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Workshop – Mary Qian in Atlanta for a Three-Day Portrait Workshop September 22-24, 2022

ABOUT Mary Qian: Qian’s love of painting shines through in her figurative canvases, which present seemingly unposed subjects that somehow feel vibrantly alive. To read more about Mary Qian, visit

“My best paintings happen when the model is taking a break or even taking a nap,” the artist explains. “For me, it’s about capturing the human spirit, not just addressing the technical side of painting.” 

Portrait by Mary Qian
Michael by Mary Qian

The Portrait Society of Atlanta welcomes Mary Qian to Atlanta for a three day workshop on September 22-24, 2022. This class will be all day from 9am to 4pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Through lecture and demonstrations each day the program will focus on using aspects of Value, Edge, and Color to create naturalistic portraits. The class will work from costumed, or clothed life models.

Proposed Schedule


9:00-11:30am Value lecture with a demonstration using value to depict facial structure.
12:00- 4:00pm—Students will be painting the model with one-on-one instruction.


9:00-11:30am — Edge lecture and demonstration, in addition to value, now introduces a variety of edge qualities to enhance the sense of space.
12:00- 4:00pm—Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction


9:00-11:30—Color lecture and demonstration. After having established the foundation of correct value and edge relationships on the previous days, the last day focuses on the power of Color. 
12:00-4:00pm—Students will be painting with one-on-one instruction

Fee: $650 for Portrait Society of Atlanta members; $725 for non-members

Registration: Maximum of 15 students. When the class if full, you may request to be put on a waiting list.

Waiting List: If a cancellation occurs after the class is full, the waiting list will be given the first option to register (in order of sign-up).

Deposit and refund policies: Deposits accepted, class fee must be paid-in-full by August 15th (either online, or by check received by that date) or the spot may be filled from the waiting list. Cancellation is possible with a refund (less a 1.9% processing fee) until August 15th. No refunds after that date unless the spot can be filled by someone on the waiting list. All refunds of online payments are subject to a 1.9% processing fee.

Workshop Location: The Shallowford Annex at 4470 N. Shallowford Road, Atlanta, GA 30338

Other Workshop Questions: If you have questions, please email or call Laura Murphey at (678) 642-9858 or Jen Riddell at (631) 258-1322.

If you need advice on nearby hotel accommodations, please email

Click “HERE” to download supply list.

This workshop is FULL. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call either Laura at 678 642-9858 or Jennifer at 631 258-1322.  

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