Dates: 04/08/2017 - 04/09/2017
Meets on: Saturday Sunday
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuition: $250
Level: All Levels Welcome
Instructors: Brandy Agun

This class focuses on traditional portrait painting in oil inspired by the techniques of Velasquez, Hals, and Sargent, and other historical artists. This painting method will emphasize efficiency and accuracy in a deliberate and energetic manner. Students will learn how to work from broad to specific in an approach similar to these historical masters. The student will learn the basic skull shape and the larger planes of the face and how to draw and mass these in directly on the canvas using thinner paint. Following this drawing stage the major facial structures are done with thicker paint. Individual features such as the eyes, nose, mouth and ears are blocked in and carefully painted toward the latter stages of the painting.

Special Notes:
This workshop will be taking place at our GAGE SOUTH LOCATION

Gage South at Equinox Studios in Georgetown
6520 5th Ave S. 98108



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Supply List

Any good artistic wooden pencils. Get both HB and 4B leads.
– Staedtler is a good brand. And a simple pencil sharpener will do.
– My favorite pencils are Staedtler blue mechanical pencils. You can get HB and 4B leads and a special Staedtler sharpener. If you go this route, getting two pencils is nice, one for the HB lead and another for the 4B lead. These travel very well. You can find these at Daniel Smith.

Drawing Paper
Toned drawing paper with a middle value.
– The Strathmore sketch pad Toned Tan, 9” x 12”, 50 sheets is a good choice. You can also go larger if you wish.

Kneaded eraser
Drawing board (18″ x 24″ white Gatorboard at Daniel Smith or something similar.)
Clips (To hold your drawing pad or paper to your drawing board. Optional for the pads.)

Oil Paint (for those who are painting, the following applies)
I use Natural Pigments and Michael Harding brands. They are a little pricey. You can cut costs by getting Gamblin or another brand. (Use what you have if you already have paint! The brand is not that important.)

In Gamblin:
– titanium white
– flake white replacement
– nickel yellow (A light, greenish yellow.)
– hansa yellow light (A bright, chromatic yellow.)
– raw sienna (Yellow ochre will work or any straw color.)
– transparent earth yellow (Optional. A caramel yellow similar to raw sienna that is transparent. Good in the shadows.)
– napthol scarlet (A bright, chromatic red.)
– venetian red (Any brick colored red will work.)
– alizarin crimson permanent
– transparent earth red (Optional. A dark, brick red that is transparent. Good in the shadows.)
– colbalt teal (Optional. An intense, light aqua blue.)
– cobalt blue
– ultramarine blue
– prussian blue (Optional.)
– raw umber
– ivory black

My palette (just so you know):
– lead white #2 (Natural Pigments)
– lemon yellow (Michael Harding)
– cadmium yellow (Michael Harding)
– yellow ochre (Blue Ridge – soon to change)
– Italien Sienna (Natural Pigments)
– transparent oxide yellow (Michael Harding)
– cadmium red (Michael Harding)
– pozzuoli red (Natural Pigments)
– transparent oxide red (Michael Harding)
– alizarin crimson permanent (Gamblin)
– cobalt teal (Williamsburg or Gamblin)
– cobalt blue (Michael Harding)
– ultramarine blue (Michael Harding)
– asphaltum (Gamblin)
– ivory black (Williamsburg)

I recommend getting the following colors at minimum and only getting others later when and if you really need them: titanium white, nickel yellow (or some kind of very light yellow), raw sienna, napthol scarlet (or some kind of bright red – like a cadmium red), venetian red (or some kind of brick red), alizarin crimson permanent, cobalt blue, ivory black. If you wish you can add a raw umber. I tend to mix my browns, but one brown on your palette can be useful.

Oil Brushes
– flat shaped bristle brushes sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.
I love Escoda, which you can get at Dick Blick but they are expensive. Other brands: Dick Blick Master Stroke, Vinci Maestro 2. The Dick Blick Master Stroke series sizes 2, 4, 6, 8 would be a good start. If you already have brushes, bring what you have. The above is just what I tend to use.

Turp Jar or Can
This is to hold your mineral spirits. The jars are inexpensive and have an aluminum coil in the bottom for scrubbing your brushes against. They are a pain to clean however as the coil does not come out easily. The cans are more expensive, but a lot nicer. Both may be purchased at either Daniel Smith or Dick Blick.

Any simple wooden palette like the Richeson palette will do. These can be purchased at either Dick Blick or Daniel Smith. I use glass. You can go to any glass place or to any framing shop that cuts real glass (not plexiglass) and have them cut you a piece. I’d suggest something around 16” x 20” or smaller. I got mine at Ben Franklin’s frameshop. I put the glass palette in a Masterson palette seal that has a lid ( . Under the glass I put a piece of warm gray paper. This provides a neutral base against which to see your colors and also cuts the glare from the glass a bit. The glass palette is easily cleaned with a palette scraper. That is a razor blade held in a plastic frame and can be purchased at Daniel Smith or a hardware store.

Refined lindseed oil
Any brand will do. I happen to use Gamblin’s. Also bring a small jar to your oil in. A baby food jar is perfect. The also sell small jars at Dick Blick’s.

Stand oil
This is heat treated lindseed oil and I use it cut with mineral spirits as my painting medium. I use Gramblin’s. You’ll want another small jar for making your medium mixture in.

Gamsol odorless mineral spirits
This is to clean your brushes and is the only paint thinner allowed.

Canvas or Board
One of the following anywhere from 8″ x 10″ up to 12″ x 16″:
– a prepared, stretched portrait linen canvas
– a prepared board as those made by Ampersand, which you can get at Daniel Smith.
– a good canvas paper (like Canson’s Canvapaper or Arches oil paper)
– a low cost linen (like Centurion deluxe oil primed linen pad. Centurion pads may be purchased from and they are wonderful. I use the 16″ x 20″ pad for quick paint sketches.)

Palette Knife
Artist tape (Not necessary unless you’re using canvas paper to paint on.)
Maulstick (To support your hand so you don’t touch the painting. A 1/2″ or 3/4″ dowel 3 feet long from a hardware store will do.)

Art supplies can be purchased at Daniel Smith or Dick Blick. Both have stores downtown and Daniel Smith has a store in Redmond. I have found though that buying things online is great and the shipping cost competes with the cost of gas. Plus you get what you want. For those shopping online I recommend Dick Blick They have great deals.