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IN-PERSON: "Portrait Painting: Capturing the Essences of People & Animals" with Jana Stiles


with Jana Stiles

Painting portraits can be intimidating for artists. Yet, with some simplified approaches that go beyond line drawing to shadow shapes, use of chiaroscuro, color accuracy, and overall design composition the magic of portrait painting becomes a truly enjoyable skill. 


These days most portrait painters must work from photos so adjusting for the limits of the photo is an essential part of the process. If you can take your own photos of your subject that have excellent color, definite shadow shapes in the face, and minimal background ‘noise’ you will have more success with the painting process. Be sure to enlarge the photo to the exact face and head size of your intended painting—life-size or slightly smaller works best. 



Thursdays (12 - 3pm)
November 4, 11, 18 & December 2, 9, 16, 2021.


Art League Academy
(Located South-Island at 106 Cordillo Parkway)



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Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Join us for this exciting 6-Week portraiture class perfect for intermediate and advanced oil or pastel painters.
Materials Included: No materials are included in this class. A list of materials you should bring with you will be provided upon registration.
Requirements: PLEASE BRING:


2.Kneaded Eraser

3. Tinted OR Brown Paper
(For Preliminary Sketches)

4.Medium of your choice
(Preferably Oil or Pastel)



7. Latex Gloves
(If you're working in pastel)

NOTE: The BEST Medium for oil is Artists Walnut Oil (NOT food-grade walnut oil). Please ONLY use odorless/non-toxic Turpenoid Natural for cleaning brushes during the class.

9.Several Blank or In-Progress Canvas
(Or panels or durable paper)

10.Excellent quality photos of your subject(s)
*Enlarge to as-close-to life-size as possible so it will exactly match the face/head size of the finished portrait painting. Mount the photo on cardboard or a sturdy surface that will sit on an easel next to your canvas.

11.A 2-ft plumb line
(a string with a weight/bob at the end)

12.Painters Blue or Masking Tape

13.Small Hand-Held Mirror

14.Comfortable Standing/Walking Shoes

Questions? email academy at
Instructor: Jana Stiles
Instructor Bio: Drawing and painting have been comforting and solace to JANA STILES since childhood. The process nourishes her as nothing else does. Studying with various academic instructors and university professors Jana was left with a hunger for more serious art training and feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to study at the Atelier of Paul Ingbretson's School of Painting and Drawing in Manchester, NH. Paul is one of the very few master teachers who carry on the lineage of the Boston School Painters. From Sargent to Tarbell, Wm Paxton, Frank Benson, the Hale's, Gerome, Velasquez, and JL David the influence of combining the best techniques of color and immediacy of the Impressionists with the skill and accuracy in rendering from the Old Masters and Classical Representational Art is what these painters bring to an unparalleled level of contemporary fine art that will stand the test of time.

In addition to the skills and practice of drawing and painting Jana has a fascination with the Creative Process itself, what influences seeing and translating visual impressions onto 2-dimensional surfaces, what internal barriers prevent progress, and how we as humans tend to talk to ourselves while being creative. With a background in Humanistic Psychology and decades of providing professional Health Coaching, she is skilled at helping people move past unhealthy patterns by supporting what is most natural and positive about their unique process. Jana enjoys setting a warm and supportive atmosphere when she facilitates any form of adult learning. It just works faster and better for everyone!
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Included Materials



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