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Portraiture Workshop

19 September at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Covid-19 Update (2.4.2020): We are closely monitoring developments relating to Covid-19. Please be aware that the course dates could still be subject to change.


Saturday 19th September

10am – 4pm


This one-day workshop will focus on techniques in portrait painting in oils, for beginner to intermediate artists. We will cover basic colour theory, paint mixing and application, and will concentrate on the use of value to render our subject in a realistic and dimensional way. Experience helpful but not required!

Light refreshments will be provided; please bring a packed lunch if you need. A small selection of paints and surfaces will be available; if you already own some painting kit we would encourage you to bring the suggested materials.



Suggested materials:

4-6 surfaces to paint on: can be canvas, wooden board, paper, etc; small/medium sizes are good, ie. 8×10” — 11×14”. (Please be aware that you will have to transport wet paintings home at the end of the day — I will show you how to pack them up and will bring some extra materials for this purpose.)

Brushes: 5-6 brushes in varying sizes, ideally smaller sizes like 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. Synthetic or synthetic blend are fine, or natural bristles if you prefer.

A palette: can be wood, glass, plexiglass, or disposable pad

A palette knife

Paints: ultramarine blue, cadmium red hue, cadmium yellow hue, and white will be required; yellow ochre, burnt sienna, Payne’s grey are optional.

Linseed oil: this will be used both as a medium and for cleaning your brushes — please no turpentine or spirits!

Kitchen towels or clean cloth rags

Robin Danely is an American artist who has lived and worked in Oxford since 2015. She studied figure drawing and painting in Michigan in 1996, then went on to study painting and printmaking in California. 


Venue: OVADA

Please note: the classes are normally held in our first floor learning space, accessed via stairs only. If this would prevent you from attending, please contact us in advance so that we can discuss individual requirements.


19 September
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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