Portrait Painting

Gain a sense of confidence when attempting a portrait. In this online class, 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 photographs and master copies. Demonstrations will be given in the first hour of class. The emphasis in this class is on the 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.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Due to Labor Day, this class will begin on September 14, 2020.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • Seeing and mixing color

  • Observing the subject’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. The instructor recommends 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