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Oil Painting Master Class | Portrait Painting with Marie Mansfield

Course overview

This is master class style workshop is for students with 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 2018 Marie is in the Archibald Prize Salon des Refuses with her painting of Nick Stathopolos, 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, 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 prior experience with oil painting is assumed


  • Paint Palette
  • Palette Knife
  • 2 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
  • 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.
  • Other colours could include: 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

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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$380 $361 Limited inc GST
Oil Painting Master Class | Portrait Painting with Marie Mansfield

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2019 Summer Art School Early Bird Offer. Enrol in a Summer Art School workshop before 30 September and receive a 5% saving
Price includes model fee but excludes materials | Prior experience with oils is assumed

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • The one day painting workshop with Marie Mansfield was fantastic. Marie is a gifted artist and generous with her knowledge of materials and techniques for painting the portrait. The venue is spacious and light and ample parking was a nice surprise. Definitely a great day and went home with a better understanding of how to plan out your palette and mixing skin tones.