Self-Portrait Painting (six-session workshop)

To capture the personal gaze of self-portraiture using oil paint as a tool of mark-making. Painting the Self-Portrait is a class that encourages the artist to paint their own self-portrait using mirrors, to observe their mark-making as they relate the image to a surface. Understanding the primitive eye and the critical eye. Each class will have an hour demo on painting with different mediums on diverse surfaces. Gaining the use of the artist vocabulary through the dialogue of art within the art of critique or artist feedback sessions.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

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 Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • Observing and painting the self-portrait through the mirror

  • The structure of head and face

  • Descriptive qualities of mark-making

  • Effects of lighting and how awareness of tone and color relates to the self-portrait

Required supplies:

  • Mirrors (full length or smallest 8 x 10)

  • Various brushes include, round, flat, and fan ranging in sizes

  • Rags or Viva paper towels

  • Oil Painting mediums

  • Oil paint sets or individual selected paints for your pallet. Colors: Olive Green; Titanium White; Ultramarine Blue; Burnt Umber; Burnt Sienna; Cadmium Orange*; Cadmium Yellow*; Permanent Rose; Flake White; Cerulean Blue; Alizarin Crimson; Permanent Green; And any other oil paints that you would like to use on your pallet.

    *Cadmiums can be more expensive than a general color, if you can find the hue of the cadmium that will be acceptable for this course.

  • Refined linseed oil

  • Mineral spirits (no turpentine)

  • Surfaces do not have to be canvas but please make sure your surface will be compatible with the oil paint, e.g., canvas, wood, certain drawing papers, etc.

  • Sizes of surfaces can also range to 18x 24 inches to larger, provided we have space to create and store and let dry after class.