Expressive Portraits in Oils - with Mark Fennell - May 5th & 6th, 2020

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Portrait painting in oils with Mark Fennell RBSA

May 5th - 6th 2020


An inspiring alla prima portrait painting course for beginners or intermediate levels, if you're looking to try a portrait for the first time or improve your portrait painting skills.

Mark will demonstrate and guide you through his well structured approach to painting a portrait wet-on-wet, breaking it down into easy to follow steps that will cover everything from the colour palette and mixing skin tones to working tonally developing the structure of the head and creating a good likeness. This workshop is suitable for the beginner or intermediate levels. On day one you’ll be working from a life model and day two from photographic references.


What to bring:
● Good high quality A4 head and shoulders photographic reference or good range of high resolution images will be available.
● Two pre-primed and grounded canvases or boards, minimum size 18” x 14”.

● A selection of long handle short flat hog paint brushes, in a range of sizes from 2-12, also a small round size 1 synthetic brush.

● Palette knives - Winsor and newton sizes 20 and 22 or similar.

● Zest-It painting medium or a similar low odour thinners and linseed oil or alternatively just Liquin original.
● A dipper/pot to hold the thinners.
● A good size flat mixing palette for oil painters, preferably not paper palettes.
● Oil colours as follows - titanium white, naples yellow, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium red, alizarine crimson, burnt sienna, french ultramarine and ivory black is optional.
● A good size jar for low odour thinners/white spirit substitute to clean brushes, cloths or plenty of tissues.
● Sticks of charcoal (optional).
Please ensure you bring a carrier for taking home your wet painting if painting in oils.
**If you’re trying oils for the first time all materials apart from canvases or boards can be supplied for use over the course at additional cost of £15.
Please bring a good size jar and plenty of cloths or tissues to clean brushes.


Please feel free to contact Mark if you would like advise on materials or you have a specific question about the workshop.



    07702 060113

    The Art Barn, Manor Barn, Adderbury. OX17 3EJ