Donna Downey • January 29-31, 2021

LIVE ONLINE - Expressive Figurative and Portrait

$ 400
This is a LIVE Virtual 3-DAY Retreat via Zoom
January 29-31, 2021

(Schedule / Eastern Time)
Friday 10-5  
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-4
(lunch break each day from 12-1)

Students should expect to complete 2-4 pieces of art.

Students may work in acrylic or oil

 In this retreat, students will: 

  • use photo references (students encourages to bring personal references to work from)
  • develop the figure using value and tone
  • break the cycle of painting too tight
  • broad your brushwork
  • work with brushwork as well as palette knife and rubber scraper
  • explore color mixing for skin tones
  • abstract the figure for more expressive energy
  • use shadow and light to shape the figure/portrait

All skill levels encourage to participate in this 3-day ONLINE LIVE Retraet via Zoom. As a teacher I meet you where you are and push you beyond what you think you can achieve. Figures and portraits are full of life and energy and it is the goal of the workshop the help you paint more expressively and with out fear.

In this online virtual setting you will be given one on one attention, with the comfort of asking questions and being guided when you need that extra artistic push. Donna will create along side you throughout the weekend and share her first hand working knowledge of techniques and tips as well as demonstrating them in application. No drawing or painting skills required. 

* Zoom link will be sent the day before class begins

Students will need:

Surfaces can be paper or canvas
Two 8x10
Two 16x20 or larger
A variety of their favorite heavy body acrylic paints or Oil Paints 
here some flesh tone color suggestions: any combo is good!
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber
Raw Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Titanium white
Cadmium Red
Titan Buff or Warm White
Cadmium Orange
white gesso
a mix of small and large round, flat or filbert brushes
neutral colored Neocolor II (i use this to sketch so any thing you have works)
catalyst wedge and/or tools
baby wipes
paper towels
palette paper and/or sta-wet palette (i like to use a glass palette)

optional : projector if you would like specific images to be transferred to large canvas from your iphone. This is a super easy way  if you do not like to draw but want a desired look.


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