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Watercolor: Portrait Painting

Watercolor: Portrait Painting

from $75.00

This workshop highlights watercolor as a medium for expressing skin and representing the human head. Students will learn how to mix skin tone accurately without the use of white paint. In watercolor we avoid using white because it is opaque rather than transparent. Here students will learn to see and mix a range of colors to convey light and shadow in any skin tone, under any light. Focus will be given to replicating the textures of skin and hair through this complex medium employing techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry, dry on dry and overlaying washes to visually communicate different parts of the face. 

Materials to bring:
Please bring a mirror, tablet/ipad, or photographic portrait print outs with you to class so that you have a face to work from.* 

Materials fee:
$10 (payable to instructor at class)

Instructor bio:
Allison Maletz is a contemporary watercolor and mixed media artist. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has taught people from age 8-80 and currently leads painting, drawing, illustration, installation and professional practices for artists classes at Parsons The New School for Design, Marymount Manhattan College, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the 92nd St Y. She has exhibited various mediums in the Liverpool Biennial, New Contemporaries UK, Zoo Art Italy, The Royal Watercolor Society in London and the Moscow Biennale for Young Artists at the MMoMA and the Florence Griswold Museum. You can see her work at

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