How to paint a self portrait from a photo reference 3-day workshop

In this exciting workshop, you’ll learn how to paint a self portrait in oil using age-old and modern techniques from a reference photo of yourself. You can expect hands-on instruction and lots of tips and tricks along the way. We’ll jump right in on the first day with a photo shoot of each of you and briefly discuss Adobe Photoshop and printing out a color reference. We’ll then apply the drawing onto the toned canvas by either tracing or projection and ink-in the lines. After a review of color and mixing skin tones we’ll block-in the first thin layer of color then paint the portrait with subsequent thicker layers and finalize the subtle details. Students can expect to walk away from this class with a basic knowledge needed to paint a portrait from a photo to achieve likeness, skin-tones, and detail.

There are 4 workshops scheduled this year and will be located in either my studio in Milan, NY or in a future location to be determined in Rhinebeck, NY. Each class is limited to 5 students and the tuition is non-refundable 7 days prior to the class. Basic knowledge of oil painting is required. Supply list is on the bottom of this page.

Times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 1 hour lunch

Workshop#1: Friday 6/29, Saturday 6/30, and Sunday 7/1 - $350
Workshop #2: Friday 7/20, Saturday 7/21, and Sunday 7/22 - $350
Workshop #3: Friday 9/21, Saturday 9/22, and Sunday 9/23 - $350
Workshop #4: Friday 11/2, Saturday 11/3, and Sunday 11/4 - $350

If you have any questions about the workshop or are interested in private lessons please email me. Below are some of my portraits.


Windsor & Newton Artists Oil Colors: 
Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw umber, Titanium white, and Ivory Black.

4 filberts sizes 1-2-3-4 Windsor & Newton Monarch filbert
1 Small round sable or number 2, Windsor & Newton series 7

Palette knife
Glass or wood palette (no palette paper please)
One canvas, 16” x 20” fine portrait textured linen (Raphael is my personal brand of choice)