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Oil Portrait in 4 Colours


Mondays, February 3, 10, & 24    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Oksana Zhelisko

It is much easier to achieve a harmonious look to your painting if you learn to use just few colours, and to blend them effectively. In this class you’ll use just 4 colours!

The ‘Zorn palette’ refers to a palette of colours attributed to the great Swedish artist, Anders Zorn (18 February 1860 – 22 August 1920). The Zorn palette comprises just 4 colors: yellow ochre, ivory black, cadmium red, and titanium white.

In this class series, learn how to:

  • gain greater balance in your portrait painting
  • create an easy colour harmony
  • manage tone and composition
  • achieve more luminescence through colour mixing

The instructor will explain anatomy, 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 art career in L'viv, Ukraine. Oksana studied at the Ivan Trush College of Decorative Arts. She chose 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:

  • Oil colours: Titanium White, Gold Ochre, Cadmium Red, Ivory Black
  • Brushes: Princeton Filbert (green handle): 2 #2, 2  #6, 1  #8, 1  #0 or #1 synthetic Round, 1 synthetic Liner
  • Medium: Galkyd Lite or Galkyd (or any other medium of your choice)
  • Canvas: 12x16”
  • Palette: disposable paper palette or wood/plastic palette

Bring suitable art clothes, hand-/tea-towel, soft cloth, sketch/notebook, snack, drink

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