Visual Arts Centre

Given the many challenges of portrait and figure painting, i.e., drawing, composition, colour, patterning, etc, the last thing you need is to be struggling with mixing your flesh tones for your painting.

Most beginners will chalk out (too much white resulting in a lifeless painting) or fail to achieve the full stretch of values from dark to light.

The practice of mixing flesh tones is a learned process that is best isolated from the demands of portrait drawing – the most efficient way of learning.

These four exercises are designed to train you in the four elements of flesh tones all of which contribute to developing form: warm/cool tone, light/dark tone, specific hue and specific value.

We will begin with the 9-tone grey bar from which you then extrapolate the arrangement of 49 warm and cool flesh tone. In the second session you proceed to the Flesh Ball where we apply those flesh tone to modeling form. This is also your introduction to ‘spotting’ which is a very powerful and beautiful method of painting.

Rembrandt was the consummate master of spotting. In Session 3 and 4 you further develop your mastery of mixing specific flesh tones and further your knowledge of spotting in colour by painting the eyes of Rembrandt’s ‘Man in a Feather Cap’.

Supply List:

Two 10×10″ canvases (Sessions 1 and 2)
One 12×12″ or slightly larger canvas

On both the 10×10″ canvases render a 7×7″ grid in pencil. And apply an imprimatura. This Youtube video will explain this simple process.

You can use either acrylic or water-soluble oils. The paints required are:

Titanium (or flake) white
Yellow Ochre
Naples Yellow or Titanium nickel yellow
Vermilion Red
Venetian Red (if you don’t have this we can work around it)
Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber
Ivory or Vine Black

Supply list will be provided upon registration

To register write: [email protected]

For more info write me at [email protected]

Bring life into your Portrait paintings with this workshop held by Micheal Britton at our very own Studio.

You may attend this 4 Session workshop via Zoom Live or come on down to our Studio for a face-to-face class as well.

Dates: 17, 21, 24, 28 August 2020 (Mondays & Fridays)

Time: 2 PM – 4.30 PM

Venue: VAC Studio OR via Zoom Online

Price: $340 / 4 session on Zoom Live 

$380/ 4 Sessions in our Studio

For more Portrait related workshops, you make click here for our Zoom Live Portrait Drawing Class or here for our Portrait Drawing Workshops.

Click here to purchase 4 Sessions for Zoom Live!

Call us at 6733 2155 or What’s App us at 6255 0711 or Email us at [email protected] for more enquires or to book a slot!

Private Lessons with Michael Britton

Michael Britton is a New York City trained artist (New York Academy of Art) who has taught several thousand artists (some of whom have gone on to full-time art careers as painters and teachers) in his several decades long career. He was the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Academy of Art, Canada for six years and has also taught drawing for Walt Disney Studios, amongst numerous other appointments throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is also the author of several art-training videos including Painting Clara Serena.

Studying privately is the surest path to accelerating your technical growth as an artist.

Two availabilities for private students seeking to develop their portrait drawing and/or painting skills.

Time slots available: Mondays 4:00 – 6:30 / 7:30 – 10 OR Wednesday 4:00 – 6:30 / 7:30 – 10

Fees: S$250 per session or S$1,200 for five sessions

For more info and to register, write to Iola at: [email protected]

Foundation In Digital Art

Embark on a captivating journey into the vibrant world of digital art! Our Foundation in Digital Art workshop invites budding creatives aged nine and above to unleash their imagination and hone their artistic skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. From mastering basic digital tools to crafting mesmerizing digital masterpieces, children will explore a spectrum of techniques guided by seasoned mentors. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants will discover the endless possibilities of digital expression while fostering creativity and critical thinking. Join us for an exhilarating adventure where young artists transform ideas into stunning visual realities, igniting a passion for digital art

Colour & Texture Exploration With Acrylic Painting & Collage

Prepare to unleash your inner artist in a kaleidoscope of color and creativity with ‘Colour Blast: Acrylic Painting & Collage Techniques’! Dive into a whirlwind adventure where vibrant hues and mesmerizing textures collide in a symphony of imagination. From mastering the art of seamless color blending to discovering the magic of mixed media collage, this journey is a playground for your artistic soul. With each brushstroke, explore new techniques that breathe life into your canvas, transforming it into a vibrant tapestry of expression. Join us and let your creativity run wild as you embark on this colorful escapade!”

World of Manga [Foundation & Styling]

A manga art workshop for children and teenagers sounds like a fantastic idea! Here’s how you might structure it:
Introduction to Manga: Begin by introducing what manga is, its history, and its influence on popular culture worldwide. Show examples of different manga styles and genres to give participants an overview.
Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
Character Design: Move on to character design concepts, including creating unique characters, designing their personalities, and developing backstories. Encourage participants to get creative and think outside the box.
Expression and Emotion: Teach how to convey emotions and expressions through facial expressions, body language, and positioning of characters. This can be a fun and interactive exercise where participants practice drawing various emotions.
Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
Final Showcase: End the workshop with a showcase of participants’ work. This could be in the form of an exhibition, digital gallery, or printed booklet. Celebrate everyone’s creativity and progress throughout the workshop.
Remember to create a supportive and encouraging environment where participants feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. And don’t forget to have fun! Manga is all about imagination and passion, so let that spirit shine through in your workshop.

Academy Drawing Traditions

The academy drawing and sketching tradition, rooted in centuries of artistic practice, emphasizes disciplined study of form, proportion, and technique. Originating from Renaissance workshops and formalized by institutions like the Royal Academy, it prioritizes meticulous observation and mastery of fundamental skills. Students progress from basic exercises to complex compositions, learning to depict still life and common objects with precision and expression. This tradition values both classical principles and innovation, encouraging artists to push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. Through rigorous training and critique, artists within this tradition cultivate a strong foundation for creative exploration and artistic excellence.

Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

This course on Chinese ink painting and calligraphy introduces young learners to the rich traditions of Chinese art. Through hands-on activities, students explore the basics of brush techniques, ink control, and the delicate art of Chinese script. They learn to appreciate the cultural significance of calligraphy and painting, developing skills in creating elegant strokes and expressive brushwork. The course fosters creativity, patience, and fine motor skills, while also providing insights into Chinese history and aesthetics. By the end, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural heritage.

Funk with Graffiti

Funk With Graffiti Workshop for children is an engaging and creative program aimed at introducing young artists to the vibrant world of graffiti and funk-inspired street style art. Participants learn the basics of graffiti history, techniques, and safety. Guided by professional graffiti artists, children explore the art of designing their unique tags, emphasizing creativity, expression, and individuality. The workshop includes hands-on activities, from sketching concepts to creating final designs with spray paint on provided surfaces. By the end of the session, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and an appreciation for graffiti and funk as legitimate forms of street art. Each child completes two original artworks, which they proudly take home, showcasing their newfound skills and personal style.

Batik Tales

In the Batik Introduction Handkerchief Painting workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique originating from Indonesia. The workshop begins with a brief history and overview of batik, highlighting its cultural significance and various techniques. Participants will then observe a demonstration of applying wax with tjanting tools and dyeing the fabric. Following the demonstration, each participant will design and create their own batik handkerchief, applying wax to create patterns and then dyeing their fabric. The workshop concludes with a group discussion, allowing participants to share their creations and reflect on their learning experience.