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Introduction to Portraiture - Online

Tutor: Juliet Kac
Location: Online via Zoom
Next start date:  Wednesday 20 January, 10.30am - 12.30pm, 8 weeks, with a break for half term on 17 February

This is an online Zoom course with plenty of input from the tutor. 
You will work as individuals and as a group providing incentive and the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other. 

The course will cover in depth the structure of the head and facial features. You will be introduced to a classical approach to painting a portrait using a limited palette.  The course is suitable for complete beginners or can be a refresher course for those with some experience. 

About the tutor

Juliet has an M.F.A in Fine Arts (Auckland University) and a PhD on the relationship between music and painting (University of Brighton). She works as a professional portrait painter and continues to develop her abstract painting. She has many years’ experience in teaching oil painting, printmaking, life drawing and portraiture.



I have loved painting in oils for many years. Joining a class with a professional and encouraging tutor has been a privilege and pleasure. Barbara

I love oil painting and feel happy that I'm improving my skill. I am getting closer to freeing myself up from the technical skills so I can express myself better. Anne


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You will need the following tubes of painting colours. 
These can be either 
- traditional oil based paints or water soluble oils or alkyds.
- or acrylic paint. 
- If you wish to use acrylics I strongly recommend you buy a bottle of acrylic drying retarder to enable you to manipulate the paint longer.
 - if you opt for oils, then a bottle of Liquin which will increase the drying time. 
-  An easel (table or upright) is optional or you can work flat on a table. 


Raw Umber 

Burnt sienna

Yellow ochre

Blue black or Paynes gray

White  (titanium or zinc) (medium to large tube)

Two A3 (NO BIGGER) sized canvas boards or stretched canvas. 
(CHECK you have the right boards for oil or acrylic).  
A disposable palette or a FLAT palette made from wood, plastic or sheet of glass. 

Palette knife

Brushes - –hog or synthetic for oils, (synthetic for acrylics). 

        2 small round brush for detailed work size 0

        2 medium sized flat style brushes size 6

        2 medium sized filbert style brushes size 6

Two jars with lids. One small (pesto size), One larger jam size jar.

Low odour oil painting thinner and brush cleaner for oils (e.g. zest it) or water for acrylic.

Cotton rags

Old clothes e.g. apron or old shirt

Masking tape

Pencil, Biro (preferably red) Ruler