Portrait Painting in Oil 

Wednesdays 6-8 pm CT
June 14th - July 19th 2023

Master painting realistic portraits in 6 weeks.

Join class in-studio at School of Realist Art, or fully participate from home through virtual attendance.

Space is limited and materials are provided with in-studio attendance. In-studio participants are also able to utilize live meetings any time.

Virtual participants join in real-time via a private, Zoom-like platform only for students of School of Realist Art. At least twice during class, email photos of your progress and Lacey will digitally illustrate feedback.

All meetings are recorded and available on the SoRA platform.

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How to Start a Portrait

We will cover the basics of how to properly begin an oil painting.

  • Lesson 1: Imprimatura and Drawing Basics
    • Along with a discussion about identifying what is makes a good photo reference for a painting, we will talk about how to tackle the 'drawing' aspect of beginning a painting using a monochromatic brown and white painting to start.
  • Lesson 2: Foundations of Skin Tones
    • Here we will step our toes into the concepts of flesh tones: What colors make up different complexions and how can we mix them? I introduce a simple way to start understanding how to mix colors that represent skin.
  • Lesson 3: Mixing Skin Tones with Complements
    • This is where things really start to get fun! We'll explore a variety of ways to mix skin tones using bright, chromatic colors. I'll also share with you how I made the painting, right, with only a red, a green, black, and white.

Beyond the Basics

There's more to creating a great painting than drawing and copying skin tones. Here we'll delve into how to layer oil paint and give your image that little something else.

  • Lesson 4: Painting in Layers and Fat Over Lean
    • If we want to create a more controlled finish with greater depth of color and a more accurate likeness, we need to work over multiple sessions. Here we'll cover how to make sure that goes well and creates an archival result.
  • Lesson 5: How to Not Let Details Ruin Your Painting
    • Sometimes it seems like that fresh beginning leads to an awkward stage and it feels like the painting has been ruined. Here I'll teach you what you need to focus on to move through this middle stage successfully.
  • Lesson 6: Questions to Ask When Finishing a Painting 
    • It can be hard to know when a painting is finished! This final class will show you how to push the feeling of realism, depth, and focus in the final work. This is what can give your painting that wow factor!

Learn to Paint Realistic Portraits

Join the group class live in-studio or virtually Wednesdays 6-8 pm CT
June 14th - July 19th 2023
Can't make it to the live meeting? No problem!
Everything's recorded so you won't miss a thing.

Attend In-Studio
Attend Virtually