Painting the Oil Portrait: From Julius Caesar to the Self-Portrait

Course Availability Update

Dec. 19, 2010: 5 places remain for each section.

Painting the Oil Portrait is designed for those who have never painted a portrait before… but have always wanted to learn.  This course addresses the following principles: universal proportions of the head, scale, composition, edge, color value, color temperature and the modeling of paint to create a three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional surface.  The subjects are a bust of Julius Caesar and you (yes, a self-portrait).

Visit this page to view student work from the Spring of 2010.

Course Synthesis

  • Level: Beginners
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Number of Students: max 5
  • Language: English and Italian
  • Sede: Via Cardinale Merry del Val, 18 presso La Bottega dell’Artista (zona Trastevere)

Duration – Time – Cost

Two different sections of this course are offered:

Corse 1:
20 hours
Corse 2:
30 hours
Number of Lessons10 lessons of 2 hours10 lessons of 3 hours
Day and TimeEvery Monday
from 17:00 alle 19:00
Every Saturday
from 11:00 alle 14:00
Start and End DateFrom January 31st to April 4th 2011From February 5th to April 9th 2011
Cost€280,00 + Materials*€360,00 + Materials*


The list of materials will be published by mid-January, 2011, but the following is an idea of what will be used:

  • – Paper: Rives BFK, 1 sheet;
  • – Paper: Graphite, 1 sheet;
  • – Paper: Tracing, 1 sheet;
  • – Cretacolor 4b graphite pencil
  • – 2 Linen Canvases 30 cm x 40 cm;
  • – 5 brushes: 2 JF bull hair, 2 hog bristle, 1 sable Da Vinci.  I also recommend a bamboo brush holder;
  • – Palette and medium dish (double dish with plastic tops);
  • – Schmincke Mussini oil paints: ivory black, titanium white, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, raw umber, yellow ochre, vermilion red tone, alizarine, naples yellow.

Before taking this course, here’s what you need to know:

  • 1. 40% of the cost guarantees your place, the remaining 60% is to be paid the week before the start of the course.  The cost is non-refundable.  If you should not be able to continue the course after starting, the best solution is to find someone to take your place.
  • 2. There are no “make up classes.” If you miss a lesson, you miss a lesson.

To sign up or to ask further information, please fill out the form below or call either of the following numbers: 347.2631033 or 340.5600356.

Other courses that may be of interest for Spring 2011:



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