Portrait Painting (six-session workshop)

Portrait painting has a rich and fruitful history. In this workshop, 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 in-person class that will take place in our fourth-floor rear studio with strict social distancing protocols and a maximum of six students in the space. Students will be required to wear masks for the entire duration of the class. 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 is Friday, May 28.

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)