Art of The Portrait with Ernie Norcia
With Ernie Norcia

January 22 – April 8, 2024

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Art of The Portrait (Painting in Oils)
w/Ernie Norcia
A ten (10) session course
No class on 2/19 and 3/25
Includes Model Fee

This course will focus on issues of, composition, color, texture, measure, likeness, proportion, with special attention given to technical painting issues, like, how to translate skin’s complex surface characteristics in paint. Demonstrations of a layered painting technique to bring out the full depth and richness of color in the subjects we paint will be presented and discussed. Portraits often reveal a variety of qualities of the sitter, like social class, age, beauty, occupation, etc. This course is open to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, encouraging all participants to deepen their knowledge of portraiture through the process of painting.

Soft vine charcoal sticks, Kneaded eraser, Cotton rags or bounty paper towels
Commercially primed and stretched, or mounted canvas (linen or cotton) no larger than 16” X 20” to start. Size 12” X 16” very useful size. Primed illustration board (primed with white acrylic primer or gesso and cut to same size as mentioned above
Silver brush brand, Princeton brand, or Blick brand. items are available at Blick Art Supplies, or Jerry’s Artarama.
White hog bristle (filberts, flats, & rounds) is most versatile. I recommend, sizes #2, #4, and #8.
Red sable brushes (rounds & flats) for soft and precise brushwork. I recommend #2, #4, and #8 rounds, flats 1/2” to 1” (synthetic bristles are fine for the flats).
Oil Paints:
Student quality Winton, or improved quality Windsor & Newton: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium yellow medium, Cadmium red (light or medium), Alizarine Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Viridian green, Titanium white.
Palette Knives:
One or two medium sized knives; these knives have raised handles & flexible blades and are used to apply and remove oil paint from painting surface.
Best is a sealed wooden palette, about 12 X 16” in size or larger. A disposable paper palette or plastic palette can also be used.
Palette Cup(s):
A handy two cup item clips onto a palette and holds a small amount of medium and solvent.
To make application and manipulation of paint easier, a medium is added to artist’s tube colors. To make your own: mix equal amounts of linseed stand oil, and solvent. You may instead choose to purchase a good linseed oil-based medium. To speed drying time, you may want to buy Winsor/Newton’s Liquin, or another alkyd based medium.
Solvents: Turpenoid, Sansodor, or Gamsol are used for thinning paint & cleanup. Glass jar with lid, or Silicoil tank jar
Clips: to secure non-stretched canvas or board to easel
Tuition includes Model Fee