2 Day Workshop
Dates to be Announced
Saturday and Sunday
9.30am – 5.00pm

Aim of the Workshop

This portrait painting course is the first of two courses. The first course will be dealing with Underpainting and the second Glazing Techniques. The underpainting is produced to work out the composition and tonal range. Then coloured glazes are added to finish the portrait. There are a number of ways of creating an underpainting and the three most popular are known as Verdaccio, Grisaille, and Bistre. For this workshop we will be studying the Grisialle method which is the most systematic approach to painting whether it be a still life, portrait or landscape. The course is highly recommended for any artist wanting to achieve a high quality finish. Colour is a stretch for any painter so it’s better to concentrate on one thing at a time rather than everything at once. This technique is  a step by step process designed to help the artist move forward in a sure footed way. Teaching Style Beginners and experienced people are welcome. Understanding is key and nobody gets left behind. Each student will be helped until they grasp the principles of the lesson. Louis believes in leading from the front, demonstrating each step in front of the group and on students’ work if needed. Louis Smith studied Classical Art in Florence and has exhibited his work in the BP Portrait Award and Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use of dry brush as a sketching implement
  • Proportions of the face
  • How to prime a canvas
  • Wash brushes and maintenance
  • Using the brush as a measuring device
  • Comparative measurements, transferring the measurements of the face to canvas
  • How to analyze shapes, negative and positive, use of tools to help the eye see more objectively
  • Use a value strip
  • Comparing tonal value
  • Mixing paints and use of mediums
  • Appropriate use of glaze and impasto to describe the light and shadow of the face
  • Brush sizes and different types to be used at the various stages of the painting


The studio is equipped with easels and work stations to make it more convenient for the students to organise their materials and focus on their work.  The studio is also lit with balanced lighting which can save a lot of problems when dealing with a colour palette. Image shows the workstation, the Alla Prima painting it is for display purpose only.

Registration Deposit = £40

2 day Grisaille Portrait Workshop = £160. To register for the workshop, pay the £40 deposit below. Then pay the balance on the day.

Materials deal = £20

Offer includes the use of:

Palette knife
Medium holder
Prepared Canvas
Kitchen roll
Paints (Burnt Umber, Black and White)

OFFER DOES NOT INCLUDE BRUSHES. If you need affordable quality brushes then click the link below.

or better quality

NOTE choose the LONG HANDLED BRUSHES on the website

Sizes 0,1,2,4,6,8,10,12 are a good starting range.