Dene Croft: The Contemporary Portrait – Master Techniques in 21st Century Portraiture

January 20, 2024 - January 21, 2024



Course Description

The Contemporary Portrait – Master Techniques in 21st Century Portraiture: A two-day workshop with Dene Croft exploring the methods and master techniques employed in building portraits and figure studies in oil and acrylic.

This workshop deals principally with grisaille and underpainting – building the tonal values before building the palette and mixing flesh tones, the importance of under-paint – full instruction and demonstrations on building your portrait from the underpaint or Grisaille, to the finished piece  (lots of hand holding – nobody gets left behind!) adding elements of abstraction to create mood and ambiance.

We will be covering topics from lighting and shooting your subjects, the importance of pre-studies, composition and preparing your canvas, incorporating other mediums into your portrait, mixing colour, setting up palette, Grisaille and other master techniques. We will also cover a little art history and discuss  the “rogues gallery” of history’s portrait painters…a bit of a whos-who;  an in-depth look at what they really got up to in their studios; their relationships with apprentices and popes, and the many and varied cheats, tricks and techniques that they employed in their painting.

  • NSAG Member Cost: CAN$195.00
  • Non NSAG Member Cost: CAN$243.75

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


Registration Details

Registration Confirmation

 Payment confirms your registration and participation in the workshop. If you do not receive an email confirmation within an hour of paying please check your junk mail/spam folder, and if you do not see a confirmation email contact the guild immediately at


Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a workshop, refunds are not issued, but you may find another person to take your place. 

If the workshop is full and there is a willing replacement on the waitlist, a refund will be issued. Contact 

No refunds will be issued within 24 hours of the workshop start time.  NSAG reserves the right to cancel the course.

Suppy List

In terms of a supply list, you very likely have all that you will need. It will be helpful (but not essential) to bring the following:

  • Titanium white, burnt umber, yellow ochre, raw sienna, black(any), cadmium orange hue, cadmium red, alizarin crimson or quin red, a couple of blues - ultramarine and phthalo or Prussian
  • a couple of small scrappy practice canvases
  • one or two 11x14 or 12x16 - whatever your preference - but nothing larger than 12x16
  • palette pad
  • brushes, paper towels etc, etc.
  • we have lots of easels here - so no easel required
  • a couple of photo reference portrait images - 8x10 on photo paper- bring your tablet if you wish, but you WILL need a good printed photo reference. More on that later . .

January 20, 2024 - January 21, 2024
10:00 am - 3:45 pm

Dene Croft Studios
118 Pemberton
North Vancouver, B.C.,


2 sessions