Michael Britton Workshops in Hong Kong

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

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.

As a young student pursuing my Masters Degree (MFA) in New York City I was afforded the very rare opportunity to study and copy the original painting which is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

There are few extant old master paintings that utilize the optical grisaille of underpainting with glazing (indirect painting) and alla prima (direct painting) so well.

In my upcoming 3-day workshop at the Visual Arts Centre, Dhoby Ghaut, Singapore, I will teach you the entire process of Velazquez' portrait painting technique. You will be painting the portrait life-size.

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.

Velazquez - Juan de Pareja - art class Singapore

In this three-day intensive workshop you will learn:

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    Underpainting Study of Rubens' Clara Serena by Michael Britton

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 the drawing;

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 until the next day of the class, a full week-end hence.

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 the Academic palette of nine colors from which any hue can be achieved.

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 your fingers (this is the traditional method of glazing. We will be using nontoxic medium with no turpentine);

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

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 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) that expresses your unique voice.


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 the Visual Arts Centre. On Friday, 22nd February, Monday, 25th February and Tuesday, 26th February from 10:00 to 4:30 each day.

Class size is limited to 10 and all of your materials are provided.


If you would like to get on the waiting list (there is always the possibility of someone not being able to attend) please write me at michael-britton-workshops@artacademy.com

Online Portrait Drawing Lessons - Verna

Portrait painting art class in Singapore


Visual Arts Centre
#01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Rd, Singapore
Friday, 22 February; Monday, 25 February and Tuesday 26 February from 10:00 to 16:30

Workshop fee: S$ 750. A S$150 deposit reserves your spot.
PayPal also accepts Credit and Debit Cards

En Plein Air Singapore Workshop

Painting En Plein Air

I am bringing my popular Paris workshop to Singapore.

En plein air means in the open air. In this one-day workshop you will learn how to paint on location.

Working on a small panel (ideal for travel) learn how to quickly capture a locale in oil. The charm of en plein air paintings are their freshness.

This workshop is limited to only four participants. All of your materials are included (oil paint, brushes, panel, apron, easel, etc.) plus a carrying folder so that you can safely transport your painting home.

Location to be announced.


Painting En Plein Air in Oil
Saturday, 23 February 2019
10:00 to 14:00

If you would like to get on the waiting list (there is always the possibility of someone not being able to attend) please write me at michael-britton-workshops@artacademy.com

Workshop fee: S$137. A S$50 deposit reserves your spot.
PayPal also accepts Credit and Debit Cards

Testimonial Kuala Lumpur


The pace of your step by step teaching was not too fast nor too slow. Also, the style of teaching and class was friendly.

I also like the relevant history you added from time to time along the workshop. It helps me understand the context more.

Your tips or guidance on how to paint professionally are very useful e.g not to copy but paint in our own language, comparing painting with piano playing makes me understand better about rhythm of painting, etc.

Orawan C., Bangkok

I always wanted to try painting but never got around to it until I signed up for this class. Now I'm hooked. Michael is both a very talented artist and teacher. He was patient and encouraging. Thank you, Michael.

Juthathip, Bangkok

Testimonial - Bangkok


I have really grown with Michael's workshops - he demonstrates and walks his way through all the necessary skills and competencies with great patience & dedication. I have become more confident in front of the easel. Suitable for beginners & experienced alike.

Chin Han, Kuala Lumpur

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