Classical Oil Portraiture

Classical Oil Portraiture

Tue, Jul 7 | 6:00 PM Tue, Aug 25 | 9:00 PM
Art Students League of Denver, Denver, USA

Program Description

Classical Oil Portraiture emphasizes the structural characteristics of the face that are most responsible for likeness, but goes on to explore the chromatic characteristics of facial complexion. In addition, students will learn how capturing the “personality” of the sitter, not merely a likeness, results in more engaging paintings. This is achieved through class lectures on facial structures and features as well as facial anatomy.
Students will begin with an initial drawing, mapping out the important proportions of the head and features, and will transfer the drawing to their painting, eliminating any need for adjustments in measuring to take place in the painting process. Students will then do a small color poster study of their model to determine broad color mixtures and variations in values and color chroma. We can now begin to paint with greater awareness and confidence in portraiture. More time will then be given to achieving personality and expression of the sitter as color relationships and proportions are now an established foundation of a successful portrait painting.

Required Supplies

  • Drawing Board approx. 16×20
  • Sketch Book and newsprint paper
  • 2B graphite pencil
  • Masking Tape
  • Cutter knife for sharping the pencil
  • Sand paper
  • Knitting needle
  • Canvas size 11×14” OR ANY SIZE
  • 100% Odorless Mineral Spirits
  • Jars with lids (for cleaning brushes)
  • Palette Knife
  • Medium Cups at least 2” wide and 1” deep, metal with large opening
  • Paper Towels
  • -Bright/Flat (synthetic hog hair, size:1-2-4-6-8-10-12 or 20). I recommend Dakota from Meininger or Master Touch from Hobby Lobby)
  • -Rounds sized 2″ and 4”
  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Viridian green
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Mars Black Recommended (but not necessary)
  • Ivory black
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt Umber


Ali Alzobaede

Born in Iraq, Ali Ghassan Al-Zobaede is a classically trained painter. He was an instructor at Babel University and Al-Koufa University in Iraq. He is the co-founder of the ‘Free Atelier Group.’ Ali has worked with theatre companies in Iraq to design and build set designs. Ali teaches private lessons in painting and drawing. At ASLD, he teaches workshops in sculpture, painting and drawing.



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