October | 2 day | Portrait Painting Workshop |Rob Zeller


October | 2 day | Portrait Painting Workshop |Rob Zeller


October 22nd & 23rd

10 am - 4pm

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Students will learn how to paint a portrait from the live model, in a studio setting.
First, the basic volumes and planes of the head will be considered and discussed, and then more detailed surface form. Students will work on a portrait, moving through 3 steps.  Block-in the major planes in pencil, charcoal or directly, in oils.

Students will then work on dividing light from shadow, with an emphasis on the making sure the “down” planes are in shadow and the “up” planes in the light.

We will then model the major forms first, and then move on to the smaller sub-forms, setting up a hierarchy of value and color, and finally nuanced form and details.


A list of materials will be provided upon registration.

About Rob


We are delighted to welcome Robert Zeller to Ireland.   In January 2009, he founded the Teaching Studios of Art on long Island, New York, an art school devoted to teaching traditional techniques to artists of all ages and skill levels.   Rob is an artist and writer, he received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.  In addition, he continued his study of classical form with private anatomical study with the sculptor Sabin Howard, and also at the Water Street Atelier.    He is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships in 1998 and 2000, respectively, and won a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007. Zeller has exhibited his artwork in Los Angeles, Houston, and Paris.  He has written a book about the Figure for Monacelli Press, called The Figurative Artist's Handbook which was released in April 2017.   His latest  was the co-curator of The New Baroque, an exhibition at Booth Gallery in NYC from November 2017- January 2018. The show was based on The Figurative Artist's Handbook  and featured 21 of the artists included in the book and a couple of others,  encompassing contemporary figure painting as well as sculpture.