What’s On

Portraiture – From Drawing to Painting

April 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – May 1, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
Maury Young Arts Centre
4335 Blackcomb way
Arts Whistler
Portraiture – From Drawing to Painting @ Maury Young Arts Centre

Instructor: Angela Muellers
Date: Mondays, April 10, 17, 24 & May 1 | 4 weeks |4 classes
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Maury Young Arts Centre
Ages: Adults 18+ (Intermediate/Advanced)
Cost: $45/class (Arts Whistler member) $55/class (non-member)
*Students are required to sign up for all 4 classes $180 member/$220 non-member

Become an Arts Whistler member

Register today

This course is for intermediate and advanced artists who want to take their drawing and painting to the next level. Learn about light source, composition, and the technical skills of drawing of painting the portrait. During this workshop you will discover the skill of comparative measurement essential to draw a portrait from life – the likeness is found in the proportions. Course content will focus on the stages of how to construct a drawing and painting. Every participant will gain a deeper understanding of form, shape, value, shadow, and light families.


  • Three hours each week of drawing and painting instruction
  • A small class environment of a maximum of 15 students
  • A live model to draw and paint from each class
  • Easels are provided
  • Learn comparative measurement. The stages of drawing and painting.
  • How to construct form, shapes, value, shadow, and light families.

These principles will be taught by demonstration and individualized instruction. The first evening everyone will begin with a graphite pencil and paper drawing. Most artists greatest struggle with painting is drawing – the aim of this workshop is to improve student’s ability to draw before beginning the painting segment of the workshop. We will have the same model for the entire four weeks so participants have the option to draw for the entire workshop or paint for two or three of the course evenings.

Students are required to purchase their own materials. A model will be provided.

Angela Muellers is a local artist with 30 years experience. She has completed ten years of full time studies at three schools with several workshops from American artists. She has been a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s competition and won a purchase award. She lives and teaches on going courses in Brackendale.


Drawing supplies:

  • Graphite pencils  2b, hb, 2h
  • White chalk pencil if using paper with a slight tone. (If using white not needed)
  • Kneaded erasure
  • Exacto knife
  • Sand paper #220 or finer
  • Paper: Stonehenge paper – cream, white, grey, or fawn. OR a sheet of smooth paper 22×30”
  • Knitting needle – 12” long thinner is best
  • Drawing board 1/8 masonite 24×32, clips

Painting supplies:

  • Knitting needle
  • Palette
  • Mahl stick
  • Preferably linen oil primed canvas
  • Cotton acrylic canvas with an extra layer of gesso
  • Rags
  • Gamsol (must use this product as thinner as it is the least toxic to use in a studio setting)
  • Dipper cup with lid

(must be artist quality as student grade does not have real pigment)

  • Flake white (not hue) (titanium does not produce chromatic skin tones)
  • Yellow Ochre pale
  • Cadmium Red light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Pthalo Green
  • Ivory or Mars Black


  • Bristle brushes FILBERT
  • Range from small 1/8” –1/4”(2-3 of each)– medium1/2”(2-3 of each)
  • large 1” (2 each)
  • 2 small sable (00 or 0) brushes for thin lines
  • 1-fan brush1 18×24 canvas preferably linen.

Up With Art in Squamish has ordered most of the above supplies.


View our workshop cancellation policy