Portrait painting

Jessica portrait

Workshop outline.

This workshop will focus on watercolour techniques for doing portraits.

Getting a likeness is something that comes with practice and we will concentrate on techniques and styles before worrying too much about recognising the subject although it's always fun when that happens.

We will look at lighting and the effect it can have on your subject as it is really important.

It would be good if you can bring photos of people you would like to try and paint. I will also have photos that I will bring. Small snapshots can be difficult but sometimes I can enlarge them. Larger photos are much easier to work from.

Don't forget you could bring a mirror and try a self portrait!

Beginners and more experienced artists are catered for in the small workshop format and everyone works at their own pace.


Classes start at 9.30 am sharp and finish around 4.30 pm.

Tea, Coffee and biscuits are provided during the workshop.

Lunch (usually 12:30 to 1:30 pm) may be purchased at the nearby shops or brought to class by students.

Please note:

•That certain aspects of the planned program may be modified to suite the workshop.

•The course fee is for tuition only and doesn't include materials, transport or accommodation (if required).


Materials list.

Whatever brushes you have - some will also be available for use at the workshop.

•To purchase:

•1 1/2” Taklon flat (Roymac Achiever Taklon India are excellent value)

•1” Taklon flat

•No. 8 Taklon round (or similar)

•a small sponge

•Watercolour paints: I use Windsor & Newton artist’s quality but they are expensive. If you have others then bring them.

•Colours: for starters (Daler Rowney is a good brand)

•Ultramarine Blue

•Cerlean Blue

•Cobalt Blue (optional)

•Cadmium Yellow

•Permanent Rose

•Raw Sienna

•Burnt Sienna

•Plus any others that you have.

•Paper: Arches cold pressed 300 gsm 1 sheet, Arches rough 300 gsm 1 sheet,

•Sketchbook A4 or A5

•Masking tape.

•Bring a folding chair, hat and water bottle.


Copyright Helen Fitzgerald 2017