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March 21 - 28, 2018
Capturing Personality in Portrait

Jane Romanishko


There is nothing more challenging and fascinating in art than drawing a human face. It presents a double problem for the artist: rendering the exterior and capturing personality.

However challenging that might be, it is more simple if you KNOW HOW.

Step-by-step instructions will teach you the basics of portrait drawing and painting and get the mystery out of if.

What to expect:

We'll start with a simple generic portrait, learn the structure, and basic elements of a human head and the colour schemes for different ethnical groups.

Then we'll move onto the fun of painting a real person and capturing a personality: first from a photo, then from a live model!

Here are some other topics we'll cover in this very informative workshop

•  Composing your work is the most important and time consuming part of the whole process, we'll learn all about a good design of in portraiture.

• Shapes. Values. Colour Scheme. Texture. Edges.The Art of Knowing When it's Done.

•  Demos will be done in pastel and oil, but acrylic painters are welcome as well

•  Students will work from references, the instructor will help everyone individually

•  Critique of Students' work (optional)


Red Umbrella , 18" x 24" pastel

"The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable" Robert Henri


Contact info for Jane:
website: www.janeromanishko.com
email: janerom@shaw.ca
tel 1.403.560.0894

Workshop Instructor:


Jane Romanishko, ASA, was born in Russia in 1964 and is a graduate of the College of Art Education in Siberia. As well as the 4 years of study involving art history, painting and drawing in European traditions, Jane also holds a Masters Degree in Architecture.
Before finally settling in Canada, Jane lived in Estonia and the United States. Being equally proficient in oil, watercolour and pastel allows her to be a versatile artist and teacher. Her professional accomplishments include the founding of The Airdrie School of Art in 2001, where she still teaches drawing, painting, paverpol sculpture and all other fun and educational things. She also teaches in private schools in Calgary and doing workshops in other parts of the world.

She is a working artist and her work can be found in many private collections throughout North America, Europe and Australia.






Navajo Kid, 16" x 20 " pastel
Trapper, 22" x 28" pastel

Mother, 24" x 30" pastel



Tibetan Woman, 18" x 24" pastel
All Time Music, 22" x 28" pastel

Ernest, 30" x 35 " pastel
Tentative Itinerary

Pick up from Puerto Vallarta Airport
Settling in your hotel, dinner, Art Gallery walk

8am - 9am Breakfast
2 hour scenic drive North to Los Cocos, Nayarit,
where Casa Buena is located.
Optional stop at La Panita Art Market
Settling in, setting up your work space
Demo evening with Jane

7am 40 min Yoga (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Art discussions or movie in the Casa

Early start at 6:30, light breakfast,
7am - 9am organized tour to the Jungle

Exploring and shopping at San Blas,

Lunch at the beach
relax for the rest of the day or
return to you studio to paint
Dinner at Casa Manana

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, critique

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, siesta

Dinner: party with local artists at the Casa Buena

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am-4pm workshop:
Happy hour, siesta, free time
Art Show and Tell

8am - 9am Breakfast
Transport to PV Airport

Young Warrior, 24 x 30 " pastel


Red Head, pastel

Shelby, 18" x 24" pastel

Art Supplies for the Workshop
All art supplies included. please bring your aprons or painting outfits and some space in your suitcases for your project to take home.

Cost: $1500.00 plus GST including Instructions,
most art supplies, 7 days accommodation,
transportation from and to Puerto Vallarta airport,
all breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
entertainment and a field trip to the Jungle.

Payment Options

A. Pay in full 1500.00 plus GST upon registration

B. Make a deposit of $500.00 and pay balance before December 15, 2017

Payment Method

A. send your check (Money draft or certified check if outside of Canada) made payable to Jane Romanishko (contract Jane for her mailing address)
B. Email your money to janerom@shaw.ca

C. Pay via Paypal

Full payment



Cancellation Policy

A. If your workshop is cancelled due to Instructor's unavailability, you will be notified immediately and you will receive a full refund.

B. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 45 days prior to the retreat, you are welcome to transfer 100% of your full payment to another Casa Buena Art Retreat within 2 years of the date of cancellation. You can transfer your payment to another person or any other options that Casa Buena has to offer.

C. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 30 days prior to the retreat, you are welcome to transfer 70% of your full payment to another Casa Buena Art Retreat within 2 years of the date of cancellation.

D. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 14 days or less prior to the retreat, Casa Buena Art Retreat will not issue any refunds or transfers to other session. Your only choice is to transfer your payment to another person.



Los Cocos, Nayarit, Mexico email: janerom@shaw.ca

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