Painting the Portrait in Watercolor (F22)

Instructor: Robert O'Brien

In this workshop you’ll learn to paint a human portrait with all of its nuances and subtleties in watercolor using a layering process. You will paint from photo references while the instructor demonstrates a finished portrait and goes over each step of the painting process. You’re encouraged to bring reference photos of a favorite portrait subject, but the instructor will also have reference photos on hand. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of each session. Though the class is open to all abilities, some drawing experience is recommended. This class will be held in-person at AVA. Click here for the class materials list.

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Robert O’Brien received his BA from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo and has worked in watercolor for 50 years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on the landscape and architecture of New England. He studied with James Whatford, Tony Couch, and Marshall Joyce. He is a member of many watercolor societies and has won numerous awards.