Fun Facts About Faces: A Portrait Painting Workshop with Scot Paisley

Join artist and educator at the Leighton Art Centre, Scot Paisley, in a two-day workshop focused on understanding the human face and how to portray it with acrylics. To learn portraiture, Scot will guide students through drawing and painting processes, culminating in an acrylic portrait painting from photo reference.

Participants will learn the proportions of the human head through a drawing exercise, and develop tonal drawing techniques. Scot will further demonstrate how to achieve skin tones with acrylics as well as tips and tricks for composition in painting. This workshop is open for beginning painters and those who have dabbled with paint before, but wish to better understand portraiture.


Supplies are not included. Please bring the following supplies with you to the workshop:

  • A good photo of an individual you wish to paint during the workshop.
  • Acrylic paints: Raw Sienna, Cadmium Red Medium, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Umber & Titanium White
  • brushes
  • 11"x14" canvas
  • palette
  • A lunch and snacks for both days


Single tickets are $125.00

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Having a strong sense of empathy for people, Scot's interest manifested in painting studies of North American Native, African, and Asian facial features. Later on, Rodeo and Jazz personalities became the subject of his work. Scot is a successful portrait artist, selling his work to collectors across Canada, the United States, and as far as Greece. He has participated in the Calgary Sarcee Rotary Club’s art auction since 2009 and has appeared in Western Art Gallery, the 2011 Artist Window, and was a participant of Calgary Stampede Art Auction.