05. November 2019 - 18:00
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Teen Drawing Workshop Series - Portraits | Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing | Tuesday, 05. November 2019

7 evening classes:
Dates: November 5 - December 17
Time: Tuesdays 6-8pm
Ages: 11-18

Explore realistic and imaginative drawing styles while using mediums from graphite, charcoal, and conte, to soft coloured pencils and artist’s quality markers. This workshop series is ideal for developing skills and building a dynamic portfolio.
Ashley will work with each student at their skill level and help them to grow their unique style while using the elements and principles of art and design.
This series will focus on various subjects including animals, portraits, figure drawing /character design, and fantasy creatures.
In this session we will be developing rendering techniques while focusing on drawing realistic portraits. We will emphasize both proportion and shading to establish form.
All experience levels welcome.

Take one session or take them all...

(September 17 – October 29)
In this session we will concentrate on mark-making to enhance animal drawing skills. We will develop techniques to create fur textures and distinctive eyes to make animals jump right off the page.

(November 5 – December 17)
In this session we will be developing rendering techniques while focusing on drawing realistic portraits. We will emphasize both proportion and shading to establish form. 

Figure Drawing
(January 7 – February 25) Note: No class Feb 18
In this session we will concentrate on building an understanding of anatomy and gesture. Students will have the opportunity to develop their unique character designs and strengthen color and inking techniques.

Fantasy Characters and Creatures
(March 3 – April 21) Note: No class March 24
In this session we will develop imagination, color theory and animal anatomy knowledge to bring fantasy creature and character design skills to the next level.

Teen Drawing – Open Projects
(May 5– June 16)
Develop skills while establishing an individualized style under the guidance of drawing instructor Ashley Gaboury. Have the freedom to create what inspires you and continue to build your portfolio.

Art Instructor Bio - Ashley Gaboury
Even before graduating with a BFA in Studio Arts in 2003 at The University of Lethbridge, Ashley Gaboury worked as an instructor at The Prairie Art Gallery in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Over the past fifteen years, she established herself as a 2-dimensional art instructor, while simultaneously developing as a professional artist. She exudes enthusiasm and passion about drawing and is continually pushing boundaries within her artwork. She creates in a myriad of mediums including watercolour pencils, alcohol-based markers, and acrylics.
The bulk of her work has spiritual undertones, often playing with the dualism of light and dark, and the dichotomy of good and evil.
For the past few years her artwork has evolved to reflect the dramatic impact humans have had on our surroundings, specifically, the domestication of Canis Lupus (wolves) into Canis Lupus Familiars (dogs). In order to better understand the instinctive behaviour patterns of dogs and wolves, she began a comprehensive study and collaboration with The Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Cochrane, Alberta. She creates drawings using watercolour pencil on canvas, with the intention of capturing their instinctual nature, curiosity, and stoicism. She sells fine art prints to raise funds and awareness for the sanctuary.
Ashley Gaboury - Artist Website

Supply List (PDF download)

8.5” x 11" or larger sketchbook 70lb or more
9” x 12” toned grey paper pad or sheets
Set of artist's quality drawing pencils (6 – 12 set)
.01 or.03 Permanent pen black
Brush nib pen - black (Copic or Faber-Castell)
Blending stomp (small)
Charcoal Pencil 2B
Kneaded eraser
White eraser
Click eraser (small) – Factus preferred
Ruler 12"
White gel pen
White colored pencil (Prismacolor)
Brick White or Warm Gray 1 Copic marker
12 – 24 Artist’s quality soft colored pencils (Prismacolor, Faber-Castell or Lyra preferred)
*10 – 12 Artist’s quality markers (Prismacolor or Copic preferred)
*9” x 12” Marker paper pad (Strathmore Kids pad preferred)

Official Event Page: Teen Drawing Workshop - Portraits
Swinton's Art Website: www.swintonsart.com
Address: 7160 Fisher Street S.E. Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 258-3500
Email: info@swintonsart.com