada and abroad.