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Portrait Masterclass with Yvette Coppersmith

Next Available: Sat, 31 Aug 10:00AM
7.0 hours x 2 Days
Book Now (http://weteachme.com/l/kC6vTP8r)


In this two-day masterclass you will learn a variety of skills and techniques towards understanding portrait painting. Your tutor is renowned Australian artist and 2018

Day one:

  • Drawing and tonal study: A short refresher in identifying the planes of the head 
  • Morning tea: A look at portraits, palettes, techniques and compositions used by classical and contemporary artists
  • Sketching a self-portrait from the mirror, emphasis on drawing as the foundation for painting
  • Lunch break
  • Colour mixing, palette choices and paint application demonstrations 
  • Learning to block in with speed, producing two preliminary studies exploring different palettes

Day two:

  • Working from one of the preliminary studies and a mirror, the day will be spent producing a resolved self-portrait on canvas, utilising skills and techniques learnt during the workshop  considering style, composition, background and palette choice. You will have ongoing feedback and support. 

About your tutor:

Yvette Coppersmith began her practice as a portraitist working within the realist style and over the past 15 years has expanded her subject matter and style to include working in abstraction. Yvette exhibits nationally and internationally, and has been commissioned for portraits for public and private collections. Yvette has been a finalist of art prizes including the Archibald five times, the Doug Moran five times, and the Portia Geach five times. Her 2017 Archibald portrait of Emirtus Professor Gillian Triggs is part of the Foxtel Arts doco 'The Archibald'. Yvette won the inaugural Metro Prize in 2003 and began teaching painting/drawing in 2004. She has run workshops at the National Gallery of Victoria, Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Geelong Grammar and private art schools.

Follow Yvette's Instagram feed for images of her latest work.

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What you will learn
  • How to identify portrait structure and tonal values
  • Colour mixing and selecting alternative palettes
  • How to block in with speed, and develop confidence in making quick studies
What you will get
  • Exercises in developing visual perception; spatial and tonal relationships
  • Practical demonstrations
  • All materials, morning and afternoon tea

What to bring
  • A small notebook may be useful
  • Your own brushes if you wish
What to wear

Casual clothes, aprons provided

Appropriate for

Artists wishing to explore portraiture, intermediate and advanced art students


Fitzroy Painting

Vendor since 2013

Established in 2009 and based on the top floor of a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Painting for Beginners is the original and best of private art classes in Fitzroy! A working artists studio, the space provides a great environment to develop your painting and drawing skills with the expert support and guidance of highly qualified teachers and full-time professional artists.

Our 4 - Week Beginners Courses are designed for the complete beginner, taking you through a series of exercises and building your skills week by week as you produce paintings to take home. Students may choose to continue to our Beginners Course: Level 2. Ongoing students are supported to help develop their own direction, with optional exercises offered to expand on skills and knowledge, and our Atelier students are assisted in taking it to the next level in professional practice.

Love the class? All students wishing to extend their course may purchase 4 or 8 - week blocks for ongoing students at a discounted rate. Some of our students have gone on to Higher Education courses and are now exhibiting professionally!

Need to miss a class? We understand busy lives and offer flexibility - just let us know in advance and we'll credit you a class. (Maximum of 2 changes per 8 weeks, ongoing and Atelier students only).

Evening classes include wine and cheese, and morning classes include tea, coffee and cakes. Classes run for 3 hours and basic equipment is available for student use at the studio, including easels, aprons, palettes and drawing boards. We believe in safe studio-practice and provide low-toxic, low-odour materials for student use, as well as high-quality clean-up materials for brushes and hands. We also have storage facilities if you wish to keep your materials at the studio.

Each student works at their own pace and receives one-on-one attention, and all students are invited to exhibit in our annual end of year exhibition, a fun opportunity to show family and friends what you’ve been doing!

Visit our website for more info and pictures of student work. www.fitzroypainting.com

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Course refund policy:

  • Full refunds for cancellations can be given up to 30 days before the course commencement date. If available, we are happy to transfer you to another course or workshop at a later date with 30 days notice.
  • A 50% refund will be given for cancellations up to 10 days before the course commencement date.
  • No refund will be given after 10 days before the course commencement date. Under exceptional circumstances a full refund will be given regardless of date of cancellation.
  • No make-up classes can be offered for our beginners courses.
  • Please note there is a $30 fee deducted on all refunds.

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Terms & Conditions

Bookings and class cancellations policy: 

Due to the high demand for classes and small number of places available in our 4-week beginners course, Fitzroy Painting is unable to swap, substitute or offer ‘make-up’ classes. Ongoing students please contact us if you are unable to attend a class. Absences without notification will forfeit the full class/course fee and receive no credit.

Should Fitzroy Painting be forced to cancel a class students will be notified as soon as possible prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for a replacement class or a refund as required.

Uncollected materials and artworks will be disposed of at the end of each year.

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