Introduction To Abstraction: Painting ‘Figures’ with Patt Scrivener

April 22, 2023 - April 23, 2023



Have you always wanted to paint figures but felt intimidated? I will show you my step-by-step process, and you will learn the essentials of creating intuitive figures. Starting by creating a “playground” on the substrate we will look for figures and stories to bring forward.

You will learn how to:

  • respond intuitively to what’s on the canvas
    • use a tablet and photo app to test your ideas
  • create striking figure paintings using a reductive technique
  • pick a palette
    • incorporate collage & mixed media successfully in your paintings
  • Use your imagination and internal reference library
    • critique & correct your own work

Principles and elements of design and colour theory will be integrated.

During the workshop you will learn through the instructor’s demo, individual guidance, and group feedback sessions.


Patt Scrivener was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan and grew up on a grain farm along with her four siblings. Although there was always lots of work to do, there was time to create, too. Patt’s first childhood memory of art was colouring on any paper that was around and although she does not remember she has been told she coloured on walls too! Patt works in many mediums including acrylic, encaustic and cold wax with oil. Her work includes imagery of people, landscape and abstraction. The layering of a variety of media offers an assortment of possibilities within her work. “My work is about the process – I love layering, scraping, sanding, pouring and dripping. I use many unorthodox tools and love going to the hardware store!”

In 2007 Patt studied life coaching and this was instrumental in her decision to becoming a full time artist and to help others develop their creativity. Patt devotes her time creating original works and teaching others. She facilitates workshops and a mentorship program in her Parksville Studio. Patt is a Signature (AFCA) member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a member of the DeCosmos Fine Arts Society.

Special Instructions

Venue Information

Note:  items should not be left overnight in the room at the time of the workshop. We are not assured that the room is secure.

There is a cafeteria in the West Van Seniors Activity Center building that should be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm. We also welcome you to bring goodies to share if you are so inclined - no obligation.  We strive to have a friendly, inclusive, and sharing environment at our workshops!

Parking: day passes are available for the seniors' centre parking lot for those participating in programs over 4 hours. The SAC front desk will administer parking passes that allow you to park beyond the limit. Return them to the desk at the end of the day.

Address: West Vancouver Seniors' Centre, Arts Studio: 695 21st St, West Vancouver, BC  V7V 4A7

Registration Details

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If you are a NSAG member, select the member rate ($225). Non-members please select the non-member rate ($281.25).

Note for non-members:  If you live between Deep Cove and Bowen Island, consider becoming a member of the guild for discounted rates on our workshops, monthly free demonstrations, and the opportunity to sell your work at our shows. Check us out further at


Suppy List

  • Tabletop easel
  • A cover to protect the table
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Water bucket
  • Palette paper or freezer paper for mixing
  • A palette for your paint
  • Paintbrushes – an assortment, large (3”), medium - flat or filbert, rigger
  • Palette knives
  • Scrapers - Catalyst wedges, spatula end or credit card
  • Acrylic Paint – a selection including 3 primaries, white, some transparent colours. Either fluid or heavy body.
  • Matt or gloss medium
  • Small colour wheel – if you have one
  • Stencils if you have some
  • Makeup sponge or similar
  • Stamps - bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, etc.
  • Collage paper - black and white, these can be photocopies (not in
  • Painting smock or apron
  • Substrate 2 - Canvas - Square or rectangle - up to 24"
  • You can also work on mixed media paper (Strathmore Brand) 18x24”
  • Drawing media - any of these - Lyra graphite, woody stabilo, China markers, chalk pastel, charcoal pencil, neocolours
  • Sketchbook

Remember that things can be shared if you don’t have all of items.  Most important is your painting set up, paint, brushes/tools and substrates.

April 22, 2023 - April 23, 2023
10:00 am - 3:45 pm

West Vancouver Seniors’ Centre, Arts Studio
695 21st Street
West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 4A7
West Vancouver