Painting Portrait from a Photo

Date: October 26, 27 and 28
Duration: 3 days
Location: Monart Art School Ottawa, 2445 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite B2-244
Instructor: Fernando Freitas
Price: $350.00

The workshop focuses on creating a painted portrait using a photo reference. Participants learn the key principles of working from photos, and most importantly, what to keep and what to leave out from the photographs.

Materials List


  • Titanium White, Lead White
  • Cad Yellow Med
  • Ivory Black or lamp black
  • Raw Umber
  • Red Umber
  • Cad Red Med
  • Burnt Umber
  • Cad Orange
  • Yellow Ochre light or Pale
  • Indian red
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Alizarian crimson

Note: Purchase only Artist Grade paints.  Do not use Winton or water soluable paints.


  • Oldorless mineral spirits (GamSol).  Turpentine is NOT permitted in the studio


  • Prepared acrylic canvas 1 – 18 x 24


  • Linseed oil.  Damar varnish is NOT permitted in the studio.


  • Palette (Select one of the following) Glass or Wood – must be sealed Paper (Grey Matters)
  • 2 Palette knives; long blades
  • 2 Medium cups
  • 2 Small jars for cleaning brushes
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Rags or paper towels or shop towels
  • Knitting needle


  • Bristle – natural or synthetic filbert 3 to 5 brushes from small to medium widths
  • Soft hair – natural or synthetic filbert 3 to 5 brushes from small to medium to large widths.
  • You will also require 3 liner brushes.   No flats or round brushes.