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Portrait Painting Workshop

Portrait Painting Workshop

In Person Class

Join us in this comprehensive workshop where you will delve into the complete process of creating a captivating portrait in acrylic, from its inception to its completion. Together, we will embark on a step-by-step journey, painting side by side as I guide you through each stage of capturing the essence of a face. You will gain invaluable insights into creating realistic skin tones and explore the art of pushing the boundaries of colour within the context of the human visage. Additionally, you will learn techniques for transferring your portrait onto canvas, breathing life into the features and infusing them with depth and character. This workshop will empower you with the skills and knowledge necessary to create striking and lifelike portraits that truly resonate with the viewer.

In this workshop we will cover:

  • How to transfer your drawing
  • How to create an underpainting
  • Mapping out values
  • Mixing skin tones
  • Capturing a likeness

A Note from The Tutor

‘Anyone can learn to paint portraits if they know how the process works. Whilst there are different approaches you can take to painting portraits in this workshop I like to share the simplest way to capture a likeness and how to move through each stage with ease. I hope you will join me on this enlightening journey of portrait painting’ Michelle Gibbs

Workshop Details

  • Tutor: Michelle Gibbs
  • Dates: Saturday May 11th 2024
  • Times: 10am – 3pm
  • Location: Artists studio cabin in Horndean
  • Materials are included in the price including paint, brushes, paper
  • Note: Paper will be provided but it is recommended to bring a small canvas no larger than 16 x 12 inches. The tutor will also provide images to choose from, however if you have any of your own please bring the printed version with you.
  • Teas and coffees are provided
  • Class Size: Maximum of 6 people

Ability Level

This workshop is designed for those with some experience in using acrylic, however if you have not used acrylic before I do offer weekly classes. Please contact me if you are unsure.

What to Bring

  • Old clothes / apron
  • Lunch
  • Bottle water / drink (tea & coffee provided
  • Canvas (optional) 20 x 16 inches max (I do have some if you wish so please bring cash, £7 each)
  • Any images you would like to work from, printed out


  • 1 day workshop: £95.00
  • Due today (deposit): £40, balance due 4 weeks before workshop date.
  • Please note deposits are non-refundable

Availability: 6 in stock

Availability: 6 in stock

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About the Tutor

I’ve been painting since 2003 and teaching art classes both on and offline since 2010, It has been incredibly fulfilling to witness the growth and transformation of countless students on their quest to become better painters.

I completely understand the frustrations that often accompany the process of learning to paint, as I’ve personally experienced it too. There’s an overwhelming amount of information out there, and not all of it is reliable or helpful. That’s why my mission is to make this artistic journey as seamless and enjoyable as possible for my students.

Nothing brings me more joy than being able to provide guidance and support to those embarking on their painting journey. I’m here to help you navigate through the challenges and discover your unique creative voice.

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