Sacred Art Workshop: Painting the Figure by Copying the Old Masters – Workshop Completed

paintingTheFigureIn this workshop, students will gain hands-on familiarity with the techniques of the great masters of sacred art and their approach to painting the human figure. Working from a copy of an Old Master painting, participants will learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact replica. This exercise helps them gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, the best techniques, and when to use which materials.

Beginning with the drawing stage through to the final glazes, all stages of the painting process will be discussed and practiced. The instructor will demonstrate each of the key steps in the painting process and will assist each student individually as they progress on their copy. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. Students will be able to choose the painting they wish to copy, based on their level of previous experience.

Instructor: Martinho Correira
Schedule: Six Saturday sessions on March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11 & 18, 2015
Hours: 30 hours credit towards the Certificate in Sacred Art
Tuition: $575, plus GST
Location: St. Mary’s University, 14500 Bannister Rd SE
Cancellation Policy: Students may cancel their registration and receive a refund (less a $50 administration fee) up to 7 days prior to the course. After this date, pro-rated refunds may be considered where cancellation is required for medical reasons.

For additional information, please contact:
Elizabeth Cressman, Continuing Education Coordinator

Painting the Figure by Copying the Masters

Materials List 2015
Buy only finest quality paints and materials
Oil Colours: Windsor and Newton, Michael Harding or Old Holland brand

  • titanium white or lead white
  • ivory black
  • raw umber
  • red umber (Old Holland brand) or burnt sienna
  • burnt umber
  • yellow ochre
  • cadmium red light
  • Other colours may be needed depending on the copy.

Note: All colours should be ground in linseed oil.


  • 1 small synthetic round pointed brush
  • 6 – 10 soft synthetic filbert brushes(or mongoose hair)
  • *Ranging from small to about 2 cm across.


  • Small bottle of linseed oil
  • Small bottle of odorless spirits

Other Materials:

  • HB pencil and eraser
  • Palette and medium cups
  • Palette knife
  • Masking tape
  • Clean rags or paper towel roll
  • Primed canvas (size depends on copy-Check with instructor)
Sacred Arts workshop