Please Note: This workshop is now Fully Booked

Portrait Workshop

July 3 – 5, 2020



10am – 4pm daily


Hamley Studio

Unit 18/4 Hamley Road,
Mt Kuring-gai


Limited to 6 students.

Due to COVID-19 this workshop is limited to 6 students so as to maintain social distancing. Sanitiser will be available and the studio will be cleaned each day. There is a café available close by on Friday to purchase food but you will need to bring lunch on Saturday and Sunday. I have a fridge and microwave. Tea, coffee and morning tea will be provided.

In this workshop participants will develop a single painting of the portrait from life over 3 days.

Either drawing first or working directly onto the canvas/board with paint, the portrait will initially be ‘blocked in’ and then carefully modelled over an extended period of time. All aspects of this process will be discussed and demonstrated along with individual instruction given so it is suitable for beginner to experienced painters. This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of painting- drawing, modelling form, colour, edges and brushstrokes.

*It is recommended that beginners to portraiture draw only as this is an essential prerequisite to painting.




(reduced as COVID-19 special)

This includes

  • 3 days of tutoring and the cost of the model.
  • Morning tea, tea, coffee and milk is also provided each day.
  • Linseed oil and solvent for use during painting and clean up
  • Limited class size and two tutors

Lunch can be ordered (Friday only) from the local café or you can bring your own. There is a fridge and microwave available for use in the studio.

Extras that can be provided:

  • Painting board $20
  • Studio paint $15 or @$5/day


If drawing

  • A2 size cartridge paper
  • HB+2B pencil
  • Kneadable eraser

If painting

  1. Brushes – an assortment of brushes in shape, texture and size. Suggested:
  • Round brushes eg size 0-6
  • Filbert (soft and bristle) eg size 2-6
  • Flat brushes eg size 0-6
  • Small round brush for detail eg size 0-2
  • Hog hair brushes eg size 4-8
  • Fan brush (for blending)

*Brushes must be in good condition

  1. Board/canvas approx 12×16 inches

Eg: gesso board, fine weave linen (Artfix, Claessens are good) – oil or acrylic primed.

Toned with an imprimatura of a mid-neutral colour eg grey, raw umber – must be dry.


The following oil colours are essential

  • White (Titanium)
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Vermillion (or Cad Red)
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Transparent Red Oxide (or Burnt Sienna, Venetian Red)
  • Raw Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue (or Cobalt Blue)
  • Ivory Black

Optional –

  • Cad Yellow

We mostly use Michael Harding and Old Holland paints but they are expensive because they have higher levels of pigment than student quality paints. Any artist quality paints are acceptable -Windsor & Newton, Gamblin, Rembrandt etc – do not buy oil paint sets.

*For an extra $15 studio paint can be used if you cannot purchase paint specifically for the workshop.

Other materials

Wooden palette – palettes can be supplied for use during this workshop

Palette knife (metal, not plastic)

Small mirror

Paper towel

Rags (old T-shirts are good)

Easel (can also be provided)


Hamley Studio is located in an industrial complex and parking is not possible directly outside the studio. However, street parking close by is available. Mt Kuring-gai is the closest railway station and pick up from there can be arranged.


This workshop is now fully booked.


In the event that the workshop has to be cancelled due to COVID-19 or due to illness, a full refund will be given to participants.