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Introduction to Portrait Painting in Oils (1-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 workshop, with artist Cordell Garfield.

Cordell is an experienced artist who will guide you through creating a portrait from a photograph. Following a step-by-step process, Cordell’s workshop will provide advice and guidance on painting a portrait from a reference photograph. The process will cover:

  • Using oil paints

  • The typical proportions of the face

  • Measuring and mapping out key features from the photograph

  • The use of line, tone and value to create the portrait

Cordell will provide supporting handouts as part of the workshop to explain and demystify the technical terms and techniques involved. You will create a portrait that you will be able to take away with you at the end of the workshop.


Paints, brushes, pre-coloured paper/board, low odour solvent and paint mixing boards are all provided. A reference photograph will also be provided.

What 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.


£65 (including materials). Suitable for adults (16+) and limited to 10 places.

Fully booked

How to book

Booking is through Yardley Arts, you can either email or book online by clicking the ‘Buy Now’ button below.

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:

If you have any questions, please contact Cordell directly on his mobile: 07944 395792 or email: