Portrait Painting (five-session online workshop)

Portrait painting has a rich and fruitful history. In this online class, students will be exposed to not only a brief history of the portrait but also the varying ways a portrait can be made. From alla prima to a more nuanced depiction using oils or acrylics, a sound structure of painting the human portrait will be explored.

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. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

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, Dec. 2.

What you will learn:

  • History of portraiture painting

  • The structure and anatomy of the head/face

  • Alla prima techniques for portrait painting

Required supplies:

  • Canvas* 8” x 10″ or 11” x 14″

  • Three glass jars with lids

  • Cloth rags

  • Hard wooden, plastic, or glass palette with a completely flat surface (no cups)

  • Metal palette knife, the kind with a bent segment between handle and blade (no plastic)

  • Brushes: 2, 4, 6 in round and flat

  • Paints: titanium white, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, cadmium red (or hue), cadmium yellow (or hue), yellow ochre, naples yellow, sap green, pthalo green. Optional: Chinese vermillion or quinacridone magenta (for a cool red), cobalt blue (or hue)