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Jennifer Gennari Portrait Painting Class (Spring 2024)

Session Begins June 2nd 2024

10 Classes

Live and recorded




Student reference

Class forum

Join artist Jennifer Gennari for a 10-week workshop in portrait painting. Each week Jennifer will post a new 1-hour video just for the workshop followed by written critiques on each student’s work

This workshop covers everything from basic human anatomy of the head and face, drawing your portrait and transferring it to the canvas, color mixing and value control, edge control, and finishing details. All classrooms have reference libraries including videos on Jennifer’s palette, paint, and brushes. We can’t wait to see you inside!

Upon signing up students will be able to access two videos covering Jen’s colors and brushes. 

New video release dates are June 2nd (live class), 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th (live class), and (skip July 7th) 14th, 21st, and 28th, August 4th and 11th (live class) 2:00 pm ET. Homework is due in the class forum by midnight Thursday, and students should expect a written critique by midnight Friday. Each student will get a written review each week.

Jennifer Gennari is a classically trained artist. She graduated in 2005 from Ringling College of Art and Design and in 2008 left for Italy to study at the Florence Academy of Art where she spent three years abroad studying classical realism under Daniel Graves.

Jennifer has been painting animals since 2014 and is driven by a deeply rooted passion to elevate and legitimize the life we have with them. Jennifer is one of the first contemporary artists to focus entirely on animal painting, and the first to spotlight the Alla Prima method centered on capturing animals with the life, drama, and integrity of a traditional human portrait. There is a breath of individual emotion and personality inside each portrait as if their soul was captured within the paint. Her work is the definition of Labor of Love.

Jennifer has also written a book on drawing the human figure, has hosted an online class through Craftsy that instructs beginners on the techniques used in creating a traditional portrait in charcoal, and is presently teaching an ever growing class on animal portraiture through Drawing America.  

Jennifer’s work has been used in television shows and movies, and has received multiple awards and honors.

Painting Surface: Ampresand Gesso Panels to paint on but you can use anything you wish.

Oil Paints: Ivory black (Michael Harding)English red (Old Holland), vermilion (Zecchi), alizarin crimson (Michael Harding)Cobalt blue (Michael Harding), viridian (Vasari), emerald green (Michael Harding), yellow ochre (Vasari), Naples yellow (Vasari), lead white (Rublev)

Mediums and Solvents: Students should have a jar and odorless mineral spirits and a bottle of linseed oil. 

Brushes: Please watch classroom video upon sign up.

Other: A pallet knife and paper towels.

About the Instructor

Jennifer Gennari

“I’m honored to be assisting you all in your work and overwhelmed by your dedication.”

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