Adult Learning | Portrait Painting (Weekend Workshop)


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Wellesley Street East, Auckland City Centre

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Saturday 22 June 2024
Sunday 23 June 2024



  • General $300,
  • Members $270
    (+ booking fee)
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Image credit: Zarahn Tūwharetoa Southon Enuake, oil on linen, 2017.

In this all-intensive weekend workshop, you will encounter techniques, insights, and learn life-long painting skills! Each day includes a 45-minute break for lunch and runs from 10:30am–4pm Saturday and Sunday.

About the course
Discover and develop your portrait-painting skills in this weekend workshop at Auckland Art Gallery. Join us on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June to immerse yourself in art, meet new people and uncover the extraordinary possibilities of oil paint in depicting the human form.

What you will learn
Students will be introduced to oil painting techniques to enhance their understanding of contemporary and traditional approaches to portrait painting and drawing. Students will focus on producing one long-pose portrait painting, beginning with contour drawing an developing skills in creating volume and chiaroscuro (depth of light and shade) before progressing to alla prima (wet-on-wet) painting.

Students will get an exclusive, guided tour of the Mackelvie Gallery with a curator, looking at Henry Raeburn’s portrait Master James Hay, 1790–96 and Willian Beechey’s Miss Windham, 1828 to gain a greater understanding of the techniques used by traditional portrait artists.

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