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Portraiture Workshop with Caitlyn Rooke

Learn the basics of painting portraiture in oils in this one day workshop. This is an opportunity for beginners or artists who want to freshen up their foundations to work from life with a model. This workshop includes demonstrations at each stage of the portrait and with only eight places available, expect individualized thorough feedback throughout the day.

Schedule: Workshop runs fron 12 noon to 5pm 

Coffee/Tea time from 2:30-3pm.

After the workshop, we’ll head out for a pint or more tea at one of the many nearby pubs for more art chats.

Detailed Outline:
Palette Mixing
Color mixing on the palette and discussion of shifting temperature across form. Demo of adjusting color: saturation, value, and hue.

Utilize abstract thinking to achieve realism and sketch out a few thumbnails.
Option 1: Start with color. (more advanced) Find the most conspicuous abstract shape on the face, and begin there. When placing this shape on your surface, consider the overall composition. You may have to wipe it off and start over a couple of times. Once this first shape is accurate, continue to block in the masses of the bone structure and shape of the head, avoiding painting the features themselves (these will emerge later).
Option 2: Begin with an underpainting (better for oil painting beginners). Draw in shapes with your brush, once drawing is established, then move to color.

Establish dark and light values
Find the the shadows first, and once those are established, the light values. Just because an area of stark contrast may exist in real life doesn’t mean it must be painted that way...Realism is not a god, it’s a tool.

Consider the features and expression in the same abstract mindset as the larger masses. As long as the bone structure and large plains are considered, the smaller features will come easier.  

Review and Finish up
Final adjustments, a quick review, and a quick rundown on how to properly clean and care for brushes, palette knives, and palettes.


To minimise fumes in the room, I will provide Gamsol and Gamblin Solvent-Free Alkyd Fluid painting medium. Please no liquin or turpentine.

  •     Primed painting surface: about 12in by 16in (30cm x 40cm)
  •     Palette (the bigger the better)
  •     Palette knife
  •     Paper towels
  •     Gloves (latex or nitrile)
  •     Brushes - Variety of shapes, sizes, and softnesses
  •     Sketchbook and preferred drawing material (for taking notes and sketching out composition thumbnails)

Suggested oil colours (don’t worry, feel free to bring what you’ve got):

  •     titanium white
  •     cadmium yellow pale (Winsor Newton)
  •     Transparent Earth Orange (Gamblin)
  •     Permanent madder brown (Rembrandt)
  •     Alizarin Crimson
  •     Cobalt Blue
  •     Pthalo Blue
  •     Prussian green (Winsor Newton)
  •     Mars Yellow
  •     Caput Mortuum Violet (Old Holland)

Easels are provided by the Arts Centre and myself.


Caitlyn has exhibited her portraits in the 2018 and 2019 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annuals in London, as well as in recent RHA annuals in Dublin. Check out Caitlyn’s work on her website, www.caitlynrooke.com and on Instagram: @caitlynrookepainter.


Course Times & Information

Start Date Sun 03rd Nov 2019 - 12:00 pm
End Date Sun 03rd Nov 2019 - 5:00 pm
Capacity 8
Cut off date 02-11-2019
Price per person €55.00
Location Galway Arts Centre
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