elly smallwood.

Miami, Florida
The Art Basel Edition

DECEMBER 6-9, 2018

The Visionary Projects is delighted to be hosting the "Creating Influential Art using Oil Paint" travel workshop with international Ottawa-based abstract artist Elly Smallwood in Miami, Florida.

Elly Smallwood is a contemporary figurative artist from Canada working primarily in oils. In this four day workshop artists will learn how to paint dynamic and emotional oil portraits. The workshop will begin with the basics of anatomy and proportion and will progress to the small details that give life to a painting, with a focus on loose brushstrokes and bold colors. Students will also explore Miami Beach to learn how to find inspiration in classical art and distill that into concrete ideas, and how to take reference photos that will help bring those ideas to life. On the last day students will work with Elly to each create their own painting based on the reference photos they have taken the previous day. 

Students are invited to bring images of previous work to class so that Elly can review them and give advice.





/ 8AM - 6PM

  • Morning meeting and introduction with big group breakfast (8:00am)

  • Head over to Miami Convention Center for 1st Day of Art Basel Event. Bring a camera + notebook.

  • Attend Artist Talks & Design Miami.

  • Come back to Studio - Unique Demonstrations of the basic anatomy & proportions of the human face and how to transform them into beautiful oil painting portraits (afternoon)

  • Toward the end of the day, everyone will work from the same image - with Elly's assistance - to create individual versions of style & technique.

  • Short demo's will be introduced throughout the afternoon.

While in Art Basel & Design Miami you are on your own, but there will be meeting spots & times.

Day 2 - FRIDAY

/ 9am-6pm

  • We will have a life model available on this day.

  • Exclusive detailed oil painting demonstrations

  • Either continue the piece from the day before or start a second piece based on the second image Elly will be working from.

  • Continuing demos throughout the day of painting, smaller details and more delicate areas.

  • Personal & Professional Portfolio Review


/ 8:30AM - 6PM

  • Concept: We will meet altogether on location (pre-discussed) at 8:30am for a quick breakfast and then you will head off to different special events happening in Miami during this week.
    Bring a Camera + notebook.

  • Objective: Learn how to find inspiration + ideas from modern and contemporary art, take good reference photos and personal recordings for your ideas, then how to compose your own painting out of it and bring your references to life.

  • Come back to the Studio for lunch

  • More Professional Demonstrations from Elly

  • Practice Personal Technique / Small Scale

  • How to Finish a Piece


/ 9AM-6PM

  • More exclusive detailed oil painting demonstrations

  • Working from the photos taken the previous day

  • Composing original & professional works for your portfolio

  • Standing Out and Making it in the Industry as an Artist & Creative Being


6-9 DECEMBER, 2018



Price Includes

All Workshop Tuition & Fee's
Entrance Ticket to Art Basel + Other Events
Group Welcome Dinner / Restaurant on the Beach
Breakfasts & Lunches Each Workshop Day
Extra Art Supplies Available in Studio
Private Transportation During Events
Free Artist Essentials Gift Bag

Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Coffee & Wine
will be provided each workshop day.


Thursday, December 6th - Workshop Day 1
Friday, December 7th - Workshop Day 2
Saturday December 8th - Workshop Day 3
Sunday, December 9th - Workshop Day 4



Airfare, Hotel or Airbnb, Airport Transfer

- Extra -

Once the workshop is filled, you will be invited into a private Facebook Group to connect with everyone participating beforehand. This is where a lot of information about the workshop will be shared and we can coordinate what will be happening throughout the duration of your weekend in Miami!

Tuition & Fee's


We cannot provide accommodation during this special event as this is prime time to be in Miami Beach.
All Hotels & Airbnb's should be prepared for well in advance to prevent sell-outs.

the space


The Visionary Projects is taking this event to Miami Beach.

We have space on an exclusive island in the heart of the city. A five minute Uber ride to anything you need. With a beautiful house, private outdoor space, bright light and ample room - this is the place of your South Florida dreams.

Everything is set up for you to work: tables, easels, projector, art supplies, the list goes on. All you have to do is show up with your art essentials, a good notebook and a sense of adventure.

During this workshop, we create individual workstations for all participants, as well as a demonstration & lecture space for the instructor. Endless coffee, wine and snacks will be provided throughout each day of the workshop.



  • You may read our complete list of Terms & Policies here.
  • A full refund will be made if for any unexpected reason the workshop is canceled.
  • If you withdraw from the trip after making your initial deposit (in the full or half amount), you will receive a 50% refund of your deposit up until 90 days to the event.
  • You may purchase traveler's insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip.