Portrait Painting, with Anastasia Pollard

  • tutor, Anastasia Pollard
  • February 22nd, March 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
  • 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • £225/ course, includes model fees
  • The course is taught using oil paints

Suitable for intermediate students. Some experience of oil painting, and drawing essential

What to expect on this course

This course will follow traditional portrait practise. This places great importance on drawing, tonal work, colour mixing and an emphasis on form.

You will start with sketches in charcoal and then drawing using paint. Under Anastasia’s guidance students will concentrate on tonal painting allowing the emphasis to be on the form. You will aim to get a likeness. Next, you move on to blocking in a painting, and developing a “first pass” tonally.

During the course there will be an in-depth look at colour mixing. You will build up the colour layer, working on your colour mixing, and moving towards finishing a painting.


  • Titanium white
  • Cadmium lemon
  • Yellow ochre or Raw sienna
  • Cadmium red
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Olive Green
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt umber
  • Ivory black
  • Brushes: assorted sizes of filberts and flats. AP particularly likes the Pro-arte Sterling white synthetic brushes and the Monarch brushes.
  • An off-set palette knife.
  • Any canvas size as long as it does not exceed 24″ x20″ due to space constraints.
  • Only odorless spirits, Sansodor or Zest it.
  • Winsor & Newton painting medium.

Bring drawing materials including charcoal and large cartridge paper.

Please bring a sketchbook for note taking and optional homework suggestions

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