New 3-Day Workshop Series   

Creative Still-Life with Megan Ellen MacDonald


In this 3-day intensive oil painting workshop with Megan Ellen, students will learn how to quickly and efficiently translate a still-life composition into a finished oil painting using a direct wet-into-wet application of paint, then continue on to complete a fully realized painting with strong visual impact as well as subtlety. This workshop will have emphasis on the fundamentals of painting and good image making – both technical and conceptual – through the tradition of still life painting. Megan will walk students through learning key elements of creating both expressive and convincing paintings from life, which include composition, colour harmony, value design, sculpting dimensional form, and mark-making among many other skill sets.

Students will be provided with a dynamic still-life to work from for the full three days – first creating small and quick composition studies, and moving into creating a fully finished and elaborate still-life painting that will express light, colour, and texture. Each day will consist of a lecture and painting demo by the instructor, followed by focused work periods and one-on-one instruction.

3 Days:

August 23rd - 25th 2019
Friday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

*A list of materials will be sent 2 weeks before the start date.

“Megan Ellen MacDonald is a Canadian artist working and living in Toronto. MacDonald received her BFA from OCAD University in 2013, and was awarded the Xpace Cultural Centre Summer Residency at Artscape, Gibraltor Point. She has exhibited her work in both public and commercial galleries in Toronto, Montreal, and the US, and participated in professional residencies, panels, and publications.”

Alla Prima Portraiture - Keita Morimoto


In this Alla Prima Portraiture workshop by Keita Morimoto, students will be introduced to a direct painting process and gain an understanding of light and form in portraiture from life. Beginning with a deconstruction of shape and form, and progressing through value and colour composition, Keita will both discuss and demonstrate his knowledge and processes to students, who will then apply these techniques to their own Alla Prima studies produced during the workshop. 

3 Days:

July 19 - 21th 2019
Friday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

*A list of materials will be sent 2 weeks before the start date. Model fee is included in this workshop.

"Keita Morimoto is a painter working in Toronto, Ontario. Morimoto was born and raised in Osaka, Japan, and moved to Toronto in 2008 in order to pursue a post secondary eduction at OCADU. He has exhibited his work in several group shows around Toronto, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as well as participated in a number of charity auction events to raise money for Japan relief after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Morimoto has recently mounted a solo exhibition in the Media/Retail Space of Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. His work has also been included in the 2014 collection of Art with Heart Auction at Casey House.


3-Day Intensive Summer Workshop Series


Choose your workshop:

**very limited spots available because we believe in the power of intensive learning in intimate classes. 

Weekly Class Cancellation Policy

  • If Studio West cancels a class, student will receive 100% refund.

  • Students may cancel more than four weeks before start and receive a partial refund

  • Cancel five days or fewer start date: 0% refund, but credits may be given under extenuating circumstances

No refund or credit is given for student absences during the course of the workshop.