Drawing: Classical Portraiture

The Saint John Arts Centre welcomes classically-trained artist and workshop leader, Melissa Kennedy, as she instructs participants in portrait drawing with a live model. This workshop begins with a Friday evening lecture, consisting of a discussion on critical issues for portraiture, while looking at examples of works from various artists as references. Topics include ideas such as; proportions, structure, methods of observation, and likeness.

The following day, participants will be able to put these ideas into action. Using a live model, students will work on their individual drawings, while receiving one-on-one personalized critiques. This workshop is ideal for individuals who appreciate an academic approach to drawing.

COVID-19 POLICY NOTE: As of publication of this workshop description, our region is at Yellow Level. Updates will be enacted if required. As a public building, SJAC must follow the Government of New Brunswick’s Public Health guidelines on the coronavirus. In the unfortunate event that the local Saint John Zone must ‘move back’ to stricter social distancing policies and classes must be cancelled, participants will be refunded for the remaining classes.

Please note that community face masks are required during the class.

Friday, August 13, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm • Saturday, August 14, 2021, 9am-4pm, one hour break for lunch from 12-1pm • Cost: $125


Students are asked to bring the materials they are most at ease with when drawing, including a range of pencils, a kneaded eraser, 11”x 14” drawing paper (ex. Canson smooth, fairly heavy).

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About the Instructor:

Melissa Kennedy is a visual artist and art instructor in New Brunswick, Canada. Melissa studied traditional methods of drawing and sculpting at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. After her graduation, she remained at the Academy for three years as a principle instructor of drawing, before moving back to Canada.

Melissa strives to capture and express the beauty and subtlety that exists in nature, by focusing on recreating the accuracy of the feeling through extended observation of a subject. Choosing the medium that best suits the purpose, she works with a variety of materials for both drawing and sculpture, including charcoal, pencil, ink and oil, and water-based clays.