Amy Dury – Portraits from the Past (Online); Wednesdays, June 5-19, 2024

Date: Wednesdays, June 5-19, 2024
Time: 9:30-12:00 AM Pacific Time, 12:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time/5:30-8:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic (Amy will work in oil)

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Whether you’d like to honour someone from your past or use found photos, this course will take a look at how to make a portrait in oil or acrylic paint and is suitable for complete beginners. We will start with looking at choosing great faces and analysing the proportions of the head. We will then ease into using oil paints and mixing colours for skin tones . Looking at artist examples , we will explore brushwork and paint techniques over the three weeks together. Each session will contain a wealth of information and demos, and suggest tasks to complete at home. You can work towards completing a portrait in oils or acrylics from a favourite photograph. Join us as we breathe new life into vintage photographs and unleash your creativity on canvas.


  • How to choose great faces to work from
  • Analysing the proportions of the face
  • Explore techniques for capturing facial expressions, gestures, and subtle nuances that bring portraits to life.
  • Learn how to use line, form, and proportion to create dynamic and realistic portraits.
  • Looking at Artists to inspire
  • Drawing exercises to improve observational skills
  • Simplifying shapes and facial features
  • Using oil paints
  • Mixing various skin tones
  • Exploring brushwork and paint techniques

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UK-based painter Amy Dury works with oils to create evocative and nostalgic works of art. Combining elements of realism with occasional abstract and gestural brushwork, Amy’s figurative paintings have a distinct atmosphere to them. Each of Amy’s works have their own colour scheme, sometimes sticking to a palette of sombre blues, and at other times consisting of rich reds and earthy browns.

About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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