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427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
United States

719-520-1899

INTRO TO OIL PAINTING: ELEMENTS OF PORTRAITURE

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INTRO TO OIL PAINTING: ELEMENTS OF PORTRAITURE
INSTRUCTOR: JESS PREBLE

Part of the Foundations of Oil Paint series by Jess Preble. This 4 week session will introduce portraiture in oil painting. You will have the opportunity to focus on becoming comfortable with construction of dynamic oil portraiture while using simple and inexpensive materials. We will learn the elements of a portrait, and how to correctly translate ears, eyes, noses, etc. in relation to each other using basic anatomy. This class will also place emphasis on incorporating dramatic lighting and composition into portraits, as well as using the weight of your negative space.

This class is preceded by Intro to Black and White, Monochromatic and Intro to Color. One of these intro courses or equivalent basic painting experience is required for Intro to Portraiture.

You will finish this series with 1 - 2 completed oil portraits, and a deeper understanding of what elements are key to life and honest emotion in your portraiture.

MATERIALS
Canvases - Pick up a few different sizes. I like to use 16”x20”, try a few smaller and one big one!

Flat surface to use as palette - Can be a plate, palette paper, piece of thick glass, metal tray, thick piece of plastic, etc. Please do NOT bring palettes with indentations or bowls/dips/cups.

1 glass jar with lid
Small palette knife
Odorless mineral spirits or paint thinner - Can be purchased in hardware department of Walmart.
Cotton rags/old T shirt/old towel
Paint brushes - I recommend a #4, #6 and a few bigger. Try a couple different shapes - Filbert, Bright, Flat, and Round. Please make sure your brushes are designed for oil paint, as brushes for other types of paint will dissolve/fall apart in paint thinner.

The following paint colors in standard oil paint (NOT water soluble):
Titanium White
Alizarin Crimson
Magenta
Viridian Green
Prussian Blue or Phthalo Blue
Cerulean Blue
Cadmium Yellow
Naples Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber
Black (Can be any type of black)
A sense of humor and humility
A willingness to make mistakes