22FALL Advanced Portrait Painting MON 1:30PM (09/12-12/12)

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Instructor: Jonathon Hodge / Sept 12 - Dec 12 / Monday / 1:30PM-4:30PM
Class Size: 5-8

Learn the intricacies of classical portrait painting in this oil painting course. Learn how to create the illusion of three-dimensional form and realistic flesh tones while capturing the likeness of a sitter. We will cover proportion, value, color mixing and simplification of detail while working from a live model. Painting from life is one of the most fulfilling and fundamental practices for artistic development. There will be live demos, personalized critiques, lectures and Q&A to help students hone their technical skills and explore their artistic vision.

Prerequisites: Figure Drawing preferred. Prior painting experience welcomed.

You can bring whatever oil paint colors you’re most comfortable using. My recommendations are below. All paints should be professional quality and not student grade. Paint brands to consider are Gamblin, Michael Harding, Old Holland, Windsor & Newton, Williamsburg, Rublev or Holbien.

  • Titanium White
  • Flake White
  • Naples Yellow Italian (Williamsburg)
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Transparent Earth Yellow (Gamblin)
  • Raw Sienna
  • Cad Red Light
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Ivory Black
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Olive Green (Holbien)
  • Viridian
  • Sable or Synthetic Filbert Brushes in an assortment of Sizes, such as 0, 2, 4 & 6
    (The Rosemary brand of brushes are ideal. Da Vinci or Windsor & Newton are good too. Just make sure they're professional grade.)
  • Palette Knife
  • Bar of unscented Ivory soap for brush cleaning
  • Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits & Air Tight Container
  • Cold Pressed Linseed Oil & Small Container
  • Blue Paper Towels or Paint Rags
  • You can bring whatever supports you’re most comfortable painting on. I’d recommend having a few surfaces that measure 6” x 8”, 9” x 12” and 17” x 24.” These can be panels made of wood or aluminum or stretched canvas. All surfaces should either be oil primed or sealed with 3 coats of acrylic gesso. All surfaces should be free of texture and sanded to a smooth finish.
  • 9” x 12” Panels (wood, aluminum DiBond, or mounted canvas is fine. Panels should be oil primed or have at least three coats of acrylic gesso, and be sanded to a smooth finish)
Additional Details
Hodge, Jonathan
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Registration Date:
August 29, 2022
2 Reviews
  • 4

    22Fall Advanced Portrait Painting

    Published by Cindy Janecke on Oct 31st 2022

    Jonathan is a good, patient teacher. This class is much need and I'm very glad the Academy is offering it. Since this is the fist time offered, Jonathan is still trying to figure out basic logistics re the class structure. It will be even better once he has more familiarity with the Academy under his belt.

  • 4

    Advanced Portrait Painting

    Published by Teresa Villarrubia on Oct 28th 2022

    I am enjoying the class, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn portraiture in oils. Jonathan is a very affable instructor who knows and teaches classical oil painting techniques. Although we have not yet covered anything “earthshattering” for me yet, I hope to learn advance techniques of the indirect oil painting method during the remainder of the semester. I really like that we will have one model and one pose throughout the rest of the session to slowly learn the process.