Portrait Painting in Oils Weekend

(Beginners & Intermediate)

with Mark Fennell RBSA


Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April 2018 - 10am - 4pm

Price: £160

A great painting course for beginners or intermediate levels, if you are looking to try a portrait for the first time or improve your portrait painting skills.


Mark will demonstrate and guide you through his well structured approach to painting a portrait.

Breaking it down into easy to follow steps that will cover everything from the colour palette and mixing flesh tones to working tonally, initially blocking in shape and form to construct the head through to the finer details to create a good likeness.

No experience is needed for this course and is suitable for the complete beginner to both oil paints and portraiture. 

Over the the two days you will have the chance to work from a life model as well as working from good quality reference photographs.

What to bring: 

  • Good photographic reference of a subject of your choice or suitable portrait images will be provided.

  • A pre primed and grounded canvas board or canvas

  • A selection of short flat hog or synthetic paint brushes in a range of sizes from 2 - 12, also small round hog or synthetic brushes size 1 and 2

  • brushes must be suitable for oil painting and not water colour/sable brushes.

  • Palette knifes Winsor and newton sizes 20 and 22 or similar.

  • Turpentine or Liquid original and turps/medium pot

  • Good size flat mixing palette 

  • Oil colours as follows - titanium white, naples yellow, cadmium yellow pale, yellow ochre, 

  • cadmium red, alizarine crimson, burnt sienna, ivory black, french ultramarine

  • A jar and white spirit, cloths or tissues to clean brushes

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