with G Caruso

Learn how to paint a realistic portrait using traditional painting techniques.

This online workshop will cover the foundations of portrait painting, including:

  • Basic facial proportions and rendering facial expressions.
  • Management of tonal values and chiaroscuro in order to achieve realistic forms and convey light source.
  • Mixing and choosing colors to render skin tone in a natural way and organizing your color palette to achieve a unified color world.
  • Color blending and brush technique.

The painting techniques learned during this workshop are applicable to any opaque painting medium. You can use gouache, acrylics or oil. Every student will be able to use the medium they prefer and receive individual feedback on the process.

Live-demos throughout the workshop will show how to render details such as eyes, nose, lips, and hair texture. 

Self-Portrait: Paint a self-portrait using the alla prima technique. Alla prima is a wet into wet technique that can be accomplished in one sitting and is used for its direct and expressive quality. 

Portrait of your choice: Learn to plan and execute a layered portrait painting from start to finish; from how to choose a good reference image (can be a photo) to capturing likeness. 

The genre of portraiture is as timeless as painting itself. The portrayal of the human face creates a deep psychological connection between the artist, the painting and the viewer.

Skill Level: this workshop is suitable both for beginners as well as more advanced students.

Our Online Workshop Format:

Classes meet via Zoom, livestreaming, and include live demos and step by step instructions from the instructor. Participants will do exercises along with the instructor and have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during class time. We keep class sizes small and the atmosphere is interactive and intimate. Participants have the option take a little extra time on their own, at home, to complete the exercises or practice at their own pace, although this is not required. Upload finished work to a Dropbox folder where the instructor will give individual feedback and answer questions in the comments section. Participants can also comment on each others work in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Recordings from each week’s livestreaming session will be made available to participants.


November 12 – December 17
6x Thursday from 6-8 pm CET
(6pm in Berlin, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco, 5pm in London)


Cost: 185 Euros
(includes 16% VAT)

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