Oil Painting Portrait Workshop:

The Religious Paintings of William-Adolphe Bourguereau 

Taught by Whitney McCrary

Feb. 9, 16, and 23


This 3-day workshop will focus on the study of the indirect method oil painting through the copying of a religious portrait by William-Adolphe Bourgereau.   By working from an historical example of classical portraiture, the student will develop a greater understanding of a limited flesh palette while learning to use the indirect method of oil painting.  This workshop is open to students of all levels.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau was a French painter whose life spanned most of the 19th century.   A prolific painter, he completed more than 800 known works in his lifetime.  His work has greatly influenced the renewal of classical figurative painting in the late 20th century. Painting in the classical academic style, he is popularly known for his painting of peasant girls and mythological scenes.  But, as a Catholic, he also created a large number of religious works.   For this course, students will have an opportunity to make a copy of one of his Madonnas.

Instructor: WHITNEY MCCRARY received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005 before continuing her education at the Academy of Classical Design in North Carolina. The academy is an intensive drawing, painting, and mural program modeled after 19th century French Academies and influenced by Renaissance humanist philosophy. She later became an instructor at the academy, while also spending time studying in Paris as an artist’s assistant, and studying with classically trained artists across the United States. Her work is inspired by the quality and ideals of past masters, historical methods and materials, with an emphasis on aesthetics and imagination.

Dates:  February 9, 16, and 23. 9:00 am to 4 pm.

Location: Kensington Art Supplies, 6999 11 St. SE #120, Calgary, AB T2H 2S1

Cost:  $300 for SAGA members; $350 for non-members. Participants are responsible for their own supplies.   A list of supplies will be sent out upon registration.