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Summer Class

Intro to Painting a Portrait in Oils

  • Instructor: Letizia Gentile
  • Ages: Adult and Teen 14+
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Dates: 07/08/2020 - 07/29/2020
  • Sessions: 4
  • Fee: $162 / $149 Members (Includes $30 model fee)
  • Print Materials List

    Supply List


    Palette Knife


    Refined Linseed Oil

    Oil and Thinner Cup  (small container)

    Blue Paper Towels (Home Depot)


    8” x 10” canvas or canvas board ( before coming to class, tone the canvas with a light wash – pale in color – using raw umber mixed with a very small amount of Gamasol. Please do this a few days in advance so that the paint is dry) Any questions, contact me –


    Wood Palette or Grey Matters Paper Palette

    Masterson stay-wet palette seal box or any airtight container to seal your mixed paint for the following session.



    Bristle brushes , filbert shape in a variety of sizes.


    Oil Paints

    Full Palette                                                     Earth Palette

    Titanium White                                             Titanium White

    Ivory Black                                                     Ivory Black

    Raw Umber                                                    Raw Umber

    Burnt Umber                                                 Burnt Umber

    Burnt Sienna                                                  Red Ochre

    Alizarin Crimson                                           Yellow Ochre

    Cadmium Red Light

    Yellow Ochre

    Raw Sienna

    Cadmium Yellow

    Viridian Green

    Cerulean Blue


    Student can either choose a full palette or an earth palette

  • Register for this Class

This class is an introduction to a classical method of painting a portrait of a live model in a sustained pose. Foundational techniques will inspire and help students explore what makes a painting successful. Through a step-by-step process starting with the Underpainting to Color Underpainting to Final Layer, students will learn about composition, light and shadow, proportion, anatomy and color mixing. This class is open to beginner, intermediate and advanced students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor at

Underpainting Layer – Composition and the separation of light and dark

Color Underpainting – Gradation of value to create a three dimensional form

Final Layer – Application of paint through techniques such as glaze and scumble