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Michelle Grant’s Advanced Workshop on Drawing Realism

Drawing on Experience - Michelle Grant Realism Workshop

This Workshop is SOLD-OUT. Put your name on the Waitlist below or by calling the store 403.258.3500 or signup for NEWSLETTER to hear about the next one.

Advanced Weekend Workshop

  • Saturday, April 8 10am-4pm
  • Sunday, April 9 10am-4pm

$260 Paper Included

Two-day advanced workshop aimed at honing your pencil pushing skills! Learn some new tidbits of knowledge to polish the realism of your graphite drawings.

Michelle Grant, Pencil Pilot Extraordinaire, will offer up some new ways to approach putting pencil to paper with simple, but constructive exercises.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pencil work and drawing experience is a must. I must apologize in advance, but no beginners at this time. The class will be covering exercises that will help streamline your approach to rendering high realism, and not necessarily cover drawing basics.

western horseman michelle grant coverArt Instructor Bio - Michelle Grant

  • Graduate Alberta College of Art & Design (1987), Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • Signature Member, American Academy Of Equine Art, Georgetown, KY.

Native Calgarian, Michelle Grant has been the recipient of numerous international awards for her work. A diverse artist, Michelle has worked with the Royal Canadian Mint since 2002 designing numerous gold, silver and circulation coins. In addition, she has participated in creating the Mural Mosaic for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Michelle exhibited in the Calgary Stampede’s Western Art Show & Auction for many years and garnered the distinguished 2012 Artistic Achievement Award. She was selected to create the Calgary Stampede’s 100th year commemorative gold and silver coins for the Royal Canadian Mint. She has participated in many fundraiser "Quick Draws" for the Calgary Stampede, Rodeo Royal and the CM Russell Art Show in Montana.

She was commissioned by the Calgary Stampede’s President, Bill Gray, to create his vision for the prestigious Calgary Stampede 2016 poster. Titled “Born To Buck”, the painting features three mares and three foals, selectively bred for their athleticism and aptitude to buck. The Calgary Stampede is world renown for their Born To Buck program.

Art instruction is one of her strengths, with her teaching adult art lessons and conducting workshops since the mid-1990’s. She presently teaches at Swinton’s Art Instruction & Supply. Her work has beenpublished in many magazines and books, most recently having her painting “Sky High” chosen for the July 2013 Western Horseman’s rodeo issue.

Michelle was featured on the television program "Hidden Gems" that aired in 2009, and she has been a featured guest on the award-winning "Cowboy Country Television”.

Working from her studio in Calgary, the consistent quality of her work has resulted in its' collection by both private and corporate clients world-wide.

Supply List: 

  • Steadtler pencils 4h, 2h, Hb, 2b, 4b, 6b,
  • kneaded eraser
  • blue tack eraser,
  • white final eraser
  • small tortillion
  • pencil sharpener
  • sanding pad
  • Tracing paper or vellum
  • low tack blue painters tape
  • paper will be provided


  • Online Registration (SOLD_OUT)
  • In store: 7160 Fisher Street S.E. Calgary, AB
  • By Phone: (403) 258-3500
  • Email: info@swintonsart.com

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