Portrait Painting Workshop in Boston, MA (Cancelled)
April 5-9, 2021
UPDATE: This workshop has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Join me for five days of traditional portrait painting in oils in Boston, MA – courtesy of the Academy of Realist Art. All levels of experience are welcome!
Dates & Times:
Monday–Friday, August 10–14, 2020
9:30am–4:30pm each day
$750 (model fee included)
Academy of Realist Art, Boston
112 South Street, Floor 2
Boston, MA 02111
Visit the Academy of Realist Art’s website:
Or call the ARA: (617) 426-3006
Learn traditional methods of painting oil portraits on canvas while working from a live model. Each day, Joseph will spend the morning demonstrating and walking students through his painting process – and thought process – as he works. Attendees will paint during the afternoons, while Joseph offers group and individual guidance to keep everyone’s paintings on track.
Day 1: Underpainting in raw umber to establish the overall shapes and patterns of light and dark
Day 2: Color block-in
Day 3, 4, 5: Color rendering, refining, and finishing touches
Over the course of the workshop, Joseph will share: explanations and demonstrations of oil painting materials and techniques, tips for choosing the right painting surface for your needs, strategies for mixing believable skin tones, the differences between painting from life vs. from photographs (with strategies for both), an overview of his portrait commission process, tips for setting up on location and in the studio, techniques for oiling out and varnishing, strategies for fighting dust, and most importantly … in-depth discussions about creating the illusion of three-dimensionality in your paintings, using examples from the masters, to help you learn to paint startlingly lifelike portraits.
Although portraiture will be our focus, the techniques and principles covered can be applied to any type of oil painting (landscape, figure, still-life, etc.).
I hope to see you there!