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Realist Portrait Painting in Oil

7th January 2019 - 11th January 2019
5 Day Workshop

10.00am - 3.30pm

Portraiture is one of the most exciting subjects and, for the realist painter, there is the added challenge of getting a likeness.  In this workshop, we will touch on the fundamental principles of traditional portrait painting such as composition, tonal relationships and the importance of edges to add to the illusion of depth.  We will also look at colour and temperature in general and as they apply in the subtleties of flesh in particular.  A direct method of painting is encouraged that requires little in the way of drawing skills but focuses rather on the broad mass and then the gradual building up of the painting as the various elements are refined. Learning to see in a “painterly way” is an important skill which gives the student’s work greater authority and more convincing likenesses.

This 5 Day Workshop will commence with a demonstration. Students will work directly from the model and have the opportunity to paint two portraits from different viewpoints.

Lee studied classical painting and drawing at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. She is an Alice Bale Travelling Scholarship Winner (1993), and a member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society. Lee has over twenty years teaching experience.

Students need to bring their own materials to class please refer to the list below.

Please bring your own lunch - catering not provided.

Model Included.


Member $525.00
Non-member $590.00

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Materials List

Lee Machelak

In 1994, having won the Alice Bale Travelling Scholarship the previous year, Lee studied at the Florence Academy of Art, Italy. The scholarship also provided the opportunity for a three month study tour in Europe. Subsequent study tours have taken Lee to New York, Boston and Washington. Lee has over 20 years experience as a teacher both here and North America. She conducts portrait workshops and demonstrations, judges and undertakes portrait commissions.  She has exhibited in Singapore, London, New York and Vancouver.