Michael Britton Workshops in Hong Kong

Don't miss out on this workshop!

OLD MASTER TECHNIQUES: PORTRAIT PAINTING WORKSHOP with International Master artist Michael Britton in Hong Kong

I have benefited from the portrait workshop I attended. I learnt a lot from you, especially what you said about art is the process of taking away and adding over and over. I also learnt that some of the shortcuts I saw online were bad methods. It was immensely helpful and an eye-opening experience. Thank you for being so patient and cheerful. Jary T., Singapore, 2018

The Spanish master Diego Velazquez' (1599-1660) portrait of his indentured servant Juan de Pareja has been the subject of copy and study for generations of artists. It had a particularly profound influence on the French Impressionist Edouard Manet.

If you are serious about learning how to paint portraits it is highly recommended that you study this magnificent painting.

In my upcoming 3-day workshop at Studio 83 in Central Hong Kong I will teach you the entire process of Velazquez' portrait painting technique. You will be painting the portrait life-size.

My Hong Kong workshop will be very small (unlike my Singapore and Paris workshops which are usually sold out). This is your unique opportunity to get semi-private world-class training.

    Velazquez portrait of Juan de Pareja workshop - imprimatura

You will be working on a 30x40cm prepared panel (gessoed and toned with the Imprimatura) that will have the portrait drawing already inscribed on it so that you can focus wholly on the painting process. All of your materials for the workshop are supplied.

You will be painting with professional grade oils ... a very real rarity for students anywhere. There is a huge difference between professional and student grade (which are colored dyes that mimic the hues) paint.

If you have never painted with professional grade pigment then you are in for a real treat!

In this three-day intensive workshop you will learn:

    Velazquez portrait of Juan de Pareja workshop - underpainting
    Underpainting of Juan de Pareja by Michael Britton

DAY 1: Underpainting:

This is the critical first step wherein the three components of good painting must be established simultaneously: the Notan (dark/light pattern), the composition, and modeled form;

In this segment you will learn how to prepare the oil paint for underpainting, how to hold and draw with the brush and, how to apply and layer the paint so that it corresponds harmoniously with the panel's streaked tone;

Beginning with the dark tones you will learn how to both scrumble-in and glaze;

Once the dark tones are set you will be introduced to Underpainting White, a thick, opaque paint, and how to model the facial features to establish an Optical Grisaille;

The underpainting will be allowed to dry for a full day until the next class on Wednesday. We will be using a quick-drying medium that is available only in Paris.

    Velazquez portrait of Juan de Pareja workshop - dead coloring
    The 'dead coloring-in' of Juan de Pareja by Michael Britton

DAY 2: Abbozzo and Glazing:

The initial 'dead' coloring-in establishes the general color scheme.

You will learn how to mix realistic flesh tones ranging from dark to light/cool to warm using a palette of six colors from which any hue can be achieved.

Learning to paint with a limited palette is the surest way to master color mixing.

The figure/ground (portrait/background) relationship is given full consideration here. Unity is the primary concern. In any painting the whole must be significantly greater than the sum of its parts;

In this second day of the workshop you will learn how to glaze color using both brush and rubbing-in;

Not all colors are suitable for glazing. You will learn which colors can be used and which ones are best for scrumbling;

    Velazquez portrait of Juan de Pareja workshop
    Copy of Juan de Pareja by Michael Britton

DAY 3: Overpainting:

Employing good painting practices fully engages oil paint's refractive beauty.

You will learn how to model and articulate form by 'knitting' (constructive) rather than blending (destructive) to achieve a unified portrait instead of a disparate array of facial features.

By 'fluting' color (delicate touches of complementary tones) large, lit areas such as the forehead will come to life rather than be dully flatten out.

The inherent beauty of oil paint's body will be capitalized upon; the general rule is that the darks be painted thinly and the lights thick. Using both the brush and palette knife you will learn how to effect an engaging patina (the abstract structural surface).


I enjoyed your class so much that I had a high the following day and rushed to my brushes and palette!

Ken Lim

Michael is a great teacher and a talented artist as well!!! He encouraged me to go for my ideas and helped me realise it. It's a wonderful experience. I would definitely want to learn oil painting again with Michael:))))

Hong Kong

I had such a great time; I've never taken an art class before but Michael was very patient and helpful, and catered to every skill level. We started out the morning with a demonstration and then got started. Before I knew it, it was time for lunch!

All in all, I learned a lot, met some lovely people, and had such an enjoyable day - I'd definitely recommend this class and am already thinking about when I can book it again.

London, UK

Michael Britton's workshops are highly structured to maximise your learning and skill development. You will be guided step-by-step with both clear demonstrations and individual attention in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Michael takes you step-by-step through the entire creative process encapsulating the fundamental truths of painting: drawing, design, value, color, edges, paint manipulation, contrast and, above all, unity.

Old Master's Technique - Portrait Painting Workshop is open to both the serious beginner to advanced. It will be held at Studio 83, a spacious and light-filled studio at Room A, 13/F, Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham St. Central Hong Kong.

The workshop dates are:

Monday, 4 March 2019
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Thursday, 7 March 2019

Each workshop day begins at 11:00 and continues to 18:00 with a one-hour lunch break at 14:00.

Class size is limited to seven students and is taught in English. The workshop fee includes professional quality materials (paints, palette, brushes, mediums, panel, etc.).

Don't miss out! Workshops of this calibre are rarely offered in Hong Kong.

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Portrait painting art class in Hong Kong

Studio 83, Central Hong Kong
Room A, 13/F, Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham St.
Monday, 4 March, Wednesday/Thursday, 6 & 7 March 2019
11:00 to 18:00

Workshop fee: HK$5,647. A HK$1,400 deposit reserves your spot.
PayPal also accepts Credit and Debit Cards. If you prefer another method (i.e., bank transfer) please write michael-britton-workshops@artacademy.com

Michael Britton Workshops in Hong Kong art class

Michael Britton is a New York City trained artist (New York Academy of Art) who has taught several thousand artists (some of whom have gone on to full-time art careers as painters and teachers) in his several decades long career. He was the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Academy of Art, Canada for six years and has also taught drawing for Walt Disney Studios, amongst numerous other appointments throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is also the author of several art-training videos such as the perennially popular Mastering Portrait Drawing.

If you have any questions regarding the workshops please feel free to contact me at michael-britton-workshops@artacademy.com