Figure and Portrait Painting in Acrylic

Nicholas Enevoldsen is an emerging artist living and working in the Seattle metropolitan area. At the Laguna College of Art & Design, in Laguna Beach, California, he received a BFA in Studio Art along with various awards and scholarships, including the coveted “Passport to China” scholarship in 2006. After graduating, he devoted four years of intensive study at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. As a student, he was appointed ‘Principal Instructor’ for the Intensive Drawing Program and awarded the “Fourth Year Prize” providing an additional year of specialization.

Nicholas has since completed his MFA at the Lesley University College of Art & Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and relocated to Seattle where he actively draws and paints and serves as ‘Adjunct Professor’ at Shoreline Community College and ‘Instructor’ at the Kirkland Arts Center.

1:30-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Stretched canvas, linen, or gessoed wood panel (2) between the following sizes:
    • Portrait Painting: 11 x 14 – 16 x 20 inches
    • Figure Painting: 18 x 24 – 24 x 36 inches
  • Heavy Body – Golden or Liquitex paint recommended, *optional colors
    • Ivory Black
    • Raw Umber
    • Dioxazine Purple*
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Viridian Green*
    • Quinacridone Magenta*
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Burnt Sienna*
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Orange / Vat Orange*
    • Cadmium Red Light / Pyrrole Red Light
    • Cadmium Yellow Medium / Hansa Yellow Medium
    • Titanium White
  • Recommended Brushes:
    • synthetic bristles:Princeton / Winsor & Newton Galleria, sizes: 0, 2, 4, 6, 10 (flat or round)
    • natural hair sable: Raphael Kolinsky Sable, sizes: 0, 2 (round)
  • Palette: Wood, glass, or paper
  • Medium: Golden Satin Glazing Liquid – (slow-drying extender for acrylic colors)
  • Vine / Willow Charcoal – preparatory sketching tool for painting
  • Plastic Cup – for containing water
  • Paper towels

Acrylic colors: These listed as ‘optional’ are secondary colors (from the color wheel) which can be mixed with other colors on the list. However, having these colors on hand in tube form is highly convenient and offers greater color vibrancy for paintings. For students concerned with toxicity in paints, I have also included alternate non-toxic options available from Gamblin brand for cadmium colors.

Brushes: I use different types of brushes for various tasks applying ‘the right tool for the right job’. I will present and discuss various types of brushes and my experiences with each of them in class. However, please bring any previously owned brushes and paint to class.

For any questions regarding materials please contact me via email:

Learn to paint the figure and portrait using the versatile medium of acrylic paint. Learn paint handling and color mixing while working from a live model to create lifelike portraits and figures from direct observation. Nicholas will present live demonstrations, individual critiques, and a series of lectures designed to equip students with techniques for mixing flesh tones, paint application, and how to imbue their work with a compelling sense of light, atmosphere, and form.