Josh Sorrell


Portrait Painting Workshop

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Painting the Impressionist Portrait, ages 16 +

All skill levels welcome. Prior portrait drawing experience in any medium is recommended.
Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm
July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (4 weeks)
Class size limit: 6
Studio Location: Mainframe Studios, Des Moines. Studio 381
Instructor: Josh Sorrell

Students will be guided through oil painting techniques using the instructor’s version of the impressionist palette. The first class will cover the materials used for the class, how to mix colors, and toning a panel in preparation for painting. On day two of the workshop we will focus on portrait drawing fundamentals. And on the final 2 days, students will set up their palettes and complete their portrait painting. All skill levels welcome, but some experience in painting and some fundamental knowledge of color mixing will be useful.

Supplies to bring to the first class:
(3) 9x12 Gesso Primed panel. Example: Trekell art panels -
(The following can be purchased through
- Gamblin Solvent free liquid
- Oil paint. Minimum size tubes 37ml. Brands Gamblin, Winsor Newton, M Graham or similar quality. Tip: M Graham is the cheapest for the cadmium paints, Gamblin and Winsor are the cheapest for most of the other colors. It's ok to mix and match brands.
Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna
Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red (medium if multiple shades)
Cadmium Yellow (medium if multiple shades)
Cadmium Yellow Light
Titanium White (Fast dry version preferred. Example: M. Graham Titanium White Quick dry formula)
Brushes: #2, #4, #6 flat style brush. Example: "Trekell Opal Long Flat 4000LF Series" or "Trekell Opal Flat 4000F Series"

If Josh Sorrell cancels a class:
Josh Sorrell reserves the right to cancel a class at least 7 days prior to the start date if minimum enrollment is not met. If we cancel a class you will receive a full refund.*

If you cancel enrollment:
30 or more days prior to the start date, you will receive a full refund of the class cost. At least 15 days prior to the start date, you will receive a 50% refund of the class cost. No refund will be given for cancellations less than 15 days before the start of any class.