Galway Portraiture Workshop with Caitlyn Rooke, 23 septembre 2017 12:00-23 septembre 2017 18:00, Galway Arts Centre Galway Arts Centre .

Portraiture Workshop with Caitlyn Rooke

September 23rd, 2017 11-5pm

Learn to paint a lively and realistic portrait with oil painter, Caitlyn Rooke, in this 6 hour workshop. This is a great opportunity for beginners and artists of any level who want to freshen up their life painting skills. This workshop focuses on learning to paint realistically by thinking abstractly. It includes demonstrations at each stage of the portrait and with only ten places available, you can expect plenty of individual feedback throughout.

Caitlyn has exhibited her paintings abroad and in Ireland, including the RHA. Check out Caitlyn’s work at

All materials are included, so all you have to do is show up! The workshop day costs €120 and will include a provided afternoon tea break and an hour for your own lunch.

Workshop Outline:

11:00-11:30 Palette Mixing

Based on close observation of the model, create color/value strings and discuss the transition of temperature across the form. Demo of adjusting values and hues.

11:30-13:00 Utilize abstract thinking to achieve realism

During this stage, consider the design of the portrait and where you wish the focus to rest…the eyes? The mouth? The overall posture of the head?

Find the most conspicuous abstract shape on the face, and begin there. Often, this is the forehead or broad planes of the cheek. When placing this shape on your surface, consider the overall composition. You may have to wipe it off and start over a couple of times. Once this first shape is accurate, continue to block in the masses of the bone structure and shape of the head, avoiding painting the features themselves (these will emerge later).

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:00 Establish dark and light values

Find the the shadows first, and once those are established, the light values. Just because an area of stark contrast may exist in real life doesn’t mean it must be painted that way…Remember your design and stick to your vision. Use realism as a tool.

15:00-16:00 Features & Expression

Consider the features and expression in the same abstract mindset as the larger masses. As long as the bone structure and large plains are considered, the features ought not to take up too much time.

16:00-17:00 Finish and Clean

This hour will be for those last adjustments, a quick review, and a quick run down on how to properly clean and care for brushes, palette knives, and palettes.

Number of students: 10 max

Cost: €120

Materials Provided:

Primed painting surface: 12in by 16in (30cm x 40cm)
Palette knife
unbleached titanium white
ultramarine blue
Alizarin crimson
yellow ochre
burnt umber
Refined linseed oil
Brush Cleaner