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Course Number: 241PTOP180

Dates: Sunday, February 25 - March 17, 2024
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Meets: Su from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM , 4 sessions

Fee: $200.00

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This course ended on March 17, 2024

Learn how to paint human or pet portraits with oil paints. Capture accurate likeness of your subject with a unique stencil technique. This is not cheating. It’s a short cut. A stencil is used as well as free hand drawing. It is recommended that you have basic drawing and oil painting skills.

You must be able to print out your reference on standard 8.5 X 11 paper. This will be used as your stencil and will be disposed of after use. Print more than one so you have a reference. When selecting a reference photo, make sure that your subjects face is large enough to fill an 8”X10” canvas with balanced negative space on the edges. An 8”X10” canvas is required.

After your line drawing is applied to the canvas, we will complete the painting by building up layers during each session. The instructor will guide you through the entire process.

Using the stencil is not mandatory. You can paint free hand if you prefer. Make sure your reference photo is clear and has good lighting.
Fee: $200.00

Save $20.00 with a Spruill Center for the Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-member$ 200.00
Optional FeeDonation$ 1.00

Chad Creasy

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I've always enjoyed being creative. In my younger years my dream of becoming a musician crossed paths with my natural aptitude for visual art. Creating posters and album covers for the bands eventually led to an interest in painting and graphic design.

I'm a native to Atlanta, I studied painting at the Atlanta College of Art. I graduated as a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2001. My wife and I moved to New York City to pursue the glamorous lives of starving artists. It was very competitive and inspiring. We eventually moved back to Atlanta and had children. I took on a graphic artist career to support my growing family. Time for making paintings got scarce for a while.

By 2015 I began to notice I had more free time. My children were older. I needed a way to focus on the present moment and find happiness. I always express myself with creativity. My longing to return to my artistic roots prompted me to pull out my paints again. After posting my first painting on social media, it sold instantly. I haven't put down the brush since. For several years I have enjoyed a steady flow of commissions and sales. Painting has always been part of my true nature.

Oil paints are my primary medium. I paint portraits, landscapes, and I have a special focus on animals. You can take a look at my website for examples of my work,

I also have a YouTube channel Paint Good with Chad, where I host painting tutorials.

Date Day Time Location
02/25/2024Sunday10 AM to 1 PM RM 113
03/03/2024Sunday10 AM to 1 PM RM 113
03/10/2024Sunday10 AM to 1 PM RM 113
03/17/2024Sunday10 AM to 1 PM RM 113


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