Portrait Painting

Gain a sense of confidence when attempting a portrait. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of developing a strong likeness. You will learn to see with greater understanding and how to translate what you see into a painting. Students will work from the live model. Several demonstrations will be given. Emphasis in this class is on fundamentals of seeing and mixing color. Skin is a very unique and demanding subject. By learning to see all the subtleties that constitute the illusion of skin in painting students will learn to be much more capable and confident in their approach to painting any subject matter – even abstract painting.

Please note: in our printed course guide, this class is listed as Portrait Drawing but will, in fact, be a portrait painting class. However, if you would prefer to draw, the instructor will be happy to work with you.

This Monday class is eight weeks long to accommodate the two holidays during winter term, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) and Presidents’ Day (February 19). This open studio will not be held on these days and there will not be a makeup for the holidays.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Seeing and mixing color

  • Observing the model’s complexion as a relationship of skin color, hair color and eye color

  • Translating the portrait from drawing to painting

Required supplies:

  • All Winsor & Newton or Rembrandt or Gamblin – do not purchase Winton paints or Utrecht brand paints: Ivory Black All COLORS, Ultramarine Blue, Indian Red, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red Light, Transparent Oxide Red*

  • Mixed White (combination of zinc and Titanium)

  • Liquin*

  • Brushes should be a combination of bristle and sable or artificial sable brushes. I recommend Winsor &Newton brand brushes.* Lexington Filbert series, #’s 6,8 & 10 – two of each; Monarch Filbert series, #’s 4,6 & 8 – two of each; Monarch Round series, #’s, 2, 4 & 6 – two of each

  • Either a “strip” palette made of sheets on a pad , or a wooden palette. Palette cups, which clip onto the palette and hold the medium and solvent.*

  • Mineral spirits, turpenoid or “Gamsol”*

  • Paper towels

  • Stretched canvas, cotton or linen or canvas boards. Suggested sizes: 12 x 14, 14 x 18”, 16 x 20” 18 x 24”*

  • A palette knife is needed for scraping the palette*

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.