Fundamentals of Portrait Painting

With intuitive exercises you willl learn to paint realistic portraits.

As with our other foundation courses, you will be given different assignments and references to learn portrait painting step by step at your own pace. From stylised exercises to portraits from photos. We use the alla prima method. Which alone produces impressive paintings, but is also a very good basis for multi-layered portraits.

This class is not for complete beginners, you should already be able to draw portraits with confidence. Ideally, you should do our portrait drawing course first or in parallel. There you will learn in general how to create a portrait. It doesn't matter whether you primarily want to draw or paint later. If you have never painted with oils before, or if you have just started, you should first attend our fundamental painting course.

You can participate in this course either with oil or acrylic paints (e.g. Golden Open). We recommend oil paints as they are more flexible than acrylics. And if you prefer to paint digitally, you can also take part in this painting course with your tablet.
Content of the painting course

What you learn

  • Picking up the portrait basics
  • Describing shapes and edges
  • Vivid skin colours
  • Portraits from photos

Materials for painting

You don't need many expensive colors or big fancy canvases to start painting. We will send you list of supplies with buying options.

  • 6-8 paints
  • A handful of brushes
  • Not more than 10 small painting surfaces
  • Painting medium with container and a rug

Group instructions will be in German. And your personal feedback in English.

Study of an Anders Zorn oil portrait
Level Fundamentals
Scope 10 or 5 sessions, each 3 hours
Entry Any time
Price €139.00 / €259.00 1

You can use the Fundamentals Ticket flexibly for all classes from our fundamentals program and not only for Fundamentals: Portraits Painting.

  • Study of an Anders Zorn oil portrait
  • Monochrome blue skull study painted with oil
  • Portrait of a young woman
  • Buddha painted in oil
  • Study of a Zorn painting
  • Monochrome study of a skull

Any questions?

If your are not sure if "Fundamentals: Portraits Painting" is the right Class for you or if you have general questions about our drawing and painting classes, feel free to send us a message, we are happy to help you find the right class for you. You can also check our FAQ.