Classical Art Atelier

Classical Portrait Painting

3-Day Weekend Workshop in Classical Painting with Brian Smyth

This intensive workshop by Brian Smyth, artist and tutor at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, introduces you to portrait painting practices in oils, and demonstrates some of the principles and techniques currently being taught at the realist painting academies in Florence and elsewhere. This workshop will focus painting from life, using two models throughout the workshop.

This workshop will be held at The Complex, Smithfield, Dublin (05-07 May Bank Holiday Weekend), Classical Art Atelier, Waterford (11-13 May), and No.46 Grand Parade (18-20 May). Please see venues, dates and full details below.


This intensive workshop starts with learning the principles of academic oil painting.

  • Basic materials included*
  • Detailed handouts
  • Practical exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Refreshments provided
  • Lunch available

*Students will be provided with a list of materials to bring.


Brian will demonstrate each of the key steps in the painting process
and will individually assist each student as they progress.

All Prima Portrait Step-by-Step by Brian Smyth © 2018

Day One

The first day will be devoted to shorter exercises, mainly in monochrome, which will serve to strengthen the student's understanding of the proportion and construction of the portrait.

Days Two & Three

The two subsequent days are spent working with the models, where the students will learn about drawing with the brush, the creation of volumes, the use of a set palette, and the mixing of flesh tones for full-colour painting.

Notes & Handouts

Students will receive various handouts that explain the correct methods of using oil paint. These hand-outs will lay out the various grounds, materials and mediums used in oil painting and also describe the various layers used in classic underpainting-overpainting techniques, that will be covered in this workshop.

Workshop Details

See the dates and details for each venue below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Cost
1 The Complex
Smithfield, Dublin 7
3 Days Saturday, Sunday & Monday 10.00am - 5.00pm 05-07 May € 300
2 Classical Art Atelier
Dunhill, Waterford
3 Days Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm 11-13 May € 300
3 No.46 Grand Parade, Cork
(C.I.T. Arts in Health & Education Centre
3 Days Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm 18-20 May € 300

NOTE: Please contact us if you need help or advice booking accommodation.

About Brian Smyth

Artist / Tutor

Brian Smyth is an award-winning graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design. He has had several succesful solo exhibitions in Dublin and London and has participated in and curated many group exhibitions. He has completed many private commissions, including a 14-painting Stations of the Cross commission for a church restoration project in his native Co. Cork.

Brian has his works in many private and public collections and continues to develop his technique, to exhibit his paintings and to work on portrait commissions.

Brian began his studies in The Angel Academy, in Florence, in 2012 and has worked there as an instructor since 2013. Visit to see his work.

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