Portraits in oils
Time & Location
About the Event
I am delighted that artist Mike Skidmore Has agreed to come and teach a two day masterclass at the studio in April. This workshop is suitable for those with some experience with oil paint.
Tickets are £200 including a £50 deposit
Heres what he has to say about himself and his workshop.
A little bit about me!
I’m an old Yorkshireman with a terrible sense of humour, and heaps of
enthusiasm. I paint portraits and still life and have been lucky enough to have exhibited at a number of posh galleries.
I’ve lead a pretty eclectic life from musician to designer, uni lecturer (nothing to do with art),
counsellor, and even had a spell on local BBC radio.
My way of looking at teaching is very simple - give positive encouragement, build confidence, and of course, give lots of
information and instruction. After all, knowledge would be pretty pointless unless shared.
So come along and I promise you will enjoy every minute and learn lots - it’s my job to make sure
What we will do in our time together
We’ll be doing a pencil drawing directly onto the canvas, which we’ll ‘fix’ with a transparent coat of
acrylic. Then we’ll paint a tonal picture, as this ensures the underpainting
dries quickly. Finally we’ll paint in oils, covering every aspect of the painting process.
What you will learn (portraits)
- A new way to use a grid system for the drawing (students can draw freehand if preferred)
- How to address the tonal values of a picture in order to create a sense of three dimensions
- How to paint skin, the mouth, hair and eyes - not forgetting ears (everyone hates painting them)!!
- How to build a painting in layers
- Glazing and mediums - how to use them, when to use them and their advantages
- Lots of other stuff too numerous to mention
2b pencils and sharpener
3 x jam jars
A cotton rag
'T' square - a cheap plastic one will do
Palettes - the silver foil platters that supermarkets sell are ideal. Students can
then take them home and use the paint on them.
I will also have a selection of the paints you will need.
Brushes I will bring a selection in case someone hasn't got a particular brush
Oil or acrylic brushes are fine
A sable or rigger brush in either size 3, 4, 5
Square end or filbert brushes in size 2, 4, 6
Blending brush (sometimes called a fan brush)
I prefer students to work on the same canvas boards that I use, as I know
exactly how the paint will behave: Belle Arte canvas boards 24 x 30 cm which can be bought online from Jackson's Art.
They are about £5.00 each. I will also bring some in case anyone can't get hold of them. for a cost of £5.00 each
Medium: I make my own and will provide enough for each student