IAP24 Painting Portraits

Day/Time: 4 Wednesdays starting January 10, 1:30-4:00

Location: SAA 2D Studio (W20-425)

Instructor: Timothy Lee

This course provides an overview of the process of painting portraits, focusing on composition, color, values, and textures. Although the class will be grounded in representational painting, students will be given the flexibility to incorporate abstraction into their works to create a striking and dynamic image. Students will learn important skills in painting such as creating underpaintings, mixing warm/cool palettes, and glazing. Students will leave this course with a deeper understanding on the approaches to portrait painting and will finish a painting at the conclusion of our time together.


Self portrait of a MIT student.

Students should purchase the following prior to the first class:

  • 18” x 24” canvas
  • Students should have a variety of different brushes suitable for rendering different textures
  • 3” wide flat Hake brush (often located in the ink section)
  • Rag cloths (old/throwaway cotton clothing is great for this purpose)

Course material fee of $20 to purchase communal oil paints


  •  January 10, 2024 - February 2, 2024
     1:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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