Oil Painting – Portraiture (3x sessions)

Art Course £65.00

Date: 28 January 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Online (Zoom)


Course Description: Learn oil painting techniques to paint a portrait!

This introductory 3x session course is suitable for anyone looking to take their first steps in portraiture or oil painting.

You’ll learn portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw and paint portraits in oils. Sketch studies drawn with charcoal and pastels will help inform the painting stage.

You can work from either a photograph or a mirror for a self portrait.


*This course is suitable for absolute beginners and up


Thursdays (3x sessions)

6:00 – 8:00pm GMT

Jan. 28th, Feb. 4th & 11th

Online (Zoom)



Jan. 28th & Feb. 4th – Charcoal/pastel drawings used as studies to inform value and colour in your painting  Oil painting techniques: Underpainting

Feb. 11th – Oil painting techniques: mixing skin tones, blocking in colour, using directional brush strokes, blending



The sessions will be hosted through Zoom.

Please download the Zoom app. If you haven’t zoomed before don’t worry, it’s not complicated. A little blue camera symbol will pop up on your phone, pad and laptop.

You’ll find the Zoom link for the sessions on the booking ticket AND I will send you the link via email that will take you directly to the sessions (no password required) on the day of the workshop.

I will start the session 15mins before the official start of the workshop. This will give us an opportunity to iron out any technical difficulties if there are any and have a chat



* Photograph of your choice printed out. This could be a photo of yourself or a loved one. Ideally it will be a portrait from the chest up and have enough detail and clarity to allow you to work from. Alternatively you could set up a mirror for a self portrait.


  • Oil Paints
  • Metal palette knives of different sizes and shapes
  • Turpentine
  • Linseed Oil
  • Cloth rags (to wipe palette knives or canvas)
  • Gloves
  • Brushes
  • Canvas
  • Gesso or white acrylic
  • Paper
  • Charcoal
  • Coloured pastels
  • Palette


Oil Paint Colours

The colours listed (below) are staples and can be mixed to create almost any colour you could want.

Colours that are nice to choose yourself based on personal preference tend to be secondary colours and yellows; greens, pinks, violets, oranges, yellows.

Earthy Tones; Umber and Sienna (these two are a must) but there are different tones of each that you choose from.

Why Work with a Limited Colour Palette?

Working with a consistent and limited colour palette allows you to get to know, over time, how each pigment behaves and mixes with others. The great thing is that once you get to know how these colours mix you can translate it to any other art medium!


(* )These are personal favourites of extra colours but you can choose your own based on taste


  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • * Naples Yellow (softer and more subtle than the cads yellow family)
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue or Prussian blue (these are both deep)
  • Cerulean (good for skies)
  • * Sap Green
  • * Viridian (this is an intense green)
  • * Pthalo green (dark)
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Titanium White
  • * Zinc White (more translucent) good for portraits
  • Ivory Black
  • * Paynes grey


Adults only workshop 18+ yrs

Tickets are non refundable


Any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with Flora Ménager:

tel: 07379071336

email: lifeinterpretedstudio@gmail.com


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