Subtle Portraits from photographs



Subject –  Subtle portaits from photograhs

Mediums – Water soluble oils and acrylics

Level  – This course would suit both beginners and those with previous experience of portait painting..

Beginners will be shown how to quickly ‘copy’ an image and premix  skin colours, graded tonally, to take some of the the strain out of painting an accurate likeness.

For the more experienced painter we will be undertaking some aspects of portrait painting not explored on my previous portrait painting courses. These include; observing the colour zones of the face, using a viewing scope to isolate and accurately match colours, working with colour gamuts to determine the colours that are used within a picture, and concentrating on emotionally connecting with the subject to add emotional charge.

This course provides time and expert tuition to help you make a subtle portrait that you are proud of.

Length of the course8 weeks

Starts 5th of October 2017

Cost  £96

Time –  Thursdays from 1pm – 3pm

Free tea and coffee

Location – Gosforth Parish Church Hall

Dates to attend:

5th, 12th, 19th October 2017

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November 2017

Please note:  no class at half term,  the 26th of October 2017

final class – 7th December

Why does Jason think this course would be of value to you ?

Oil paints and acrylics are well suited to portait painting. These mediums allow you to change your work, tuning it over and over again, until you are satisfied with the results. Creating  a likeness is very satisfying.

Copying someones face, so that it looks like them, is however only half the art of painting a portait. Connecting to the sitter and empathising with them, transmitting their state of mind to the viewer, is the real art. Working from photographs, rather than sitting in front of the person while you paint them, makes that process more difficult. All you have is one frozen moment to feed off. Over the years I have worked with a number of ideas that help you connect to the person in the image and bring out charater and emotion within your pictures. On this course we will be exploring some of these techniques as well as dealing with the mechanics of making a portrait and exploring some new methods I have found useful when painting faces.

So, whether you are looking for a beginners course or just need further guidance to make your portraits come to life this course will be worth undertaking.

What will you do on the course ?


Be shown a number of methods to quickly copy your photographic image onto paper or canvas.

Be shown how to pre-mix your paintings to make tonally graded colours, to help take some of the strain out of painting the face

Observing the colour zones of the face

Using a viewing scope to isolate and accurately match colours

Work with colour gamuts to determine the colours that are used within a picture

Concentrating on emotionally connecting with the subject to add emotional charge

Paint portraits from photographs


What will you need to bring to the first class ?

A notebook and a pen

Either water soluble oil paints or acrylics

Oil / acrylic painting paper

Your brushes

Water pot

Drawing board

Masking tape

Pencil, erasure and pencil sharpener

Photographs of faces you would like to paint

Jason will provide some inspirational images of faces, but you may wish to work from your own reference.

If you have any questions please feel free to email


The location


Venue: Gosforth Parish Church Hall, Wardle Street, South Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE13 1RX




The studio is situated on the gound floor in the modern extension to the original building.  The room has large windows down one side of the room providing good natural light.

How would you get there ?

By Metro & Bus – There is a Metro entrance is directly opposite the hall on the oposite side of the the road. – see map link below

By Car – There is parking provided within the Gosforth Parish Church Halls grounds.


How can you book a place on the course ?

By clicking on the BUY NOW  button below and following the payment procedures you will book your place on the course.

If you are unable to purchase the course online then please send a cheque for £96,

made payable to: Painting with Skill LTD

…to Jason Skill, Sikehead, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE403ND

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To avoid disappointment –  book early.

Why not buy this course as a gift for friends and family ?

Course cost – £96

Painting With Skill Limited, Company No. 5763767, a company registered in England and Wales.

Registered address: Sikehead, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3ND