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Portraits in Oils


Mike Skidmore


Fri 9th September


Mon 12th September


Wye Valley


Bells Hotel







  Single Room


  Single Occ


  Double Occ






Learn to Paint Portraits in Oils with Mike Skidmore.


We will produce two paintings over three days.

The first one will be an impasto portrait painted Alla Prima (in one

sitting), building the paint from dark to light with bold brushstrokes. We

will mix colours on the canvas using thinner paint for the darkest

shadows and impasto for the highlights. This approach is perfect for

creating dramatic depth and character.

The second one will be a layered picture using the Grisaille (grey tone)

underpainting technique painted over two days. This approach helps to

understand tonal values and facial structure before adding a last layer of

soft colours blended for a subtle skin texture.

All reference material will be supplied along with specific mediums for

classical painting. Mike always works with a limited palette so there is no

need to buy a large range of paints.

You will learn about good compositions, how to draw freehand or using a

unique grid system, glazing techniques, painting in layers, creating facial

structure and three dimensional portraits. You will also learn how to mix

flesh tones, paint eyes, reflections, hair and clothing.

Mike is a very encouraging teacher and will help you build on your

achievements. He will help with demonstrations, advice and

encouragement to build your confidence and equip you with all the

knowledge you need to take what you learn forward.