Abstract to Real: Portraiture

Explore portraiture from the Abstract to the Realistic!



Members$253.00 In Progress
Public$287.00 In Progress

Class Dates

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday Apr 17, 2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday Apr 23, 2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday Apr 24, 2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Develop a portrait from an abstract to a realistic. Learn to look at a portrait from basic shapes, colours, lines and textures in the abstract and then translate these into a realistic portrait. Techniques of Spontaneous ( Abstract) to Classical (Real) approaches will be used. Participants will complete two canvas portraits using acrylics/ oils and various tools.

Various Oil Portrait Painting and Acrylic methods will be reviewed using a variety of tools and materials. The realistic painting will be done in oils and using a live model. Concentration will be on the Alla Prima method ( a direct method of applying paint in a short sitting) and a limited Rembrandt palette . The workshop will include a review of preparation, proportional drawing, colour values, mixing a colour palette , building forms and finishing. Participants will benefit from personalized instruction and feedback from the artist in completing their portraits.

Materials: please see list below.
Please note, this is an in-studio program.
Please contact programs@niagarapumphouse.ca for any questions.

Materials List

Materials Oil Paints
-16 X 20 canvas or gesso Masonite wood panel
-Titanium white ( or Flake white)
-Yellow Ochre
-Burnt Umber
-Burnt Sienna
- Ivory Black
-Cadmium Red Gesso
-Optional Colours Sap Green/ Raw Umber
-Liquin Oil Medium/ or other Medium (linseed oil)

Materials Acrylic Paints
- 18x24 (minimum size) or larger, canvas or masonite
-Bright Florescent Colours (Orange, Turquoise, Sky Blue, Hot Pink, Florescent Green)
- Black
- Acrylic Medium (optional)
- Black and White Solarized* images of faces

Assortment of Brushes
Odorless Solvent
Palette Board
Palette Knifes
Paper Towels

* a solarized image is a black and white image that has had its tones reversed.

Instructor - George Doros

Instructor - George Doros

George Doros is a Niagara resident, graduate of Ontario College of Art, Guelph University, and Brock University. He is a Visual Arts Educator /Consultant, Workshop Presenter, and Oil Portrait Painter, and studied with New York portrait artist Daniel Greene.