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Oil Portraiture for Beginners


Sunday, February 24    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Instructor: Oksana Zhelisko

Whether your goal is to become the next great portrait artist or you just want to find joy in the process of painting a portrait, this class will set you on your path and give you the tools you need to create a successful portrait painting.

Oksana Zhelisko, a professional portrait artist, will introduce you to a basic portrait construction, a concept of form, how to see and understand shape, value and edge as well as how to mix skin colours. She will guide you through applying these skills in practice to complete one portrait.

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:

  • Paint based on Gamblin oil colours: Titanium White    Cadmium Yellow Deep    Cadmium Red Light or Napthol Red    Raw Sienna    Asphaltum    Alizarin Permanent    Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Brushes based on Princeton (dark green handle)

2 x #6 Filbert (bristle)

2 x #2 Filbert (bristle)

1 x #1 Flat (bristle)

1 x Manet 3225 #4 Filbert (skunk hair)

1 x #2 synthetic Round for detail

  • Medium: Galkyd Lite or Galkid
  • Support: 11x14" stretched canvas
  • Other supplies: large palette or palette paper
  • Bring suitable art clothes, hand-/tea towel, soft clothes for brushes, snack, drink, & notebook.

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