Portrait Painting (five-session workshop)

Portrait painting has a rich and fruitful history. In this course, 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.

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)