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 onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

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:

  • Gamsol

  • Paper towels

  • Canvas panels (no smaller than 9 x 12 inches)

  • Brushes (variety of synthetic and/or bristle brushes)

  • Paper palette

  • Suggested palette:

    • Titanium White
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Raw Sienna
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Yellow Hue
    • Cadmium Orange Hue
    • Alazarin Crimson
    • Dioxazine Purple
    • Cerulean Blue Hue

    The instructor highly recommends the Utrecht Hues as they’re affordable, safe, and the colors are of good quality.