Portrait Painting (Monday)

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.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

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 for fall term assistance is Monday, August 29th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Friday, September 2nd.

What you will learn:

  • Students will develop confidence in achieving a likeness

  • Fundamentals of head structure

  • Fundamentals of light and shadow

  • How to see and describe complexions

Required supplies:

  • All Winsor & Newton or Rembrandt or Gamblin – do not purchase Winton paints or Utrecht brand paints:

    • White; Zinc + Titanium (comes in one tube called “mixed white”)
    • Ivory Black
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Indian Red
    • Transparent Oxide Red
    • Cadmium Red Light
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Yellow
  • 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 inches

  • A palette knife is needed for scraping the palette