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Acrylic or Oil Portraiture: Eyes, Noses & Lips


Mondays, September 11, 18, & 25     6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Oksana Zhelisko

Have you been practicing your portrait painting for a while, but still find yourself struggling with recreating lifelike eyes, noses, and lips? Do your portraits always seems to result in an underwhelming finish? Or do you walk around portrait galleries in awe with the question, ‘How do they do that?’ Maybe you’re frustrated by your process and don’t know how to change it. Portraits can seem like the toughest subject to crack and you can easily be disheartened by your efforts. One wrong brushstroke can cause a subject to look ‘wrong’ suddenly. This workshop will help you to improve your abilities to paint realistic eyes, noses, and lips, which will in turn help you to create wonderful portraits. The instructor will explain the anatomy of these features, make you aware of necessary details, and show you practical techniques in her demonstrations during the class.

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Professional-quality paint (based on Gamblin Oil or Holbein Acrylic):

Titanium White

Radiant Red (oil) or Holbein Shell Pink (acrylic)

Transparent Earth Red (oil) or Holbein Azo Brown (acrylic)

Cadmium Yellow Medium/Cad. Yel. Med. Hue

Gold Ochre (oil) or Holbein Yellow Ochre (acrylic)

Napthol Scarlet or Cadmium Red Light

Asphaltum (oil) or Burnt Umber (acrylic)

Ultramarine Blue

Raw Sienna

Radiant Violet (oil, optional)

Medium: Oil: Galkyd or Galkyd Lite; Acrylic Gloss or Satin Medium

Canvases: 3 to 6 small canvases (for example, 6”x 6”, 8”x 10”, 5” x 7”)

Brushes: (based on Princeton): #2, #4, #8 #14 (filbert), liner brush #1. Bring all the brushes that you already have.

Other supplies:  Easel, floor or tabletop    palette

Bring your own favourite paints and brushes, too, a few soft clothes for cleaning brushes and a few reference images of eyes, noses and lips.

Other supplies: You may wish to bring suitable art clothes, notepad, snack, drink.

 About the Instructor:  Classically trained in Eastern Europe, Oksana began her career as an artist in L'viv, Ukraine. Oksana entered the Ivan Trush College of Decorative Arts in 1996. There she studied all aspects of art and decided to make painting, especially of murals, her specialty. In 2001, she held her first solo exhibition at the L'viv University of Ivan Franko. It was in preparing her works for this show that she realized she had a love for the medium of oil. She finds that the truest hues are to be found in this medium owing to its prolonged drying time and its ease of mixing. Oksana brings her training, skill, and passion to her painting, and she is versatile in expressive styles. She is adept at many genres, including portraiture, still life, and landscape.