Portraits – past and present methods

Subject –  Portraits – past and present methods

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; painting abstract backgrounds that reflect the subject matter, impressionistic brushwork and colour use and pop-art approaches.

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


Length of the course10 weeks

Starts 11th of January 2018

Cost  £120


Time –  Thursdays from 1pm – 3pm

Free tea and coffee

Location – Gosforth Parish Church Hall

Dates to attend:

11th, 18th, 25th january 2018

1st, 8th, 16th, 22nd february 2018

Please note:  no class at half term,  the 15th of February

1st, 9th, 16th March 2018

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.

Developing a style of your own makes your work easily recognisable and more satisfying to produce. To formulate a style most artists spend time exploring the approaches of others to find out what feels right and looks best for them. This course offers an opportunity to try new approaches to portait painting, exploring others stylistic ideas.

So, whether you are looking for a beginners course, or new ideas to help you formulate your style, this course will help you become a more proficient painter.

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 paint to make tonally graded colours, to help take some of the strain out of painting the face

Paint abstract backgrounds that reflect the subject matter

Explore using impressionistic colour and brushwork

Explore pop-art approaches

Use a viewing scope to isolate and accurately match colours

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

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 info@jasonskill.com


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 £120, 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 – £120

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