Oct 6-9: Self-Portrait with Gregory Mortenson

Oct. 6 - 9, 2017 (4 days)
9:30am - 4:30pm (lunch 12:30-1:30pm) • Friday - Monday


Limit: 10 artists

In this four-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.  

Day 1: Gregory will demonstrate and discuss all phases of the linear block-in: from straight-lines and flat shapes, to structural anatomy and perspective. The challenges of measuring while using a mirror will also be discussed.

Day 2: The physics of light on form and modeling will be the focus as the drawings are finished. The drawing will then be transferred to a canvas or panel for the next day’s painting.

Day 3/4: The final two days will be dedicated to painting, with discussions and demonstrations illustrating different methods of starting and finishing the self-portraits with accurate color, dimension and lively detail. .

Skill: All levels workshop, from beginners to advanced artists.



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.