Portrait Painting

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE
202 547-6839
Teaching Artist, Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m
4 weeks: January 16-Feb 6, 2010 (January 16, 23, 30, Feb 6)
$192 + Materials

This class teaches the fundamentals of painting the head in oil. Students will paint the model from life in 4 sessions. Beginning with a toned canvas, students will execute a careful drawing and subsequently build up the structure of the head from darks to lights. Emphasis is on understanding the structure of the head and learning to mix colors to create realistic and harmonious flesh tones. The class will begin with a demonstration of the alla prima technique, used by John Singer Sargent and handed down through generations of atelier painters and teachers. Experience with drawing and/or painting preferred.