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Studies in Portraiture

January 7 @ 10:00 amApril 1 @ 2:00 pm


Master Copy for Adults — Portrait Level I
Winter dates: January 7 & 14, Feb. 11 & 25, Mar 18, April 1

In these six sessions, adult students will copy a portrait by master artist Simon Vouet, who is responsible for bringing the Italian Baroque to France in 1627.  The class will work on acquiring a process for building layers, understanding color relationships, practicing facial features, dealing with hair and hands, and handling drapery.  [See supply list below]

Any makeup classes due to inclement weather will be rescheduled to a later date.

About the Artist Instructor Michela Mansuino —Michela graduated in 2017 from Studio Incamminati, an atelier for the study of humanist realism in Philadelphia. Her awards are numerous, including the Maggie Price and Jack Richeson Scholarship Award for 2014 -15, the Studio Incamminati Scholarship Award, and the D. Colman Witte Scholarship for the 2015-16 & 2016-17 Academic Years. Michela continues to teach at The Arts of Great Falls School and in Philadelphia.  In December 2016, Michela was selected by The Arts Council of Fairfax County as one of three talented Fairfax County artists with extensive arts education experience for the FY17 Artist Residencies in Middle Schools program.  Website

Supplies —

3B or 5B graphite pencils, really anything will be fine

18 X 24 inch paper or a sketchbook to draw in

two gray toned 16 X 20 inch canvas pad sheets, or similar

one 16 X 20 gray toned, stretched canvas

Oil Paints
Burnt Sienna
Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Rose
Perlyene Red
Cad Red Deep
Cadmium Red Medium
Cad Scarlet
Cad Orange
Indian Yellow
Raw Sienna
Cad Yellow Medium
Cad Yellow Pale
Cad Green Pale
Vasari Green
Pthalo Green
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Dioxazine Purple
Quanacridone Magenta
Titanium White and/or Cremnitz White

16 X 20 inch toned canvas pad sheets by Fredrix or Dick Blick with a support, or 12 X 16 inch stretched canvases, toned with Golden Acrylic N6 Neutral Gray

two #6 brushes, by Grand Prix, Silver, long and/or extra long filbert
two #4 brushes, by Grand Prix, Silver, long and/or extra long filbert
Gamsol/Turp jar with lid
Stand Oil
Small container for medium mixture
16 X 20 inches mixing Palette (treated/seasoned already) the larger the better
Two Palette Knives, one for painting, one for mixing
Viva paper towels


January 7 @ 10:00 am
April 1 @ 2:00 pm


The Arts of Great Falls School