Grand Central Atelier, New York
October 11-15, 2019 (5 days)
10am – 5pm • Friday – Tuesday
In this five-day workshop, artists will create a self-portrait painting from life using a mirror. Following a lucid step-by-step approach, participants will first create an accurate drawing in graphite on paper, and then paint in oils on linen canvas or panel.
Gregory will guide artists with daily demonstrations and in-depth personal critiques through each stage of the process – from creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, to color mixing, modeling form and finishing details. Cranial anatomy, materials, paint handling, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout each session.
While this workshop is mainly geared towards painters with some previous experience in oils, artists who prefer to create finished portrait drawings in graphite or charcoal are also encouraged to participate.
February: Flesh Palette
Grand Central Atelier, New York
February 3-7, 2020 (5 days)
9am – 4pm • Monday – Friday
The diversity of human fleshtone can be fully expressed within a very narrow range on the color wheel. In this intensive workshop, we will explore the flesh palette as it pertains to that small portion of the Munsell color wheel.
On the first day, Greg will help each artist optimize their current color palette by finding the base hue and chroma of all of the relevant paint tubes they currently use. This will better help each student understand when, where and how best to use them.
On the second day, with our flesh palettes optimized, students will mix flesh strings and paint several flesh spheres that represent a diverse range of skin tone.
Finally, during the final three days of the workshop, we will test our color theory by using the flesh palette to paint alla prima portraits with three vastly different models.
Recommended for artists with some prior experience painting the portrait in oil.
DEC 9-13: THE OIL PORTRAIT WITH GREG MORTENSON
BARNES ATELIER, London
DECEMBER 9 - 13 (5 DAYS)
MONDAY - FRIDAY, 10AM – 5PM (LUNCH 1-2PM)
In this intensive five-day workshop, artists will create a portrait painting from life. Following a lucid step-by-step approach, participants will first create an accurate graphite drawing on paper, transfer the drawing and then paint in oils on canvas.
Gregory will guide artists with daily demonstrations and in-depth personal critiques through each stage of the process – from creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, to color mixing, modeling form and all of the finishing details. Cranial anatomy, materials, paint handling, color theory, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout each session.
Beginning and advanced artists are welcome. Gregory will work with each artist to meet individual goals.
WEEKLY SATURDAY PORTRAIT
Grand Central Atelier
Saturday Mornings: 9:00-12:00pm (3 hours)
Lunch break: 12-1pm
Saturday Afternoons: 1:00-5:00pm (4 hours)
In this studio, artists will learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting the portrait with an emphasis on accurate observation. The same model and pose will be worked on for a series of sessions as artists strive to capture the likeness of the model first in the linear block-in drawing and finally in modeling the effect of light over the form. Studies will begin with pencil on paper and move on to paint as participants demonstrate greater proficiency. Beginning to advanced artists are welcome.