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Portrait Studies in Oil Paint

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Portrait Studies in Oil Paint
Aimee Erickson
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$310 plus $35 Model Fee
Total Cost:
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February 27, 2018
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March 13, 2018

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Workshop Overview

A painting of the human face is at once an emotionally evocative image and simply a series of light and dark marks on canvas. I am human; I make marks on the page; I glimpse humanity. Finding the essence of the face and translating it into two dimensions using the medium of oil paint is our aim. “General to specific” is the primary instruction. Each day we will address a relevant topic in the morning exercises, and paint from the model in the afternoon. Students can expect to become more familiar with oil paint and the human head.

About the Instructor(s)

Aimee Erickson is a freelance oil painter living in Portland. In 2014, she won the Award of Excellence for Portraiture from Oil Painters of America, an Award of Exceptional Merit from the Portrait Society of America, and Best of Show from American Women Artists. She painted the official state portrait of Governor Barbara Roberts, making her the first (and only) woman to paint an Oregon gubernatorial portrait. She teaches drawing and painting with a particular interest in what enables or inhibits our vision and progress as artists. She has a BFA degree in Illustration and carries a sketchbook.

Materials List: Students Bring


• (Canvas or other) At a minimum you'll need three 11x14 for exercises and another three for painting from the model, any size from 11x14 to 16x20


• White

• Yellow Ochre or Gold Ochre 

• Indian Yellow

• Napthol Red or Cad Red Light 

• Transparent Earth Red

• Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine Blue 

• Additional optional colors: Asphaltum, Terra Rosa, Flake White, Genuine Naples Yellow Light (Vasari), Raw Umber (Old Holland). You're also welcome to bring and use other colors if you want.


• A wooden palette is preferable to a white palette because its natural color makes it easier to judge paint color and value. Your wooden palette should be oiled repeatedly with linseed oil until it is smooth and shiny. A disposable palette is fine if you get the gray one from Richeson. No white palettes.


• Rosemary Brushes \"David Boyd Jr. Starter/Workshop Set\" or equivalent; or Winsor & Newton Winton flat hog

• hair sizes 6, 8, and 10, or equivalent


• Odorless solvent (Gamsol)

• Painting medium (odorless)

• Paper towels or cotton rags

• Sketchbook

• Binoculars so you can see the model better

• Easel (Sitka does have some, but please plan to bring one if you have one available)

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

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