Painting the Head (Portraits)

This workshop provides participants the opportunity for step-by-step instruction in painting the head and shoulder portrait from self and a model. Lecture, demonstrations and assignments will focus on structure, form, light and shadow, color mixing of flesh tones, perspective and background. Personal expression and structured exercises are combined in a supportive atmosphere. The cost of this workshop is $150 (includes $125 for tuition and a $25 model fee). Because the class is small (limited to seven students) and tailored to the experience of each individual, students may work in the water based painting medium they are comfortable with (as long as it is non-toxic and odorless). Students may also work in a drawing mediup as well. Students working in watercolor may expect to complete three 15x22 works in addition to short exercises and preliminary studies. For more information you may contact Cheryl Chesnut at or Karen Austen at

Saturday, December 6th; 9:30am - 12:30pm (Bring your own lunch), 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Working from a Model

Sunday, December 7th; 9:30am - 12:30pm (Bring your own lunch), 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Working from a Model Continued


  1. Arches (140 lb or 300 lb Cold press or similar)

  2. Several sheets

  3. Round brushes (#12 and #38 if possible)

  4. Flat brushes (3/4" and 1 1/2" (can be a house painting brush)

  5. Palette (white with large mixing area)

  6. Elephant ear sponge or fine textured natural sea sponge

  7. Paint (Examples: cadmium yellow, aureolin or azo yellow, cadmium red light (medium is ok), quinocridone violet, cerulean blue, French ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre)