Portrait Essentials with Susan Ploughe


Jun 23 - 25 2023

Learn how to paint portraits that look fresh and lifelike. Topics will include:

• Beginning your painting in the right way

• Flesh tones: seeing them, mixing them, “sculpting” the face with paint

• Eyes that look alive

• Eyebrows: capturing their unique character

• Mouths that are soft and expressive

• Noses: emphasizing their shape, not nostrils!

• Ears: what to show, what to leave out

• Hair: focus on shape, direction, and highlights–no tiny brushes are needed

• Using photo references effectively

• The importance of edges

Susan will demonstrate every feature so that you know exactly how to approach each one. You will be doing lots of studies, rather than finished portraits, to build the skills you need. A supply list will be sent by email prior to class.

$200 Commuter (includes lunch) $465 Overnight (includes  2 nights lodging and all meals)

Workshop hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Cedar Valley
Cedar Valley
5349 County Road D, West Bend, WI 53090


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