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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Online Portrait Drawing Classes with Patris


Join us for Online Portrait Drawing Classes with Patris in partnership with the Sacramento Fine Arts. Registration is handled through the SFAC.  We will cover these 3 courses in the upcoming series: 

Dynamic Head Poses

Portraits on Toned Paper

In this Beginning level 3-part classes, we will take a closer look at helpful proportional guidelines for establishing realistic portraiture, facial features and characteristics, and creating portrait drawings from photo references. 


  TIME: 2 pm - 3:30 pm

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

David Shevlino 2022 Figure and Portrait Workshop

David Shevlino

Oil Painting Workshop:  

Alla Prima Figure and Portrait Painting

March 24 – 27, 2022 

click here to download workshop flier

Time:   10 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

Where:  The Patris Studio and Gallery

 3460 2nd Avenue, Sacramento, Ca 95817



Workshop Tuition:  $600 (includes model fees)  


What:  This class is about painting the figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response 

to our subjects.   


There will be painting demonstrations and lots of class time for students to work from a live figure and portrait model.  


The class will work on a different painting/pose each day of the workshop and learn to simplify 

and interpret the figure/portrait as a series of basic shapes and planes described by light and shadow. 


In addition to discussing technical concepts like value, color, paint application and basic proportions of the head and figure, we’ll also talk about some of the psychological aspects of learning to paint, such as giving ourselves permission to experiment and make mistakes so that we can learn and discover ways to become better, more creative artists.    


This class will be particularly helpful for those who want to expand from a tight painting style, to a more loose, economical paint application. 


Supply list:   Click here to download the complete supply list or email Patris for the list. 


For questions about registration and tuition payment, please email Patris at artist_patris at  

Acceptable payments: Cash/check, Credit card, Venmo, Paypal. (Applicable processing fees apply.)


Registration and Cancellation policy:  Click here for Registration/Cancellation Policy  


Enrollment numbers:  Minimum 10 and maximum 15 participants 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

2022 Sarah Sedwick Painting Workshop: Loose Realism For All Levels!

 Loose Realism For All Levels!

3 day painting workshop 

With Sarah Sedwick

March 4-6,  2022

Paint looser and more confidently during this three-day workshop with Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick! Take a step-by-step approach to alla prima oil painting, from black-and-white studies to brilliant color. Build beautiful compositions with life and movement for a new perspective on the still life. 

Instead of struggling with overworking your paintings, practice STOPPING SOONER to keep the freshness you crave in your work!

 Working with a split-primary palette of six colors and white, you’ll learn Sarah’s favorite painting exercises to warm up for a studio day, get back into the groove after some time away from the easel, or simply shake things up!

 Explore how limitations can set you free, creating a painting in 20 brushstrokes, and another in 20 minutes. Learn the fundamentals of good design, and walk step-by-step through Sarah’s alla prima process, creating a still life painting from start to finish! Sarah will demonstrate, and work with each student individually. 

Painters of all levels are welcome. Instruction is in oils, and acrylics are welcome - particularly Open acrylics, that stay wet longer. (Ages 15 and above).

Where: Patris Studio   3460 2nd Avenue    Sacramento, CA 95817  

Registration: $475   

A $200 deposit holds your space or pay in full at time of registration.  

Balance due at time of workshop

email Patris for enrollment and registration details: .

Acceptable payments include: 

  1. Venmo:  Patris-Miller

  2. Cash or check made payable to Patris

  3. Credit Card (applicable credit card fees apply

Supply list:

About Sarah Sedwick: About the Instructor Sarah Sedwick: (

About the Instructor Sarah Sedwick: (

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Online Intro to Portrait Drawing: Three Quarter View

Intro to Portrait Drawing
3 - week Class with Patris 

in partnership with Sacramento Fine Art Center

3 Tuesdays 

June 1, 8, and 15 

2 pm - 3:30 pm

Registration info and class  details here at this link:

Beginning Portraits Part 2

 with Patris Miller (


If you’ve tried your hand at portrait drawing, you already know it can be difficult to get the results you want.  It can seem overwhelming and can leave you wondering where to even begin.
Successful portrait drawing is a skill that is learned, practiced, and honed.  With knowledge, practice, and guidance we can learn how to develop portrait drawing skills that lead to more satisfactory results.
In these Beginning level 3-part classes, we will take a closer look at helpful proportional guidelines for establishing realistic portraiture, facial features and characteristics, and creating portrait drawings from photo ((or live model) references using the skills and ideas introduced in each series.