Tuesday 9 May 2017
Explore portrait painting in oils in this short one-day workshop in my kitchen. We work from photos that I will provide and go through initial setup, blocking in, and working into details and we will touch upon all topics that come along during the painting process. I will paint a little along with you, explaining the various stages of an oil portrait. Because we only have one day we will not glaze but work wet in wet (alla prima), trying to get a portrait done within the hours we have. We will discuss colour choices, mixing, drawing, shapes and likeness.
The kitchen has limited space: there is room for 2 students using table easels and around 3 small floor easels. Feel free to bring your own small floor easel if you have one (let me know), but I can provide one for you as well.
- Time: 10am – 4pm
- Where: kitchen, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
Maximum no of students: 5
- Level: Beginner-intermediate
- Parking on drive or on street
- Coffee/tea provided
- Please bring a packed lunch
- Some materials provided (see below)
- Bring your own oil paint
- £ 75
! No turps or solvents! Please do not bring any toxic solvents as we would like to keep the air clean. We have our lunch in the same small space. We can wipe clean brushes on kitchen roll.
- canvas board of varying sizes
- kitchen towelling
- Basic selection of brushes
- disposable palette paper
- paper, pencils if needed.
Oil paint. A decent quality brand will help your efforts. Choose your own colours or for example, dark (Prussian) Blue, medium blue, a bright red, bright yellow, ochre/sienna yellow, a very light near white or white, burnt umber, flesh colour. You can also opt for a limited palette of just brown, red, ochre, black and white. Or anything else you want!
Canvas. If you prefer to bring your own canvas board or canvas please do so.
Brushes. For example a selection of bristle and synthetic filberts, some synthetic round ones for detail. A basic selection will be provided.
Palette. Disposable palette paper provided.
- Something to put your dirty brushes and palette on/in for when you take a break and/or go home. Your painting will be wet when you go home!
Please do not bring too much as space is limited. If you have any questions about the materials or the workshop, feel free to ask!
Workshops May 2017
Kate, oil on linen, 51x51cm
First beginnings in oil…..
Students working on their pastel portraits