The logic of drawing and painting – 2 day workshop with artist Henry Tian

This is an opportunity to study with Henry Tian for two 6-hour days. The workshop is designed to help build a solid theoretical and practical foundation for any artists interested in working in representational art. No previous experience required. The skills and knowledge you will take away from this workshop include the following:

A complete discussion of materials (Yes, oil painting with no mess is possible, if you take the right approach, I will show you how.)

How to observe spatial relationships, light and shadow, color temperature shifts, soft and hard edges

How to draw accurately without any external aid such as projectors, tracing paper, etc, using knowledge of angles, alignment, proportions, and abstractions

How to correctly judge value relationships and edge relationships for rendering believable 3-dimensional form

How to effectively judge colour temperature relationships for rendering believable atmosphere and lighting situations

How to effectively compose the picture to deliver a powerful visual impact and tell your story

How class works: a combination of short lectures, demos, student practice, and individual critique; we will work in charcoals and oil paint. All subjects will be discussed (portraits, figures, landscapes, still lifes, etc.). No previous experience required.

Date and Time:

Option 1 (currently full, accepting wait-list): Saturday November 16 and Sunday November 17, 9am to 4pm (with lunch break 12-1)

Option 2 (two open spots remaining): Sunday November 10 and Sunday November 24, 9am to 4pm (with lunch break 12-1)

(When you register, let me know which option works better for you, thanks)

Location: Clayton Park Halifax (my private studio)

Cost: $180 (all materials included; a 50% deposit is required at the time of registration)

Class size is limited to 4 students.

Please email me at to register. Thank you!

Henry Tian, figurative artist based in Halifax, NS.


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Represented by: Art 1274 Hollis Gallery

1274 Hollis St, Halifax NS B3J 1T6