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IN-PERSON: "Painting the Portrait in Oils" with Adam Clague

in OIL
with Instructor Adam Clague
Friday to Sunday
(9am to 4pm)
October 7, 8, 9, 2022
WHERE: Art League Academy
(Located south-island at 106 Cordillo Parkway)

Painting portraits can be highly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating! Perhaps your past attempts have looked flat and formless. Maybe the skin colors have been "chalky" or "muddy." Perhaps you spent hours painting the perfect eye, only to realize later it was in the wrong place. If these struggles sound familiar, you are not alone. I'm excited to show you how to conquer these challenges and many more in this information-packed workshop! 


You'll learn how to…


• Draw anything correctly with the 4 Actions for Accurate Proportions 

• Mix realistic skin colors with my simple mixing methods 

• Make your portraits come alive with 3-D form 

• Avoid "chalky" or "muddy" skin colors 

• Turn the form with warms and cools 

• And much more! 


I'll begin each morning by sharing vital principles for portrait painting. Then, you'll see those concepts in action as I demonstrate painting a portrait from a live model. I'll verbalize my thoughts and show you my process from start to finish. Each afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to paint from a live model as I offer one-on-one assistance and critiques. Please join me for this wonderful time of fun and learning! 

-Adam Clague


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Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This class is a great choice for intermediate level students!
Materials Included: No materials are included in this class
Workshop Supply List

NOTE: I'll be using Rosemary & Co. Brushes, Rembrandt and Gamblin oil paints, and Gatorfoam panels that I prime with Utrecht Artist's Acrylic Gesso or Gamblin Oil Ground. However, please feel free to use any quality brands and surface types

*Feel free to replace cadmiums with permanent colors. For example, permanent lemon can be used instead of cadmium lemon.

Please Bring: Cadmium red light or medium, permanent alizarin crimson, cadmium lemon, cadmium yellow medium, yellow ochre, transparent oxide red or burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, viridian, titanium white, ivory black.

Optional Colors:Cadmium Orange, Gamblin Transparent Orange (I use these occasionally).

-At least 3 bristle flats or filberts ranging from small to large (sizes 1-12 or so)
-At least 3 softer flats or filberts (such as sable, mongoose or synthetic) ranging from small to large (sizes 1-12 or so)
-1 or 2 small b ristle rounds or riggers for details (sizes 0-2)

Please bring at least 1 surface for each day. Sizes can range from 10" x 8" to 16" x 12".

-I would like everyone to use Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits, but please also bring a natural thinner such as artist's linseed oil or artist's sunflower oil in case someone has a sensitivity to Gamsol.
-An Artists brush washer container

Please bring a portable easel that stands on the ground, such as a French easel, pochade box, etc. Art League Academy also has standing easels for anybody who does not have their own.

- A PORTABLE Palette (please no paper palettes or palettes with walls and compartments)
- At least 1 medium sized palette knife
- Trash bags for soiled towels
- Note-taking materials

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Instructor: Adam Clague
Instructor Bio:
ADAM CLAGUE is an impressionist oil painter based in Missouri. Whether Adam is painting a person, place, or plant, he seeks to faithfully capture the beauty of God's creation and to communicate that beauty with his viewers.

Adam is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, and a signature member of the Oil Painters of America. His work has received national and international honors, including Portraiture Award of Excellence at the 2018 OPA Salon Show, Best of Show at the 2016 American Impressionist Society National, and 2nd Honor Award at the 2014 PSoA International. His paintings have been displayed in a variety of venues including the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain. Adam enjoys sharing what he has learned as a full-time artist through workshops and through his online video course.

Adam received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pensacola Christian College, where he studied under Brian Jekel. It was at college that Adam met his wife and fellow painter, Andrea Orr Clague. They now live near Kansas City, Missouri with their 2 sons, Gideon and Jaron.
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