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Expressive Portrait Painting in Acrylic or Oils with Mark Fennell

Artist: Mark Fennell
Medium: Acrylic or Oils
Price: £10 – £70
Date/Time: Monday, October 11th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Materials List: Download Here
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This is a great painting course for beginners or intermediate levels, if you are looking to try a portrait for the first time or improve your portrait painting skills. 

Mark will demonstrate and guide you through his well structured approach to painting a portrait. Breaking it down into easy to follow steps that will cover everything from the colour palette and mixing flesh tones to working tonally, initially blocking in shape and form to construct the head through to the finer details to create a good likeness.

Over the the day you will be working from good quality reference photographs that will be supplied or alternatively you can bring your own references to paint from but they will need to be very good quality A4 images.


Mark Fennell is a professional portrait painter who works to commission from his home studio in the hill top village of Brill in Buckinghamshire. He works predominantly in oils, notable sitters include Antony Worrall Thompson, John Hood, Lord Mayor of Birmingham and singer – songwriter John Otway. His work has been selected for exhibition with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall galleries London. Mark was elected member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2007. He is also a member of Buckinghamshire Art Society and Oxford art society. As well as portraiture, Mark also enjoys the challenge of painting outdoors, working at speed to capture the fleeting effects of light over landscape.

Awarded The Winsor and Newton painting prize for his self portrait – The diagnosis at The Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition 2020.

Selected for The Artist and leisure painter competition, Patchings festival open art exhibition, 2014 and 2018.

Awarded The Artists and Illustrators Artist of the year West Design prize, peoples choice award 2012 for his portrait of 2nd world war veteran Len Nixey.

Self portrait shortlisted out of nearly 10,000 entries for the Daily Mail ‘Not the Turner Prize’ and exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London in 2005.

Featured on ITV’s ‘A Brush With Fame’ in 2005, portrait of Antony Worrall Thompson was chosen as his favourite.


“We enjoyed your clear and informative teaching style; this, together with your enthusiastic approach throughout the session kept us enthralled from start to finish.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Portrait painting day, despite being new to oils. You are an excellent, patient tutor and I am in awe of your talent. You explained the process very thoroughly and backed up every process with a fantastic demonstration.”


Some experience of oil painting is beneficial but not essential.

Materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the workshop.

PAINT SHARE AVAILABLE!  No need to splash out on a new range of paints if you are new to oils – just select the ‘paint share’ option when you book and we can provide them for this workshop.

Workshops take place at The Art Shop, located in the centre of Truro, TR1 2SJ. Click here to read all the details and see photos before booking.


Monday, October 11th
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
£10 – £70
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Truro Arts Company
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Truro, Corrnwall TR1 2SJ United Kingdom
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Expressive Portrait Painting in Acrylic or Oils with Mark Fennell - 11/10/21
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Workshop Lunch - 11/10/21
Homemade vegetarian quiche and fresh mixed salad, with a choice of bottled apple juice or elderflower presse. (Contains gluten, milk and cheese.)
£ 10.00
Paint Share - 11/10/21
Use our paints for the duration of the workshop. (Students are still required to provide all other materials.)
£ 10.00

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