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Portrait Painting in Oils

Organised By: Cordell Garfield

Event Information

  • Event Type: Workshop
  • Spaces: Spaces Available
  • Start Date: 02/03/2024
  • Event Time: 10:00 - 16:00

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A one day workshop based on a step by step process to create a portrait from a photographic reference. The process will cover:

• Using oil paints
• The typical proportions of the face
• Measuring and mapping out key features from the photograph
• The use of line, tone, and value to create the portrait

Cordell will provide supporting handouts as part of the workshop to explain and demystify the technical terms and techniques involved. He will also provide short demonstrations to emphasise the process and steps used. You will use a limited colour palette to create a portrait, and Cordell will be on hand to discuss queries and issues etc throughout the day. To book your place contact Northampton Museum & Art Gallery on 01604 838111.

Materials for the Workshop

Oil paper/board/canvas primed for use of oils – size 16 x 12 inches
A2 board for mounting paper on. Masking tape for attaching paper and photo.
Paints – limited colour palette – Titanium white, Ivory black, yellow ochre, vermillion/cadmium red and burnt umber.
Brushes – A range of sizes from 1 inch filbert or flat down to small pointed for more detailed work. Hog hair brushes or synthetics suitable for oils.
Low odour solvent for thinning and cleaning brushes.
Mixing palette.
Paper towels/old rags for cleaning.
Old clothes and cover for table and floor (oils can be messy!)


Address: Northampton Museum & Art Gallery NN1 1DP