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Portraits with Impact | Stephanie Galloway-Brown

Course Overview

This two day workshop is for students with some prior experience who would like to explore portraiture with a difference. Stephanie is known for her respresentational portraits that incorporate interesting elements of the landscape and more into the backgrounds. Stephanie writes My work is a representation of an explorers quiet observations of lands and faces and their relationship to each another.

image: Keas in the Flax Flowers by Stephanie Galloway-Brown

What to expect

Students will work from photographic reference material and learn about:

  • planning a composition that relates to your portrait subject
  • measuring facial proportions and techniques for achieving a likeness
  • learn the importance of a tonal underpainting and establishing a good foundation to build your portrait
  • exploring colour, character and realistic features
  • learn how to set out a colour palette for mixing skin tones

Is this course right for me?

Prior painting experience is assumed


Please bring the following:

A photograph of someone you wish to paint. Bring a clear print or copy out of the photograph at least A4 size. Make sure you can see the facial features clearly. Think about what you might like to include in the background and if you have some ideas (drawings or reference photos) bring these along as well.
Brushes no. 8, 6, 2, 0 Filberts and rounds (Hogs bristles are good with oil)
Small round pointed brushes for later detail work 1, 0, (acrylic brushes are good)
One fan brush
Old rags and paper towels. (Not coloured rags as dye can often transfer)
Canvas or canvas boards roughly A2 size good (If you need to buy cheap canvases, these will need to be pre painted with at least 2 coats of white gesso beforehand & sanded)
Palette, or disposable palette, (larger the better for mixing)
Palette knives, are good for mixing

Students are welcome to work in oils or acrylics, bring your preference.
Stephanie recommends a basic portrait colour palette of: Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Cad yellow light, yellow ochre, Cadmium orange, Cadmium red light, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson (hue will do), Chromium oxide green, Viridian or pthalo green, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue (hue will do), Ivory Black
If using oils, bring Windsor and Newton original Liquin, small size (medium) and ODOURLESS solvent for cleanup.

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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