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2 Day Portrait workshop
November 6 & 7, 2021
9:30am - 4:30pm

Instructor: Irene Bailey

Minimum number of students 4.

Due to limited space, tuition $300.00 is due at registration.


Two Day:

This workshop will focus on the basic principles used in painting a Portrait. The first day working from a cast,

the second day working from a model. Students will develop their portrait from an open grisaille to a closed grisaille exploring the underlying abstract value pattern of the subject. In completing the portrait in color, color temperature and color value will be addressed. Instructor will demonstrate each morning to introduce the next stage.

One Day:

Morning demonstration and lecture and afternoon students paint with one on one instruction.

Supply List


What ever you have

Silver Brush Grand Prix or Rosemary brands are recommended

Bristle Filbert # 2 

Bristle Filbert #4 - at least two

plus any brushes you are comfortable with


Viva paper towels - at least  – Viva is a Kleenex brand and is recommended.



Gamsol in container with lid

Bring two containers to allow clean liquid to rise to the top overnight and be poured into fresh container each morning.



 walnut oil or your choice


OPTIONAL - A baseball cap, visor or hat with a brim can prove useful to reduce glare,


CANVAS OR PANEL - 2 - 16” x 20” & 2 12"x16"canvases or panels – Toned (additional canvas is optional)


CANVAS TONING PROCESS: Sand canvas lightly. Use pre-stretched, pre-primed canvas, use a brush to apply one coat of Golden Acrylic N6 Neutral Gray paint diluted with water. The mixture ratio is approximately two parts water to one part paint. To apply the tone, first cover the entire surface of the canvas with the mixture using a 2 or 3-inch wide brush. When the surface is completely covered, ensure the paint surface is smooth by lightly dragging the brush through the paint from one edge to the other across the entire surface. The finished canvas should have a uniform smooth gray finish. Do not apply paint too thick as it reduces the canvas absorbency and makes it more difficult to apply the paint evenly. It will look streaky, and should be a mid to light value gray ground.


WOODEN or glass PALETTE preferred

Large palette, at least 12” x 16”

The wooden palette must be treated, or seasoned, to prevent paint absorption. To treat, apply a coat of regular or quick-dry polyurethane. Let dry, sand lightly. Apply additional coats if needed. To season apply a thin coat of painting medium to the palette, rubbing it in. Repeat daily for about a week. It is important to treat your palette because an untreated palette will quickly absorb the paint oil.

Large glass or other non-porous palettes are also acceptable.

Paper palettes are not recommended.



Professional grade paints are preferred. Windsor & Newton, Gamblin, Old Holland, Rembrant, Williamsburg or Vasari are recommended.

But not required.


* minimum required

 Cadmium Red Deep

*Cadmium Scarlet *

 Permanent Rose

 Perylene Red (optional)

*Alizarin Crimson Permanent *

*Burnt Sienna *

*Raw Sienna *

 Cadmium Green Pale

 Phthalo Green

*Viridian Green *

*Cadmium orange *

*Cadmium Yellow Light or lemon yellow

*Cadmium Yellow medium 

 Indian Yellow

*Cerulean Blue *

 Cobalt Blue

*Ultramarine Blue *

 Phthalo Turquoise

 Dioxazine Purple

 Quinacridone Magenta

 *Titanium White * or Flake/Cremnitz/Silver White (Holbein)

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