Oil Painting Foundation: a Second Look at the Portrait


ZOOM SESSION | Wednesday | Number of Lessons: 6 | 09/21/2022 - 10/26/2022 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST

This oil painting course, the fourth of the oil painting foundation series, is again dedicated to the portrait. It is not necessary having attended the previous oil portrait foundation course to sign up for this one.

The six, three-hour oil painting sessions of this course, are dedicated to painting a few portraits from photographic references and master copies of a works by artists like Velazquez, John Singer Sargent, Goya.

We will paint using mostly the direct painting method, used by the impressionists, and we will also practice mixing color and painting using the strings method, where the paint is mixed in advanced and organized in many small amounts of different color, value and temperature.

The participants of the course, will also be encouraged to work on an independent project: a portrait of a subject of their choice, a good way to start making personal aesthetic and technical choices, and put to work the notions discussed and practiced in class. Composition, color mixing, paint handling, materials, color theory and the techniques employed by a few masters, are some of the topics, among others, that will be discussed and practiced.

(Drawing by Goya)

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.