Joshua LaRock: 5 Day Portrait Drawing and Painting Workshop

by Matthew Innis |

Sevilla, Spain – 5-Day Portrait Drawing and Painting Workshop

May 24-28 2017

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Limited to 12 students (all skill levels welcome)

Materials List

Capturing a likeness is among the most elusive yet emotionally satisfying of artistic endeavors.  In this workshop Joshua will walk students through the steps necessary to create a luminous, in-direct portrait painting from life.

Instruction and critiques for this workshop will center around the elements of form and how to achieve the illusion of three-dimensions.  By better understanding the importance of form the student will gain new insight into value, color, drawing and expression.

Joshua will be demonstrating the in-direct approach to oil painting. This is distinct from the alla-prima, or wet-in-wet, method in that it is done in layers and can therefore achieve wonderful and subtle effects by the use of semi-transparent veils of paint.

Each morning session will begin with a thorough portrait demonstration from the model including a dialogue of all important concepts, while the afternoon will focus on personal critiques.  Students will begin their portraits with a preparatory drawing in graphite and white chalk on toned paper, which will be transferred to canvas.  We will then apply three layers of paint: first, a thin neutralized underpainting to establish large value relationships; second, a slightly thicker layer where the form is built up and more color added; and finally a refining pass with a discussion of glazing and scumbling.


Wednesday from 10:00 to 14:00 h to 16:00 to 19:00 h

Thursday from 10:00 to 14:00 h to 16:00 to 19:00 h

Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 h to 16:00 to 19:00 h

Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 to 16:00 to 19:00 h

Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00 h



Day 1: Block-in drawing – composition, emotion, lighting, 2 dimensional vs 3 dimensional concepts

Day 2: Render drawing in graphite focusing on form and structure. Transfer to canvas.

Day 3: Underpainting – discuss various methods, intro to color space – hue/value/chroma

Day 4: Building up form – lighter lights, darker darks. Anticipate final layer.

Day 5: Finishing – Polishing by glazing and scumbling; edges

Cost: 650 


LOCATION: La Galería Roja. In the heart of Sevilla, next to La Alameda de Hercules. C / Peral, 10. Sevilla, 41002.



Who: Joshua LaRock

Where: La Galería Roja, Seville (ES)

When: May 24 – 28, 2017

Cost: 650 €

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