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Introduction to Portrait Painting in Oils (2-day workshop)

  • Yardley Arts, The Old School Hall The Square, Yardley Hastings Northampton, England, NN7 1EU United Kingdom (map)

Have you ever wanted to paint a portrait? Are you keen to learn but don’t know where to start? Then try our Introduction to Portrait Painting in Oils two-day workshop, with artist Cordell Garfield.

Following a step-by-step process, Cordell’s workshop will provide advice and guidance on painting a portrait from a reference photograph.

Day One - Producing a monochrome underpainting (grisaille) as a base for the portrait. Attention to facial proportions and measurements, plus tone and value to create the portrait.

Day Two - Application of colour using a limited colour palette to create the portrait. Emphasis on colour mixing, plus use of warm and cool colours to create structure and fully develop the portrait.

Cordell will supply reference photographs for you to work from. However, if you would like to work from your own reference photograph, please email in advance to Cordell so that he can advise. You photograph will need to have good lighting, a good tonal range and be sight size.


Do bring your own brushes (if you have favourites) and palettes and palette knives.

What else will I need to bring?

An old shirt or apron over your clothes (or old clothes). A packed lunch, or you can enjoy a pub lunch next door in the break.

Dates and times

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November 2019, from 10am to 4pm.


£120 per person. Suitable for adults (16+) and limited to 9 places.

How to book

Booking is through the tutor. You can contact Cordell directly on his mobile: 07944 395792 or email

About the tutor

Cordell is primarily an oil painter who uses traditional classical atelier techniques. Portraits and figurative work feature strongly in his art. As a contemporary painter, he uses both the traditional or modern whether it’s technique, subject or even an approach.


A full member of the Northampton Town and County Art Society, who has exhibited extensively within the county and beyond notably at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Cordell’s work is held in collections outside the UK and he was awarded the Peoples’ Choice Prize at the Alfred East Gallery as part of their Open 13 exhibition in 2013.

For more information on Cordell and his art practice, view his website: