Portraiture Frans Hals to Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville at East Coast Art Studios

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A 3-day Portraiture Frans Hals to Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville at East Coast Art Studios takes place in November 2022 & February 2023.


November  10-4 pm  19th, 20th & 27th     BOOK NOW
February 10-4 pm     18th, 19th, & 26th     BOOK NOW

Portraiture Frans Hals to Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville at East Coast Art Studios

The course is suitable for anyone interested in painting portraits in oil and developing their techniques in understanding how to use brushes, mix flesh tones, set up your palette , work without turpentine.


The expressive portrait is an exciting exploration of a quick underpainting sketch on top of which the flesh palette of 6 colors is placed wet in wet -Alla Prima. Students will learn how to develop their language of brush work, palette setup and how to paint flesh, hair and backgrounds in the style of a number of artists . Prints are provided to work from in the studio.The limited Palette, 6 colors that lead to the magic of flesh and the basis to painting flesh from the time of the Egyptians up to present day. By harnessing the simple but complex relationships between the earth colors of the limited palette the painter can explore and harness its power to create exciting passages of paint that have an energy that embraces the viscous nature of oil paint. This research that will be explained and demonstrated in this 3 day course will cover such painters as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville. People will learn how to construct a head quickly and create lively sketches in oil and resolved passages. The course will also explore glazing in the 3rd session.Materials provided by studio -includes – canvas 1 x 30×40 and 1 x 40×50 use of oil paints and linseed oil. Please bring your own set of brushes –  filberts size 2,6,8,10 and 12 recommended.

East Coast Art Studios is a unique creative space for artists, nestled in the heart of Bray, Co Wicklow.

The studios hosts daytime, evening and private classes in painting and drawing and is open to creatives of all levels and interests to join at anytime.

Work with professional artist Eoin Llewellyn in a collective, positive and  creative atmosphere while exploring individual artistic goals and interests, and increase your knowledge in Oil painting, watercolor and drawing techniques.

Participants receive individual time with the teacher to ask questions, discuss ideas, and work through techniques. All classes include ongoing live demonstrations from the teacher to highlight various techniques relevant to student’s interests, be they contemporary or classical.

You can choose from a range of short or long-term courses or simply drop in and work in the studio for a session of your choice.

Learn more & explore courses here

Steven Galvin

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