• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

ONLINE: Classical Portrait Painting: This six week course is designed to be either a stand alone course to learn the basics of Classical Portrait painting or as a follow-up course to 017 Classical Portrait Drawing (starting in January, 2021). It is ideal for students with some portrait drawing and/or painting background.  

This course introduces classical techniques of portrait painting, focused on realism. Students may use oils or acrylics. The instructor will introduce the materials she uses (oils) and provide insight as to why she uses them. She will demonstrate techniques and students will work along with her through each stage of the painting, from a basic block-in of big masses, to the final rendered painting.   

Demonstrations will focus on two main projects: a single session portrait painting (Ala Prima) and a sustained portrait painting in Piambura. 

Along the way, you will learn foundational painting and gain insights and understanding of the form, the importance of value, and the selection and use of color.

Winter 2021: 6 Weeks: Base Tuition: $275  

TSA will deliver this course using ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

Notes: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since summer 2018. Previously, she taught the Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity; social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada.
* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • Classical portrait painting techniques
  • Learn in a step by step approach
  • Gain insight into materials and processes of portrait painting

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases in case you need to return any materials

  • Drawing Materials: Pencils, Paper, and Eraser 
  • Brushes : Small to Large size of Rosemary Master’s Choice brushes (Articulations in the Junction sells these) and Bristol brushes by Trekell (Sizes - 1, 6, 10 *or any varied sizes / Shapes - Rounds and Flats). I personally use Curry’s or Aboveground white round and flat synthetic brushes. 
  • Panels or canvases of varying size (Ampersand panels from Aboveground or Jack Richeson panels from Curry’s are two great choices) A several small panels/canvases for studies AND one or two panels for the final painting 

Oil / Acrylic Colours 

  • Recommended full palette: Titanium White, Cad. Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Cad. Orange, Scarlet Lake, Transparent Red Oxide, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine or Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green, Ivory Black.

Note that these colours are all just recommendations so please feel free to edit it to your preference as long as you cover yellow, red, and blue combinations. 

  • KAMA Oil brand (the best quality for the price)
  • Izosol hypo-allergenic solvent* for oil paint OR water container 
  • Gamblin Solvent Free Fluid 
  • Grey paper palette is best suited for mixing harmonious colours Paper Towels / blue shop towels from Canadian Tire work the best