Portrait Painting (Thursdays, 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.

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 is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

What you will learn:

  • History of portraiture painting

  • The structure and anatomy of the head and face

  • Alla prima techniques for portrait painting

Required supplies:

  • Canvas 8×10 or 11×14 inches

  • 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)