back to all workshops > impressionist portrait painting
DATES: 31 July to 4 August 2023 | 5 days, 30 instructed hours total
TIMES: 9:30 to 16:30 (lunch from 12:30 to 13:30)
INSTRUCTOR: Danny Ferland
LIMIT: 14 students maximum
COST: € 750
INCLUDED WITH COST: Daily lunch & refreshments, model costs, easels
NOT INCLUDED: Painting materials (see below), accommodation, travel fare
RECOMMENDED LEVEL: It's recommended that students have some prior experience with oil paints, but all levels are welcome
This workshop is full. All incoming applications are now placed on a waiting list.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Course DescriptionLearn to paint dynamic portraits from life in this intensive 5-day master class with visiting artist Danny Ferland. Trained at the Janus Collaborative School of Art in New York City, Danny's unique approach to painting the portrait in oils is reminiscent of a pointillist technique, in which he lays in a mosaic of color "tiles" to bring his paintings to a stunning finish.
Danny will give a live painting demonstration on the first two mornings of the workshop, giving students direct access to his unique painting approach and the opportunity to watch every step of his process. Starting with an initial block-in of the head using vine charcoal, the drawing will then be sealed off with a burnt umber underpainting before progressing to the use of a full-color palette.
Students will then practice this approach themselves over the remainder of the course, completing two portrait paintings from life from a male and female model. Each student will receive a high level of individual attention and one-on-one critique from Danny, who will instruct his students on drawing, color mixing, and paint application in order to achieve a convincing likeness to the model.
Course MaterialsThe following materials are required for participation in this course.
Items on the list marked * are available to buy at the atelier.OIL COLORS
Paints should be ''Artist / Professional'' quality. No ''Student'' quality paints please.
- Titanium White (Lead White is also acceptable for experienced painters)
- Lemon Yellow
- Cadmium Orange
- Cadmium Red
- Raw Sienna
- Burnt Sienna
- Viridian Green
- Alizarin Crimson (Permanent)
- Ultramarine Blue
- Burnt Umber
- Ivory Black
- * Gamsol
- 1 canvas size 30 x 40 cm, fine-weave cotton or linen
- 1 canvas size 40 x 50 cm, fine-weave cotton or linen
- Palette knife
- 1 clean empty glass jar for brush cleaning
- Paper towels
- 1 or 2 sticks of willow charcoal
- A range of brushes sizes #1 to 6 in varying shapes (filberts, flats, etc.) These can be synthetics, bristles, or natural-hair brushes.
Workshop ScheduleSTUDIO HOURS
- 9:00 | Studio doors open
- 9:30 to 12:30 | Morning lessons
- 12:30 to 13:30 | Lunch break
- 13:30 to 16:30 | Afternoon lessons
- 17:00 | Studio closed
- Morning | Demo: Danny will give a live demonstration of his approach to starting the portrait, beginning with a charcoal sketch and blocking in the shadows with umbers. Danny will also demonstrate how to apply an imprimatura.
- Afternoon | Practice: Students will begin their first of two portrait paintings from the live model with one-on-one critique from Danny.
- Morning | Demo: Danny will give a live demonstration on his "color tile" technique to painting a vivid, lifelike portrait.
- Afternoon | Practice: Students will continue their first portrait painting from the model with individual guidance from Danny.
- Morning & Afternoon | Practice: Students will work towards the completion of their first portrait painting from the model with individual guidance from Danny.
Days 4 & 5
- Morning & Afternoon | Practice: Students will begin a second portrait painting from a different model for the final two days of the workshop. Danny is open to giving another live demonstration for the group on Day 4, if students feel this is needed.
Financial AidYou may be eligible for funding for this workshop from Werktuig PPO (permanente professionele ontwikkeling, or “continuous professional development”) if the following applies to you:
- You are employed by a Dutch company or organization in the creative or cultural sector.
- You are a self-employed freelancer in the Netherlands in the creative or cultural sector.
How can I check if I am eligible?
Businesses within the creative or cultural sectors are categorized by SBI code.
The list of eligible SBI codes can be found here.
How does this funding scheme work?
Werktuig PPO finances one-third of the total cost of the course, with the remaining amount to be contributed by you or your employer.
Are you interested in enrolling in multiple courses at DARA? Werktuig PPO offers a maximum contribution of € 2000 in funds per 12 months.
How can I apply?
Apply online at: https://werktuigppo.nl/
Applications must be submitted by students. DARA is not affiliated with Werktuig PPO and cannot apply on a student’s behalf. Questions regarding this funding scheme may be emailed to email@example.com
Can students at DARA apply for the STAP budget?
Not at this time.
Are there any other discounts or scholarships available for workshops at DARA?
Not at this time.