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Portrait Painting from Photographs

  • InterUrban ArtHouse 8001 Conser Street Suite 290 Overland Park, Kansas 66204 (map)

Four class workshop taught by Lacey Lewis

Class times: 6pm – 8pm, Tuesdays in Feb & March (Feb 23rd and March 1st, 8th, 15th)
Fee: $140 per person

In this four week class, Lacey Lewis will walk you through all aspects of painting realistic oil portraits from photographs. Topics covered will include lighting and photographing the model, identifying an ideal reference for a painting, how to achieve an accurate drawing and likeness, mixing skin tones and applying them correctly, and how to use edges, the background, and other compositional elements to create a strong focal point.

This class is perfect for anyone interested in portrait or figure painting, whether a novice or more experienced artist. While it is helpful to have some experience drawing or using oil paint, though it is not requisite to participate.

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Surfaces: Please bring a couple small canvases or gesso boards approximately 5”x7” for color studies. A larger canvas or gesso board for the main portrait project should be between 9” x 12” and "16 x 20”. Feel free to tone them a light brown or light gray if you like, but again this is not required.

Please, though, make sure that your surface is not so smooth that it’s shiny or slippery, as the paint will have difficulty adhering.

Paints: Please buy artist quality paints. Winsor & Newton is an affordable quality brand. I will mention the brand names I use, though you are not required to purchase the same brand.

Titanium white
Cadmium yellow light
Cadmium red
Quinacridone rose
French ultramarine blue (W&N)
Phthalocyanine turquoise (W&N)
Cadmium green
Burnt sienna
Burnt umber
Ivory black

Brushes: I recommend a mix of large natural bristle brushes and small synthetic brushes that are smooth to the touch, but pert. A favorite synthetic brush is Monarch, and I prefer filberts and rounds to flats or brights, but any quality brand will do.

Other: Flat palette (a palette with wells is difficult to clean)
Paper towels
Palette cup
Charcoal pencils
Easel (optional)
Camera for first class (optional)

Lacey Lewis

Lacey Lewis is a contemporary figurative painter who works in a realistic style. Most known for her paintings that depict modern­day burlesque performers, Lewis also works in portraiture and still life. Her first love was drawing and this continues to be the foundation of her artistic practice, working regularly from the live model. Lewis has studied with many of today’s best painters including Robert Liberace, Steven Assael, and Max Ginsburg. Her artwork is regularly recognized through exhibitions, awards, and publication. In addition to creating her own work, Lewis loves to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with others through teaching classes and workshops. Visit her website at:

Earlier Event: February 23
Open Studio