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Beauty in the Ordinary

Painting Workshop: Scaling

Putting all of Manhattan onto your eight inch canvas!

A figurative painting of people inside the Jama Masjid mosque in Old Delhi, India, showing red carpets receding into the background underneath curved archways.

July 18-20, 2014

How do you transfer the composition that you envision onto your canvas? This is one of the trickiest skills to learn, without which, your painting will not materialize according to your expectations.

In this workshop, you will learn how to correctly measure, transfer measurements to the canvas, use vertical and horizontal drop lines, and to relate shapes to each other in order to maintain the original composition. By applying these useful techniques, your paintings will get closer to coming alive in the way that you want them to!

Join this workshop in order to:

  • Perfect measuring techniques for a truly life-like appeal
  • Learn what the heck drop lines are and how to use them!
  • Approach your canvas with fresh eyes & expand your field of perception
  • Add new tools to your artistic arsenal of skills!

This workshop is useful for painters at all levels; emphasis on oil paints, other media welcome. Some painting experience necessary. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley as an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

Seamus has mastered the tricks necessary for his compositions to achieve desired results, and he thrives off of sharing his knowledge with eager artists. As a lifelong student and enthusiastic teacher, he looks forward to enriching your painting expression, which his workshops can bring to you.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“With gentle coaching, he empowers each student to fully express their inner vision. Don’t miss The Fundamentals of Painting video produced by Seamus! You’re gonna like the way you paint!” 

~Maggie C.


Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]


July 18-20, 2014


Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm


$325; ($295 paid in full by June 30, 2014)
Use any card, PayPal optional