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Live Portrait Painting with Michela

For intermediate level youth students

  • Started Apr 5
  • 255 US dollars
  • Village Center 756 Walker Rd


Students learn to combine the knowledge of the planes of the head and understanding of color to build a convincing three-dimensional, long study portrait. In a series of steps, students build the portrait from open grisaille to duotone to full color paint application in the 23 pigment studio Incamminati palette. We will be using both palette knives and brushes. This approach leads to symmetry and correctly lining up the features in perspective. The layering of wet into wet technique will be emphasized, along with the mixing of strings into the five basic value scale. Light key will be explored in a cool, neutral artificial light situation on the model. We will address the basic concepts of mass, the planes of the head and features, anatomy, how the geometric planes relate to the organic anatomy, merging the planar and the organic, flesh tones in light and shadow, approaching hair and highlights, and finally, the unusual angle. Command of the drawing skill and proficiency inn the handling of oil paint is recommended. Students are required to purchase their own art supplies. Please email Director of School Claire Lynch at for supply list.

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The Arts of Great Falls, Walker Road, Great Falls, VA, USA

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