Head Painting
Head Painting
Vilppu Academy

Head Painting

Regular price $900.00 $0.00

Starting May 8, 2023

Prerequisite: Head Drawing  (either online or in-person)

This class will focus on the planes and construction of the head, features and expressions using a limited palette. Beginning with small monochrome head studies focusing on the planes and construction of the head and features then progressing to head studies in color.


  • Sketchbook or paper and pencils for notes and sketches
  • Canvas
    • Cardboard backing from sketchbooks coated with clear acrylic cut to 8 x 10 inches QTY 6
    • or Canvas or Linen Panels or stretched canvas 8x10 inches (does not have to be this exact size) QTY 6
  • Brushes: filbert and round
    • The brushes can be other brands, but these are the brushes and sizes Glenn will use:
      • Winton #8 bristle brush filbert
      • Sareja #5 synthetic bristle round
      • Blick #8 synthetic bristle round
      • #2 synthetic bristle round
  • Palette (paper palette works well)
  • Oil paint
    • Any brand oil paint is okay
    • M Graham Walnut Oil based
      • This is Glenn's favorite and the paint he will use.
    • Water Soluble Oils are also good to use (Any brand is okay. Windsor Newton Artisan is a brand Glenn has used and liked.)
    • Colors
      • Raw Umber
      • Titanium White
      • Alizarin Crimson
      • Cadmium Yellow Light
      • Ultramarine Blue.
  • Medium for the brand of paint you are using
  • Non solvent brush cleaner 
  • Jars or media cups for medium and brush cleaner
  • paper towels or rags

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews

I love this course because I got introduced to different methods and the process of painting as well as its relationship with drawing. The 'building up' / glazing method taught in the course gave me the experience of being both a painter and a sculptor which is amazing. I think Glenn's approach to painting (with glazing and not too constrained by the 'outlines') is very freeing and helps me realise that painting is not about making precise matching harmonious colour blocks. I used to think head structure and painting are complicated and get intimidated by them but now I actually think that head painting is the easiest kind of drawing/painting for me. This is a very nice course.

Lois Freeman-Fox
Head Painting

This was a great class--Glenn took us through a series of studies, with demos of each phase of the class. At times we would be working on one or more paintings at a time, Glenn gave us detailed critiques each week. Glenn works much differently than I usually do but I found the class really useful and inspiring. I recommend it highly.

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