The Portrait in Oil

Learn to quickly and powerfully capture an expressive portrait. We’ll paint primarily from photographs, which are great tools to enhance the way you see. We’ll cover setting up your palette, preparing your ground, getting your subject’s facial proportions right, mark making and other techniques. You’ll leave with an understanding of the portrait painting tradition as well as contemporary innovations.

Special Notes

  • Please note: Due to a small set of stairs, this is the only studio in our facility that is not handicap accessible.
  • Prerequisites–Beginner–level painting and/or drawing classes, or basic painting/drawing fundamentals
  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

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About the Instructor

Matthew Rea

Matthew Rea is an exhibiting painter residing in Virginia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Painting and Printmaking Program in 2014. He has had work exhibited along the East coast at such spaces as, The Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Gallery Flux, and VCU’s Depot Gallery. He currently paints and works in Richmond’s Museum District.


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The Portrait in Oil

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Class Details
April 18 - June 66:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Thu
Tuition: $180.00
Member Tuition: $162.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Matthew Rea
Level: Intermediate to Advanced