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Portrait Painting - NOW ONLINE Instructed Open Studio

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$40 14 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Jan 23, 10:30am - 1:00pm Pacific Time

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 12 and older
Average Class Size: 8
Teacher: Brian Busch

What you'll learn in this drawing and painting class:


Learn to break down the portrait with emphasis on understanding of shape, value, and edges in order to render a three-dimensional likeness.

Paint from both portrait images photographed specifically for the Hippo Factory and a live model session at the end of each four-week workshop. A limited Zorn color palate will be taught.


  • Canvas 

Canvas, canvas boards or gessoed panels 16 x 20 

  • Paint 

Artist grade Oil colors are preferred, but student colors are acceptable 

-Titanium white 

-Cadmium Red or Cadmium Red Medium

-Yellow Ochre 

-Ivory Black 

  • Palette 

There are a variety of palettes out there, plastic, wood or disposable paper palettes are all acceptable 

  • Brushes 

-Hog hair bristles, Filbert shape, sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 (Hog hair Flats and Synthetic Nylon rounds are also nice to have) 

-Diamond-shaped palette knife 

  • Mediums 

Gamsol only please 

  • Miscellaneous 

Paper towel (Viva is my preferred brand) 

Students must bring their own supplies.

Zorn selfie, holding the palette attributed to him

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy

No refunds. Students must reach out 24 hours prior to class to reschedule.

Make-up Policy

Students pre-pay all classes by the month or individually. It is a commitment that is made by the student and Hippo Factory insures your easel space will be held for you. A 24 hour notice is needed when missing a class to earn a make- up class. Hippo Factory welcomes students to come to any other class while enrolled & if space is available to do the "make-up."

Make-ups are not owed to a student and have no monetary value, they are a courtesy extended by Hippo Factory. Please note you may only take a make-up class when you are enrolled for a least a month and may only be used within the dates you are enrolled. A make-up class is an opportunity to try a different class or teacher and may not be used in the class you are in or added on at the end of the session. Make-ups expire at the end of the year they were acquired in.

Start Dates (2)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
10:30am - 1:00pm Pacific Time Brian Busch 1 $40
10:30am - 1:00pm Pacific Time Brian Busch 1 $40

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Reviews of Classes at Hippo Factory (18)

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Portrait Painting - NOW ONLINE Instructed Open Studio
Reviewed by Tara L. on 6/27/2020
Portrait Painting - NOW ONLINE Instructed Open Studio
Reviewed by Ayako S. on 4/26/2020
It was great online art class. I didn't have any learning experience online. I was nervous before the class. But the instructor organized the class so well and gave advice each students. I almost felt like being in class room. I've learned some techniques I never done. I will continue to take this class!
Portrait Painting - NOW ONLINE Instructed Open Studio
Reviewed by Tessa S. on 12/20/2020
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Hippo Factory

Hippo Factory is an art, film and photography collective.

Hippo Factory is a place to learn from teachers and peers alike. A workspace to explore, experiment, exchange ideas and collaborate with other artists.

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