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Acrylic or Oil Portraiture: Eyes, Noses, & Lips


Mondays, January 28 + February 4 & 11     6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Oksana Zhelisko

Portraits can seem like the toughest type of painting to do well. One wrong brushstroke can cause a subject to look ‘wrong’ suddenly. Now you can improve your abilities to paint realistic eyes, noses, and lips, which will in turn help you to create wonderful portraits. The instructor will explain the anatomy of these features, make you aware of necessary details, and show you practical techniques in her demonstrations.

About the Instructor:  Classically trained in Eastern Europe, Oksana began her career as an artist in L'viv, Ukraine. Oksana entered the Ivan Trush College of Decorative Arts in 1996. There she studied all aspects of art and decided to make painting, especially of murals, her specialty. In 2001, she held her first solo exhibition at the L'viv University of Ivan Franko. Oksana brings her training, skill, and passion to her painting, and she is versatile in expressive styles. She is adept at many genres, including portraiture, still life, and landscape.

Supplies: Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies: Professional-quality paint (based on Gamblin Oil or Holbein Acrylic):

  • Titanium White
  • Radiant Red (oil); Holbein Shell Pink (acrylic)
  • Transparent Earth Red (oil); Holbein Azo Brown (acrylic)
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium/Cad. Yel. Med. Hue
  • Gold Ochre (oil); Holbein Yellow Ochre (acrylic)
  • Napthol Scarlet or Cadmium Red Light
  • Asphaltum (oil) Burnt Umber (acrylic)
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Raw Sienna
  • Radiant Violet (oil, optional)

Medium:  Oil: Galkyd or Galkyd Lite               Acrylic: Gloss or Satin Medium

Canvases: 3 to 6 small canvases (for example, 6”x 6”, 8”x 10”, 5” x 7”

Brushes:  (based on Princeton) Filberts #2, #4, #8 #14 + Liner #1. Bring your own brushes as well

Palette or palette paper

*Bring your own favourite paints and brushes, too, a few soft clothes for cleaning brushes and a few reference images of eyes, noses and lips.*

Bring art clothes, hand-/tea towel, paint rag, notebook snack, drink

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