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Learn to Paint and Draw Portraits with Marie Mansfield

Course overview

This painting class is for students who want to learn how to paint portraits. In this class, through a series of exerices, you will learn the skills required to produce accurate and meaningful portraits. Throughout the planned exercises, Marie works with each student at his/her own level, and works to progress each student’s ambitions. Students will benefit from doing tonal studies and colour mixing, and will cater for students who wish to improve their painting skills using their choice of medium. While Marie’s primary interest is oil painting, acrylic painters and watercolour painters will also benefit from this course.
This class is for students with prior experience in their chosen medium.

images: recent portraits by Marie Mansfield

What to expect

Students will learn :

  • about the anatomy and structure of the face and head
  • about using light, tone and proportion in producing a likeness
  • colour mixing in oils so the colours don’t get muddy
  • tonal paining exercises in monochrome and colour
  • techniques to deal with details such as teeth, hair and hands
  • about portrait composition and its impact, with reference to past and present artists

Is this course right for me?

To get the most out of this class, it is recommended that students have previously attended painting classes either at Art Est. or elsewhere.


Art materials are not included in the course fee. Students will need to bring the following:

  • Surfaces: Canvas board or stretch canvas for oils (acrylic primed).
  • Brushes: bring a selection of brushes that you normally use, for oils a ‘Long flat’ is best.
  • Palette and palette knife (long flexible knife with a tapered tip).
  • Paper towels or rags.
  • Paint: The following are the recommended colour palette for portraiture. Vermillion Red or cadmium red, Ivory black Titanium or Zinc White, Burnt sienna. Yellow ochre. Also recommended are Lemon Yellow and Alizarine Crimson.
  • Drawing materials Optional: Bring charcoal along with some cartridge paper (A3 suggested) for sketches and practice.

Students are welcome to bring other paint colours you may already own. For better results, we recommend buying ‘artist quality’ paints.

If using oil paints
Bring odourless solvent for cleanup and diluting mediums. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/mediums must be taken with you and not left in the studios. You tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums.

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

Unless otherwise noted, fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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$460 $437 Limited inc GST
Learn to Paint and Draw Portraits with Marie Mansfield

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Earlybird discount of 5% on term 2 courses when you enrol by 4 April. Fee in green is discounted price.
Price excludes materials | Not for complete beginners prior painting experience is assumed

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Course testimonials:

  • Marie gave great instruction, she was very patient when I was challenged. I had a great time getting back into oil painting, and feel inspired to continue. I especially like the school environment. Its cleaner than most art schools and has great natural light and feeling of space.
  • Best art classes I've ever had
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this class very much. Marie was excellent, knowledgeable, and very helpful in guiding our learning. I enjoyed it so much I am coming back next term. Thank you