Traditional Figure Painting with Sarah Lacey

Sarah Marie Lacy is an award-winning artist and teacher based in Ottawa. Known for her accessible, effective and humorous teaching style, she founded & ran the popular figure drawing school “The Drawing Room Studio” for several years pre-pandemic, and is regularly invited to teach at institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada, the National Arts Centre and Algonquin College.

Sarah is endlessly fascinated by the human body in all of its intricacy, subtlety, grace and vulnerability. Her intimate portraits and nudes explore the silent stories that are written on our bones and skin. Trained in classical realism at Studio Escalier in France, she plays with 18th and 19th century artistic traditions but in a modern context, creating oil paintings and graphite drawings of the human body that reference the past but are clearly of contemporary subjects.

Her work has been featured in galleries, museums and magazines across North America and internationally, and she has received several awards & grants, including first place in portraiture for The Artist Magazine’s Annual Competition and first place in the Portrait
Society of America’s “View of Self” competition.

Get practical skills & knowledge to make immediate improvements in your figure painting! This 5 day workshop is suitable for serious beginners through advanced students.   It will focus on colour, value and brushwork and how to use these elements to create more realistic and accurate figure paintings.

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We will tackle these topics in depth by creating a colour study and then working from a single extended pose with a live model to develop an “alla prima” painting. “Alla prima” is Italian for “first go” and means we will be completing a painting with just a single layer of paint. By working on one painting over a few days, students will get the opportunity to practice many different skills, with support and feedback from the instructor. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of mixing skin tones, accurately seeing and painting value, effectively using the paintbrush, and creating figure paintings that feel three-dimensional and alive, not flat and stiff.

The workshop is a combination of demonstration and practice time. During practice time, the instructor will spend one-on-one time with each student, giving guidance and support. We will not cover how to draw the figure, therefore some figure drawing experience will be helpful. Beginner oil painting students will find it helpful to have done 2-3 simple paintings (i.e. simple fruit still life) prior to this class, so they have some comfort and familiarity with the paint, brushes and palette.

Dates:  February 22nd to 26th, 2023  Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. (snow date - March 4th).

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a break at 12:00 p.m. for lunch

Fees:  KAC members: $540, non-members: $575, payable at the time of registration.

Registration opens on December 1st.  

There will be no refunds beyond January 31st, unless we are able to fill the spot from a waitlist.  A cheque for a full refund less an administrative fee of $25.00 will be issued if a written request is received on or before January 31st.

To register, email:   Registration is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.   Kanata Art Club reserves the right to cancel a class where there is insufficient registration.