Learn to paint the portrait in the classical manner from a live model. Each day instructor Jonathan Aller will start the lessons with a live demo and work individually with each student to explain in depth of the classical method.

Instructor Jonathan Aller attended the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy where he was taught the classical method of drawing and painting. Jonathan Aller received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ringling College of Art and Design and is in currently pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

When: April 7, 8, & 9

April 7, 12pm - 5pm

April 8, 10am - 4pm

April 9, 10am -4pm

Where: Nicollet Island Studio

20 Grove St. #72

Minneapolis, MN 55401



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Easels will be provided, although if you are wanting to bring your own compatible easel you are welcomed to do so. The following materials will not be provided, please purchase these materials prior to the workshop.

Brushes - I mainly like using Winsor & Newton Filberts. Sizes ranging from 2, 4, 8, 12. At times I use small round brushes that can be used for watercolors as well, there's not a specific brand I buy as long as the brush is not to flimsy and has some strength. They're great for fine details. At times use them but I try to get the most out of filberts. 

Palette - I have a couple palette's, the one I have used the most in the past is a traditional wooden palette. If you get a traditional wooden palette its best to treat the wood with linseed oil as often as you can. Doing so makes the surface of the palette smooth, and also creates a film which prevents the oils being absorbed by the wood. The other option to use as a palette is purchasing then get a glass cut to fit inside the palette area. Make sure prior to laying down the glass to get a grey film to lay on the bottom of the palette. This makes mixing colors on your palette much easier. I prefer this method more now do to the easiness of cleaning up after painting. All you need is a palette knife and a razor to clean up. With a wooden palette you are needing mineral spirits or solvents to clean after every session.

Canvas - There are no size restrictions for this portrait painting. I will paint on a 9 x 12 in linen panel.  I recommend either linen or canvas. I would usually recommend masonite panels but if you are not familiar gessoing and prepping them then steer away from it for now.

Colors - There are many brands to choose from, I recommend to buy the best you can afford and try shying away from student grade materials. I personally like to use Old Holland, Winsor & Newton, Gamblin, and Rublev paints. These are the colors I use titanium white, ivory black, raw umber, yellow ochre, cobalt blue, cadmium orange, cadmium yellow, napthol scarlet, green umber, veridian, cadmium red, burnt umber. (We may not use all these colors but I think its great to have them at your disposal.)

Mediums - M.Graham Walnut Alkyd Medium, Winsor & Newton Liquin Original

Cleaning Supplies - Mineral Spirits from Gamsol, Safflower Oil (you can buy at a grocery store). Also  And also

*Go to Dick Blick in Edina and mention my workshop and you will receive a %10 discount off of your purchase*

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