Portraits in Oils

Art & Crafts |
5th November 2021

Portraits in Oils | Fri 5 Nov – Fri 17 Dec | 1-3pm | £75 (5 weeks) | 16+ | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Portraits in Oils is an opportunity to develop portrait painting in oils while working directly from a model.  The course will cover good oil painting practice and learning to use different oil painting techniques for portraiture, including tonal painting and limited colour palettes.

If this course has already started there may be places still available. Please contact sales@breweryarts.co.uk

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught? 

Through a series of observational portrait painting tasks, you will learn to:

  • Appreciate basic proportions and structure in relation to portraiture.
  • Mix colour and tone with purpose and meaning.
  • Understand and represent the tone and structure of the human form.
  • Develop mark-making with oil and oil-based painting mediums.
  • Appreciate the portraits of other artists.

Each week there will be a clothed portrait model present to work directly from.
Different methods of teaching and learning will include practical work, demonstrations, group discussion, one-to-one advice and guidance, looking at work by other artists, and peer learning.

Important Information

Please note there are no classes during weeks beginning 15 November and 6 December.

What do I need to bring?

  • One dark oil paint (black, burnt umber, ultramarine blue or another dark colour of your choice) is needed for the first session. For other sessions, a basic palette will be needed but you might want to wait till the course begins before purchasing your colours
  • Palette to put paint on (this can be a tray or varnished bit of wood).
  • Range of brushes – the largest should be at least ½ “.
  • Pure Turpentine or similar oil painting solvent (low odour alternatives like Zest It or Sansodor)
  • Turps substitute or white spirit to wash brushes in.
  • at least two glass jars to put solvents in (one must have a lid to take used solvents away).
  • Surfaces to paint on (the surface can be cheap but should be well primed with an acrylic primer e.g. gesso).
  • Overalls or old shirt should be worn to protect your clothes.

Are there any additional costs?


About the tutor

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait Award for young artists in 2001/2.  She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019.  As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is collected internationally and she works from her home-based studio in Kendal.  Her artwork focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.

portraits oil Catherine MacDiarmid


5th November 2021

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