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Online | Oil Painting Master Class | Portrait Painting with Marie Mansfield

Join Marie Mansfield, winner of the 2021 Portia Geach Memorial Award, for a two day portrait painting master class. Marie will show you techniques of portrait painting through studying proportion and how to paint features by observing tone. Students will be taken through a block-in exercise and finish with a study in oil.

Over the two days students will:

  • 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 2021 Marie was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award for her portrait _Tilly _ of fellow Art Est tutor Matilda Michell. 2018 Marie was in the Archibald Prize Salon des Refuses with her painting of Nick Stathopoulos, and in 2016 was a finalist at the AGNSW with her painting of fellow New Zealander Euan Macleod. She is a regular finalist in the Moran Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Lester Portrait Prize and Mosman Art Prizes_

Small image credit _Tilly _by Marie Mansfield, oil on canvas 122x92cm. Winner 2021 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Hero image credits: portraits by Marie Mansfield Nick Stathopoulos, Tilly and Garth

Is this course right for me?

This is a master class for experienced oil painters. Not for beginners.


  • Melamine palette or Palette pad
  • Palette Knife
  • 2 Canvas boards or canvas 10x12" or larger (10x14" or 12x16") what ever feels comfortable.
  • Brushes (Synthetic long Flat Neef or similar) recommended size 4 and 6
  • Odourless Solvent (solvent MUST be odourless) and a couple of jam jars with lids for mixing solvents and clean up
  • Rags or paper towels
  • 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 and Raw Umber.
  • Other colours could include but are not necessary for skin tone: Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson (hue will do). 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

Use Your NSW Discover Voucher

This class is eligible for the NSW Discover Voucher so you can save $25 on your total cost. To book with your Discover Voucher, simply use our online form in the link below or book over the phone. Please ensure you have your voucher in the form of a PDF ready when you book (this would have been emailed to you by Service NSW).

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This class will run online

This class will run online. Click here to see our guide to online learning.

Fees for online classes exclude art materials. To see a list of local art supply retailers, click here.

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