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Portrait Painting in Oils One Day Workshop with Marie Mansfield

Course overview

This is a class for students with some prior oil painting experience who would like to try portrait painting or refresh their skills. Students will work from a model and:

  • learn the proportions of the head and facial structures
  • learn how to paint the features of the face by studying light and tone
  • learn to mix a colour palette for painting portraits
  • learn about tonal painting

In 2016 Marie was a finalist in the Archibald Prize with her painting of fellow New Zealander Euan Macleod (pictured). She is a regular finalist in the Moran Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Black Swan Portrait Prize and Mosman Art Prizes

_image credit Euan by Marie Mansfield, 2016 Archibald Finalist _

Is this course right for me?

Some prior experience with oil painting is assumed


  • Paint Palette
  • Palette Knife
  • 2-3 Canvas boards or canvas 10x12"inch or larger (10x14" or 12x16") what ever feels comfortable.
  • Brushes (long Flat Neef or similar)
  • Odourless Solvent (solvent MUST be odourless) and a couple of jam jars with lids for mixing solvents and clean up
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Acrylic Paint – a tube of white and a tube of raw umber (this is for underpainting)
  • Your Oil Paints. Marie recommends the following as a basic palette for portraiture and skin tones: Titanium White or Zinc White, Ivory Black, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Vermillion Red or Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson (hue will do). Other Optional colours Cerulean Blue (hue will do), Cadmium Red (a warm red), Cadmium Yellow (a warm yellow)
  • Bring an apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on, also bring along disposable gloves particularly if you are sensitive to oil paints and/or solvents

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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