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Workshop: ‘Master the technique of portrait painting step by step’

John Wentz

In this workshop, I'll discuss and demonstrate my intention and process in creating a finished portrait in one sitting. Starting with what I look for in a model and a photo reference, I'll discuss composition and placement of the head-including various methods and intentions, how process and intent can guide your painting and exploring exaggeration in color and value as methods of expression. Finally, I'll demonstrate textures and layering as effects to enhance what I refer to as “impact & payoff

For beginner and the experienced.
This workshop will be taught in English, with a max. of 15 participants.
Coffee / tea / water included.

After the lesson the work must be taken home, take in consideration the work is still wet because you paint with oil paint!





Sat May 30


LAK Course Center

Oil paint, brush cleaner, painting medium, rags, turpenoid jar and palette are included.

To bring:
-Canvas of own choice
-Flat and round brushes in various sizes
-Palette knife
-Want to use a specific paint brand? Please bring it yourself.



JOHN WENTZ is a contemporary painter whose work is an exploration of process and technique. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it’s core fundamentals: composition, color, and mark making. Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.

 John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards.


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