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How to Paint a Portrait


13 January – 31 March 2022 / 6.30pm – 9.00pm
12 Thursdays / No half term break

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Reserve How to Paint a Portrait now for 10 minutes before anyone else does!


12 Thursdays

Explore the fascination and particular challenge of portraiture through drawing and oil painting from a model. There will be a focus on technique from drawing through to finding tone and colour, covering the handling and application of paint. Focusing on anatomical drawing we will include detailed study of the human skull, the structure of the eyes, the nose, the mouth and ears. Poses will be held over several weeks and individual approaches will be discovered and encouraged.

13 January – 31 March 2022 / 6.30pm – 9.00pm
12 Thursdays / No half term break

Tutor: Gianluca Rotelli
Course #: TH08

Materials List

Suggested Materials List

• Brushes N4 to N12 Cornelissen Series 44 Hog Bristle Filbert
• Wooden palette approx 25 x 35cm
• Painting knife size 1 to 3 (for mixing colours on the palette)
• Dipper – double dipper ideally

Odourless thinners (turpentine and white spirit not permitted in school)
Sansodor is most commonly is fine.

• Jam jar (for cleaning of brushes)
• A roll of paper kitchen towel or similar (for cleaning brushes as you paint)

Painting Medium – optional and we can discuss the merits of using painting mediums later on. Fundamental basis medium is ” Linseed oil”.
• Linseed oil
• Walnut oil
• Poppy oil
• Mastic varnish
• Damar varnish
• Larch Venice Turpentine
• Roberson Siccative

Oil Paints
Needed on first day

• White lead, Cremnitz White (Michael Harding)
• Titanium White
• Yellow Ochre
• Cadmium Red light
• Cobalt blue deep
• Burnt Umber
• Ivory black (All preferably artist’s quality – Old Holland, Michael Harding)

Drawing Materials
• Artist Sketchbook (A4)
• Drawing pencils “3H to 2B”
• Conte pencil and / or sticks (white, black)
• Putty Rubber
• Masking Tape H


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