Apalachicola School of Art

Spend four days with a Master portrait artist!

Painting the Head in Oil with Dawn Whitelaw

Dates soon to be updated for 2015, please email, info@historicapalachicola.com for details!

I will be teaching basic principals of portraiture. Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve painting skills. While our subject will be the human head, the knowledge offered in sound painting practices, will be an asset in painting any subject matter. To benefit most from this class a student should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. This class will include lecture, power point presentations, demonstration, and critiques. There will be lots of individual help at easels as the student starts three portrait studies. The emphasis is on good sound starts not on completion of a finished portrait during the class. I taught portraits in oil for 30 years as an adjunct at David Lipscomb University. I will be using a lot of the teaching techniques developed over these years. 

Cost, $500.00 per student, $200 deposit due with registration.  Check payable to Apalachicola School of Art. Mail deposit to: Apalachicola School of Art, PO Box 86, Apalachicola, Florida 32329

*Portable easel
Your set-up should be easy to move. You will paint from three different positions during the workshop. If you need a small table or TV tray, you will also need to bring that as well.

*3 medium size canvases
Sizes can be 16x20, 18x14, or 20x24; whatever size and surface that you like. I will probably just be painting on canvas boards. In class we will concentrate on painting the head rather than ¾ or full view.

*Bring a medium, if you like to use one.
*Non-breakable container for thinner. Please bring ODORLESS thinner.
*Bring a trash bag or two.
*Paper towels
*Palette knife

IF, AND ONLY IF, you wish to work with my materials (THIS IS NOT REQUIRED), my palette has three primaries, plus white. IF you are learning to work with the primary palette, especially when painting portraits, I would prefer that you bring the brands I use because pigments and tinting strength vary from brand to brand I use the following…
Titanium White or Zinc Titanium mixture (Blue Ridge Oil)
Ultramarine Blue (Blue Ridge Oil)
Pyrol Red (Blue Ridge Oil)
Cadmium Yellow Medium (Blue Ridge Oil)
I am experimenting with some additional colors, which may, or may not, stay on my palette. These other colors are, Indian Yellow, Trans Red Oxide, and Prussian blue. I have used a three-color palette for decades and am just thinking about expanding it a bit by adding some additional colors.

If you use a primary palette with other reds, yellows, and blues, it may be difficult to get pleasing results. For instance, Alizarin Crimson, Thalo blue and Lemon yellow make for an interesting primary palette, but they are not ideal for skin tones. In other words, not all red, yellow, blue palette combinations will give great results.

I am using Blue Ridge Paints, exclusively. In another brand of paint the colors will be different. Blue Ridge Paints can be ordered on-line from Eric Silver. Since you are purchasing directly from the manufacturer, you will find the prices reasonable. Website to order from is
Email: info@blueridgeartist.com

I use filbert and round bristle brushes. I am using mostly Silver brand brushes, but there are some other good options out there. On a head study, I will use mostly #4-#6 #8. You are welcome to just bring the brushes you normally use.

Any palette you use for mixing paint colors should not be white; a middle value neutral color is preferred.  



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