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Painting Workshop with Agnes Grochulska.


PAINTING WORSHOP  with Agnes Grochulska.

DATE: 24, 25, 26 and 27 March, 2022.

SCHEDULE: Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

DURATION: 28 hours.

PLACE:  La Galería Roja. C / Peral, 10. Alameda de Hércules. 41002, Seville.


Line and Color – portrait painting.
In this workshop, artists of all levels will learn about Agnes’ approach to painting portraits,
practice drawing, create their own oil painting following the instructions, and have an opportunity to watch her paint along with the group.
The Line and Color workshop is designed to take four days. Each day will focus on different aspects of the artist’s painting process.

Day One – Drawing: portrait and figure drawing practice from models or/and photos as preparation to gestural approach to painting.
Day Two – Line: creating an underdrawing on canvas.
Day Three – Light and Shadow: establishing lights and shadows in oil paint.
Day Four – Color: painting the portrait using a deliberately chosen color palette.
Each day will consist of three parts: Theory, Practice, and a Discussion.
Day One – Drawing Practice.
– Google Docs presentation on “Drawing with Expression not Expectation”
– Instinctive Sketching
– Short Drawing sessions (from 1-minute contour line drawing to 20-minutes studies)
– Longer sessions (45 minutes drawing sessions)
– Voluntary critique of student progress
Sketching and drawing practice. Goals, reasons and sharing practical tips.
Day Two – Line.
The Process:
– Gesture drawing and painting (line of action) for the initial placement and energy of the portrait
– Construction and observation in portrait painting: explanation of the Loomis and Reilly
construction methods, and other observation/measurement methods
– Theory of composition
– Idea/message that I am trying to convey in this particular portrait (The “why?”)
Examples in art.
– Line drawing – Gesture and Construction. Sketch in basic composition according to the

direction/message/meaning you want to convey. Step-by-step construction process
(charcoal/pencil and oil paint on canvas)
– The Planes of the Face – establish main construction lines for the face planes
– Features -Using comparative measuring, establishing the main features
– Voluntary critique of student progress
Intuitive gesture versus construction. Discussing painting and drawing
Day Three – Light and shadow.
– Basic anatomy/geometry of the human features (drawing demonstration of eyes, nose, lips)
– Light and shadow – basic theory of modelling the form.
Examples in art.
– Composition, proportions, perspective
– Painting the human face and figure
– Establish the direction of the light source
– Building the form – light and shadow, introduction of color
Realism and objectivity versus expression and individuality. Discussing the
spectrum from representational to abstract art. What do I want to exaggerate or distort? Does it
work for the overall emotion and feel of the painting?
Day Four – Color.
– Color theory (hue, value, chroma), value scale in monochrome and color, mixing skin tones. –
The meaning and impact of color.
– The overall impression of the painting as compared to the model and to the idea for the
– Focal Point – According to the composition idea and the emotion the portrait is supposed to
convey and decide what will the focal point of the painting be – use edge/texture/color accents
– Making a conscientious decision on how to make the painting intriguing, a composition that
draws and keeps the viewer in
– Think of/decide on a color palette for the finished painting
– Premix basic colors for the skin tones
– The background: color, mood, elements

– Deciding on the level of finished/unfinished for this
– Voluntary critique of student progress.

Is my painting “believable”?
Why did I want to create this painting?
What is a successful painting? Is my idea/message for the painting easily
readable? (At least to me?…)
What is finished/unfinished in painting.



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