Online Class

The Classic Self-Portrait


Join artist and teacher Kerry Dunn for a masterful overview of oil painting techniques as you create a classic self-portrait.

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What You Get

  • 10 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Q&A in our virtual classroom with fellow crafters and makers
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Delve into the relationships between shapes, objects and hues that you see in the mirror without struggling to recreate the scene in front of you with each new session. First you'll make a value exercise depicting layers of light and shadows surrounding a ball before advancing to a self-portrait consisting of oil paints in a double primary palette (a warm and cool version of each primary, plus white). Along the way you'll learn to how to seamlessly blend wet and dry paint and incorporate valuable details that bring your portrait to life.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Setting Up
Meet Kerry Dunn and learn how to set up your tools and studio for a comfortable and efficient work station.
2. Underpainting in Grisaille
3. Light on the Ball Exercise
4. Light & Shadow
5. Expanding the Value Range
6. Introducing Color
7. Blocking & Adjusting Color
8. Blocking in for the Final Pass
9. Defining the Details
10. Reviewing the Process

Taught by

Kerry Dunn
Kerry Dunn
Named as one of American Artist Magazine's "25 Artists of Tomorrow" in 2012, Kerry Dunn is a representational oil painter and traditional oil painting teacher in Philadelphia, PA. Dunn approaches teaching with a focus on the core principles of drawing and painting. His work is featured in various galleries across the country and typically consists of portraits, sill life, figure and plein air works.
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