MASTERCLASS -  Figurative Abstractions with Brian Smith - Oct 20th - 22nd 2017

MASTERCLASS - Figurative Abstractions with Brian Smith - Oct 20th - 22nd 2017

Regular price $450.00 Sale



This exciting 3-day workshop will help you get over the fear of working with the human form in an abstract way. Right from the start with gestural painting - through to the final long pose composition - you will be encouraged to PLAY and let go of all your art inhibitions.

Develop your ability to abstract from the human form, see shapes in the figure more clearly, develop more satisfying compositions that include the draped and undraped body, and develop a looser, freer approach to painting the figure. Come on - it’ll be FUN!

Date:   Oct 20th - 22nd 2017

Time:  10:00am - 5:00pm

Cost:   $450

Workshop Location:

Ellis Art Studios

1021 Ellis Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z3

You can secure your spot by purchasing this workshop online or by signing up via email or telephone at | 250.300.4668 or in-person at Ellis Art Studios.

Refund & Cancellation Policy:
A supply list will be provided upon registration.  You may withdraw 4 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.


About The Instructor

Brian Smith graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada in 1969. For over 45 years he has been both a professional, award-winning graphic designer and a practicing fine artist focusing on classical drawing and painting from the figure. His works are in collections across North America and he has exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows, including winning Best in Show in both the Etobicoke Annual Juried Exhibition and the Colour & Form Society Annual Juried Exhibition

In January 2005, Brian was awarded the title of Honourary Drawing Master by the Drawing Society of Canada. Gerritt Verstraete, co-founder of the Drawing Society of Canada, noted that to receive this honour, an artist must “demonstrate a substantial commitment to drawing as well as mastery of drawing techniques. They have developed a body of work that positions drawings as complete works in themselves and not just preparatory work or ‘studies’ for paintings. A Canadian drawing master is an artist who loves to draw, who draws well, who is comfortable in one or any number of styles and who has spent many years creating drawings that in turn have become valuable contributions to Canada’s overall artistic heritage.” Previous inductees have included Robert Bateman, Peter Mah, Eric Freifeld and Ken Danby. See for details. 

Brian was also named Artist of the Month for November 2008 by American Artist magazine and was a featured artist on the television program Star Portraits which aired in the Fall of 2009 on Bravo!. Check out their website for further information:

Brian has taught classes and workshops on life drawing, portraiture and figurative abstraction for over 20 years and has been on the faculty of the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), The Koffler Centre for the Arts, Haliburton School of The Arts, Curry’s Art School, Visual Arts Mississauga and Neilson Park Creative Centre as well as conducting Master Classes in his own studio. 

     I have been drawing and painting the human form for more than fifty years now and I continue to derive an enormous amount of pleasure from it. Whether a classical drawing of the nude in sanguine chalk or an abstracted painting of the figure in situ, the thrill of the human form and the challenge of recording and interpreting that form and its gestures and surfaces keeps bringing me back daily.
I am an artist because the human form inspires.