MASTERCLASS - Classic Portraits with David Goatley - June 9th - 11th 2017

MASTERCLASS - Classic Portraits with David Goatley - June 9th - 11th 2017

Regular price $385.00 Sale



MASTERCLASS - Classic Portraits with David Goatley

“A portrait is a celebration, of love, of life, or of achievement. Nobody is too unimportant or ordinary to be celebrated, for we are all valued by those who care for us.”

This 3 day workshop focuses on a head-and-shoulders portrait study painted from a live model using a “classical” academic approach. We will explore proportion, massing, tone control, warm and cool colour, and bringing things to a finish, using direct painting techniques.  There will be a single, long-term sitting for the duration of the workshop. The academic method allows participants to explore all aspects of portraiture including anatomical structure, planes of the face, expressive brushwork, achieving a likeness, etc. We will make a quick black and white value study to pin down our compositions and make decisions about what to keep and what to simplify. We will then draw this composition up onto a larger support in readiness for spending the remainder of the weekend completing a full colour portrait.

The approach employed is a layering method used by most Old Masters which includes an under-painting, a middle layer (or two), and a finish coat. Despite its ancient roots, this is a modern synthesis that allows for efficiency of execution. There will be demonstrations of all the concepts covered and lots of hands-on quality instruction.

Suitable for Oil or Acrylic painters.

Brian Atyeo 7 sm

Date:   June 9th - 11th 2017

Time:  10:00am - 5:00pm

Cost:   $385

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

David Goatley, SFCA is widely recognized as one of North America’s leading portrait painters. Originally trained in London, England, where he was born, David has completed over 350 portrait commissions all across the continent since arriving here with his family in 1992.

His subjects have included official portraits of HRH The Duke of York KG (Prince Andrew), Prime Minister, The Right Hon. Kim Campbell and Speaker, The Hon. Gilbert Parent for Canada’s House of Commons; The Honourable Steven L. Point, Iona Campagnolo, and James Dunsmuir, Lt. Governors of BC and the Honourable Donald Ethell, Lt. Governor of Alberta; Premier Gordon Campbell; Lord Lang, Baron of Monkton; the Presidents of the Universities of Alberta, BC and Trent, and the Chancellors of Simon Frazer University and the Universities of Victoria and Saskatchewan; philanthropists Michael Degroote, Eric Charman and Jeneece Edroff; business leaders such as Peter DeVaux, former Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and others making a difference in the fields of commerce and education.

Bateman described him as “A truly fine painter in the Sargent style who works with confidence and grace and a true respect for the quality of the paint”

On painting, David says:

When I think about what I do, every portrait seems like a fresh journey, a voyage of discovery, as I am privileged to explore the uniqueness of others. Portraits have absolutely nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with the value of each and every one of us. Dr. Johnson said: ‘ portrait painting is a reasonable and natural consequence of affection’ 

I can only agree - and who is not worthy of being recorded in that spirit? "

David was a founding member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists and was elected a senior signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2002.,and awarded their prestigious Early Achievement Award for gaining international recognition in a relatively short time. He is proud to be a ‘Painter at Painters’ and a member of the Portrait Society of America.

David teaches many classes and workshops throughout the year, in BC, and for Summer Schools and Art Societies across the country and in the US.

On art, David offers this thought:

"When civilizations collapse, when Empires are gone and the speeches and those who made them are footnotes and the politics are a memory, what is left behind is the art that gave those cultures their identity. Art matters. It is all those who will follow us will have of who we were. "