Figure to Face

August 1 - August 5


Figure to Face

Figure to Face

For students just starting to explore the world of painting, this workshop offers an introduction to a simple and effective technique – and expert help in completing two acrylic paintings in just five days.

For accomplished artists, it’s a chance to try a different method, medium or subject matter in the first painting, and to use what they’ve learned to do a portrait of a family member or friend in the second.

Nicholas Pearce has taught hundreds of students to work with a limited palette of four colours plus white, applied with a single 1 1/2 inch house painters’ brush for everything from blocking in to fine details to tonal washes. They learn to mix colours on the canvas, and to feather wet paint onto dry to create subtle colour shifts. The final step is washes to unify lighting effects in some areas, and to set other areas back.

The workshop begins with composition, the basis of all good paintings. Then students choose from figurative photo references provided. The ancient technique of gridding is used to transfer the image to a 30 x 40 inch canvas. For their second painting, students do a portrait of someone close to them.

Throughout the week, Nicholas offers mini-lectures, provides one-on-one help, and paints on his own canvas to show the techniques in action. The goal is to have everyone walk away with two paintings, ready to hang on their walls.

NOTE: This class teaches skills, not creativity. Nicholas believes creativity is inherent, and cannot be taught. Skills, learned in a fun, collegial atmosphere, provide the foundation that allows creativity to emerge.

* This instructor has generously donated a piece of art, “Tania with Fan”, available at the Gala Auction.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $128
  • Course Prerequisites: none stated
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels

Price: $893

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes


Nicholas Pearce has taught figurative painting, particularly the portrait, in B.C. and Alberta for 20 years. He paints in acrylics, using a limited palette of four colours plus white, and a single large brush for everything from fine details to tonal washes.

He and his students...

Click here to read more about NICHOLAS PEARCE

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Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. Please register before June 15th to avoid disappointment.

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If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

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BEFORE June 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

June 1 – July 15: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2023 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER July 15: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2022 program is completely canceled due to COVID restrictions, a full refund will be given (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.


Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes.

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