CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19- Painting a Portrait in Oils

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CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19- Painting a Portrait in Oils

April 30 @ 9:30 am UTC+0 at Downtowner Gallery $150

CANCELLED Painting a Portrait in Oils

In this workshop we will learn to paint a portrait in oils. We will follow a step by step approach as we focus on shapes and values, progressing to color and temperature to achieve a likeness of the model subject. Student should have some experience with drawing and with oil painting.

Instructor: Jennifer Polnaszek
Class dates and times:
April 30, 9:30-10:30: Introduction to oil paints (discussion and presentation) (Calendar says 12:30 to set the class time for the following weeks)
May 7, 14, 21: 9:30-12:30
Registration closes April 28, 12:03 am
Class fee: $150 paid by the registration deadline plus $20.00 model fee paid directly to the teacher on the first day of class.
Class audience: Adults aged 18+

Contact the artist below at her email address if you have any questions about class content.
Contact Round Rock Arts at if you have questions related to payments or the facility.

Sketch paper
#2 pencils
Pink eraser, Set of oil paints (Winsor Newton is good choice) avoid the off brand little sets, Oil paints in tubes with the suggested colors. Names are exact:
Titanium white (larger tube), yellow ochre, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna (which oil painters should buy in both oil, and acrylic), permanent green light, cadmium orange
Palette knife
Paper towels
Small to medium glass jar with tight lid for turpenoid
Disposable paper palette (12”x 16”), OR Reynolds Freezer, Paper for palette; 12”x 16” palette boxes are the perfect way to carry paint and reduce paint waste.
Brushes: flats (square cut) or Filberts (rounded top):
Three, brushes in different sizes, from small to one inch, to 1, and ½ inch wide, don’t buy the really expensive ones!, Ebony Splendor, Princeton, Robert Simmons, Master’s Touch are good. Hobby Lobby has large selection at, inexpensive prices
Canvas: stretched canvasses around 12″ x 16” to 16″ x 20″, for most projects. or canvas panels (same size range),
Oil paint medium, such as Liquin, walnut 0il (can be purchased in grocery store, cheapest is fine) or Galkyd, Odorless Turpenoid or Gamsol
Baby Wipes (for cleaning hands, not antiseptic type)
Apron or old shirt to protect clothes
Plastic sheet to protect your work surface.
Optional: tabletop or standing easel is desirable if you have one
Optional: Drop cloth if you have one to protect the floor and to reduce time cleaning up your work area
Optional: Oil cloth or plastic if you have one to cover table tops to reduce time cleaning up your work area

I will send a list to students by email a day or two before class starts or contact me at with questions.


Jennifer Polnaszek came to Texas from rural Wisconsin where she worked in the medical profession as both a physician assistant and a registered nurse. She studied art at the University of New Mexico and University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and has continued her studies at the Southwest School of Art and the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts.

Polnaszek works in oil, watercolor, graphite, and printmaking. Particularly drawn to the human form and in documenting the human experience through her work, she is influenced by both her love of biological science and anthropology.

In addition to participating in numerous exhibitions in the Austin-San Antonio area, Polnaszek has received awards for oil painting at the Southwest School of Art and at the Round Rock Arts Imagine and BIG exhibitions at Texas State University -Round Rock. She has received awards for watercolor at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, TWS, and Waterloo Watercolor Society. She has been featured in the publication SPLASH 15. She has shown work at the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Texas Watercolor Society, International Watermedia Exhibit – Houston, Texas State University-Round Rock and Waterloo Watercolor Group juried exhibitions, and at the Georgetown Arts Center.,



April 30
9:30 am UTC+0


Round Rock Arts


Downtowner Gallery
231 E Main Street Ste 160
Round Rock, TX 78664 United States
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