Focus on Facial Features 4 Fridays
With Ellen Cooper

March 1–22, 2024

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Focus on Facial Features
4 Fridays
w/Ellen Cooper
March 1 – March 22
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Looking for a more in-depth study of painting the facial features? In this workshop we will learn about the muscles and bony structures, how to create a “likeness”, and how to build the form of the facial features as defined by planes of light and shadow, color shifts, proportions, and detail.
Students will do some profile and front view sketching of the model’s facial features as a quick study, and then work in paint from the live model. Drawing experience highly recommended. Some experience with oils is useful. Mediums other than oil are welcome, but please contact instructor about materials.
Demos, handouts, discussions, and one-on-one feedback at your easel.

Brief bio: Ellen Cooper is a professional artist and paints portraits for the public and private sectors. Now a Signature Status member of the Portrait Society of America, Ellen earned an MFA from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and has continued study in formal painting techniques with renowned contemporary portrait artists. www.ellencooper.net.
Materials List:
Please email me with any questions at ellencooper@ellencooper.net
Sketchbook or sheets of drawing paper approximately 9×12” or 11 x 14”. We will be doing some sketching of the model’s facial features.
HB pencil and eraser. Bring assorted pencils if you like.
good-quality bristle or synthetic bristle filberts: #2, 4, 6, 8, 10. Dick Blick brand works fine. Silver Brush Grand Prix filberts are very nice.
1 soft mop-like brush to “knock down” edges (ex. Silver Mop #20)
Bring any other types and sizes you like including sables, flats, rounds, synthetics. It’s nice to work with some soft or sable brushes in addition to bristle.
Oil Paints (37 ml tubes except for white): It’s not necessary to purchase new colors if you prefer not to. As a guide, I recommend the following:
Titanium white (125 ml large tube)
An Earth Yellow (called different names according to each manufacturer) such as Yellow Ochre or Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (made by Graham)
Cadmium yellow medium. Make sure it’s “medium”, not “light” or “deep”. Medium should be a very warm, rich yellow, not “lemony”.
Cadmium red light. Make sure it’s “light”.
Alizarin Crimson.
An Earth Red like Transparent Red Iron Oxide (made by Graham) or a Burnt Sienna.
Sap Green.
A Cool Green like Phthalocyanine Green or Viridian.
A Warm Blue like Sevres Blue (made by Williamsburg) or Phthalocyanine Blue .
French Ultramarine Blue Deep.
Additional OPTIONAL colors which are useful to have:
Violet like Egyptian Violet (Williamsburg).
Cadmium Orange.