Online Class

Classic Children's Portraits in Oil

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Paint beautiful portraits of children that capture the vibrant spirit of youth!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Nanette Fluhr
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Gain the skills to bring your subject to life in an expressive, polished portrait! Award-winning portraitist Nanette Fluhr shows you how to paint children, starting with choosing a subject, pose and mood for your painting. Create an accurate line drawing of your subject with Nanette's expert, easy-to-follow tips on proportion. Then, translate your sketch into an imprimatura underpainting to establish underlying values and forms. Find out how to mix a range of realistic skin tones and beautiful hues as you apply vibrant color to your painting. Finally, refine your portrait with glazing and scumbling techniques and add lifelike details with personality-filled features and flowing hair.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Picking Your Subject
Meet your instructor, oil painter and fine art teacher Nanette Fluhr. Class begins with an overview of the techniques you'll develop over the next six lessons, followed by Nanette's expert guidance for working with your subject. Choose the composition, mood and expression you want to capture as you decide whether you'll work from a photo or from life.
2. The Color Note
3. The Line Drawing
4. The Underpainting
5. The Color Lay-In
6. Furthering the Painting
7. Finishing the Portrait

Recommended with this class

  • Oil paints, brushes, canvas or board

Taught by

Nanette Fluhr
Nanette Fluhr
Nanette Fluhr graduated from Rutgers and The School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied under master artist John Frederick Murray. Her work is held in private and public collections worldwide and has been featured in numerous exhibitions. Nanette has received a multitude of awards and honors including having three of her paintings selected to represent Contemporary American Realism in a six-city National Museum tour of China. She is currently a faculty member at the Art League of Long Island and the Teaching Studios of Art.

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