Portrait Painting in Oil

Take your painting skills to the next level by learning to paint portraits in oil. Working from photographs and live models, you’ll create quick portraits and more fully developed paintings. We’ll study basic anatomy and learn to develop images by creating backgrounds and other environmental elements that will enhance your work. If you’ve taken figure drawing, painting fundamentals in oil, or figure painting, this class is an ideal next step for you.


Materials List:

  • Rive Gauche Oil color, 2 oz/38ml tubes
    • Cadmium Red Light Hue
    • Coeruleum Blue Hue
    • Crimson Alizarin
    • French Ultramarine
    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Lemon Yellow
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Acrylics – Transparent Raw Sienna, 2 oz Tube
  • Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil – 4 oz bottle
  • Eco-House Neutral Thin – 4 oz bottle
  • Princeton Natural Bristle Brush – Filbert Size 2&12, Bright Size 8, and Flat Size 10
  • Richeson Palette – 9” x 12”, Wooden, Oval
  • Silicoil Brush Cleaning Tank
  • Alvin Heritage Deluxe Easel (Recommended but optional)
  • Canvas Panel – 12” x 16”, Pkg of 5
  • Rags
  • Apron or clothes you can get dirty
  • Jar for water

Supplies will be available at Artist & Craftsman, 2573 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley at Blake Street. 



Community: $350
Faculty, staff & alumni: $320
Current Students: $225


NEW Winter Session Dates

Day Dates Times Instructor Location
Tuesday  2/1–3/15* 6pm–9pm  Alan Tarbell 385 Anthropology & Art Practice Building

*No class 3/1

Portrait Painting in Oil
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Alan Tarbell

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