Art Courses

Details for "Painting The Portrait"


INSTRUCTOR: Doug Levitt, SFCA Spacer

MEDIUM:  Oil  

LEVEL:  Intermediate and Advanced

DAY:  October 26 - 28 2018

TIME:  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

LOCATION: Semiahmoo Arts Society, Surrey

PRICING: Members $360 / Non-Members $410



Please welcome new SFCA member and saught-after artist, Doug Levitt who is visiting us from Calgary, AB! 


In this workshop, Doug will discuss various approaches to painting the portrait in an alla prima or direct painting style. The workshop will begin with a demonstration by Doug and the remainder of the workshop will be hands on painting by the students with Doug giving individual help and assistance.

Doug will focus the workshop on painting from the live model and then adapting that process to painting from a photo of that same model as a reference. Periodically the model will return through the weekend so students can see first hand the substantial difference between painting from life and photo.

Emphasis will be on blocking, drawing structure, values, edges and colour, and temperature of that colour. While focusing on those techniques, Doug will show that the ultimate goal will be mood and emotional power in the painting.

Doug is a humour based teacher who often pokes fun at himself which helps to facilitate a relaxed atmosphere in the learning experience. While showing his utter dedication to the craft of painting, Doug simultaneously helps each student to relax and realize how fun painting really is! 


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Workshop Location
Semiahmoo Arts Society - in the South Surrey Arts & Recreation Centre

14601 - 20th Ave, Surrey BC, V4A 9P5

Refund & Cancellation Policy
We require full payment at the time of registration. You may withdraw until 4 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
We reserve the right to change or cancel any of our educational programs. If we cancel a workshop, a full refund will be given to all registrants. In the event the instructor is unavailable, either an alternate instructor with similar credentials


Artist Statement

Although Doug Levitt always wanted to be an artist, he never pursued it through most of his life, even though he drew avidly as a kid. “Something about it just intimidated me I guess and even though it gnawed at me, I always just put it off”, he says. Almost dying in an accident in 2001 changed his mind and focus however, and armed with a fresh load of art supplies he decided to conquer the demon. Surprised by the strong positive reaction from friends and family and with time on his hands recovering from the accident and subsequent surgeries, he decided to start attending art shows and sales.

“I’ve been painting full time ever since. I’ll paint anything that interests me or offers me growth as an artist, including portraits, still life and plein air landscapes, but my main focus is western art – particularly Native/First Nation culture, inspired by dream images I kept having early in my career. The images were so clear I just closed my eyes and ‘saw’ the image and then painted it - and I never remember my dreams as a rule - so that struck me as a special thing’. Doug began approaching First Nations people for answers to his inspirational dreams and quickly found both models and friends within that community who began to teach him more about their culture in an effort to aid him in depicting the images with a deeper correctness and respect than would otherwise have been possible. He has been very embraced by the culture and has received many gifts – including feathers and various artifacts, most notably a turtle shell medicine pouch.


In 2008, Doug was commissioned to paint the image used for the 2008 Calgary Stampede poster which promoted the Stampede world-wide. The painting was sold for $63,000 and was purchased by the Hudson's Bay Company. Doug has also won Artist Choice (2), Collectors Choice (2) and Best of Show booth at Stampede. In 2013, he was honoured with the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award. 

Course Cost & Status

  • CAN$360.00
  • CAN$410.00 with Non-Member
Spots Available:
5+ spots available
Registration Open Since:
2018-06-19 00:00:00
Registration Closes:
2018-10-23 23:59:00

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