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with Kerry Dunn
Online Class

The Classic Self-Portrait

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Delve into the relationships between shapes, objects and hues that you see in the mirror without struggling to recreate the scene in front of you with each new session. First you'll make a value exercise depicting layers of light and shadows surrounding a ball before advancing to a self-portrait consisting of oil paints in a double primary palette (a warm and cool version of each primary, plus white). Along the way you'll learn to how to seamlessly blend wet and dry paint and incorporate valuable details that bring your portrait to life.


  • intermediate
  • 10 episodes
  • 3h35m

Included in this Class

1. Setting Up

1. Setting Up

Meet Kerry Dunn and learn how to set up your tools and studio for a comfortable and efficient work station.

2. Underpainting in Grisaille

2. Underpainting in Grisaille

Develop an underpainting with Kerry's expert tips as you learn to establish lines, angles, shapes and major shadows.

3. Light on the Ball Exercise

3. Light on the Ball Exercise

Explore varying layers of light and shadow in an elegantly simple exercise that you'll apply to all of your future paintings.

Recommended with this class

  • Oil paints, brushes, canvas or board