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Intro to Portrait Painting in Oils One Day Workshop Marie Mansfield

Course overview

Have you always wanted to tackle portrait painting in oils, but you’re not sure where to start? Then this one day primer is for you. Award winning portrait artist Marie Mansfield will show you techniques of portrait painting through studying proportion and how to paint features by observing tone. Students will work from a model and get an introduction to

  • the proportions of the head and facial structures
  • how to paint the features of the face by studying light and tone

In this workshop you will work monochromatically or with a very limited palette.

In 2018 and 2019 Marie is in the Archibald Prize Salon des Refuses, and in 2016 was an Archibald finalist at the AGNSW with her painting of fellow New Zealander Euan Macleod. She is a regular finalist in the Moran Prize, Kilgour Art Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Black Swan Portrait Prize and Mosman Art Prizes

_image credit Euan by Marie Mansfield, 2016 Archibald Finalist _
_image credit Nick Stathopoulos by Marie Mansfield _

Is this course right for me?

Some experience with oil painting is assumed. Not for absolute beginners.


  • Paint Palette
  • Palette Knife
  • 2 Canvas boards or canvas 10x12"inch or larger (10x14" or 12x16") what ever feels comfortable.
  • Brushes (Synthetic long Flat Neef or similar) recommended size 4 adn 6
  • Odourless Solvent (solvent MUST be odourless) and a couple of jam jars with lids for mixing solvents and clean up to take home.
  • 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.
  • 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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Course testimonials:

  • Class was excellent and I learned a lot. Marie was patient and informative.