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Expressive Portrait Painting in Oils or Acrylics – Two day workshop with Mark Fennell

Artist: Mark Fennell
Medium: Oil or Acrylic
Price: £10 – £140
Start Date/Time: Tuesday, April 20th - 10:00 am
End Date/Time: Wednesday, April 21st - 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 two days you will have the chance to work from a life model as well as working from good quality reference photographs. 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 at the Mall galleries London on a number of occasions. Mark was elected member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2007. He is also a member of Oxford art society Buckinghamshire 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.

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 and also shortlisted for A&I artist of the year in 2019. 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. I particularly liked the fact that you were prepared to help me when I was floundering and to demonstrate how to correct or achieve a better result. That for me was priceless! The day went so quickly, how time passes when you are enjoying yourself. Thank you once again for a very informative and constructive day.”


All abilities very welcome.

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

Workshops take place at The Coach House, located just 10 minutes outside of Truro Centre. Click here to read all the details and see photos before booking.


Tuesday, April 20th - 10:00 am
Wednesday, April 21st - 4:00 pm
£10 – £140
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Expressive Portrait Painting in Oils or Acrylics - Two day workshop with Mark Fennell 2021
£ 140.00
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Coach House Lunch - 21/04/21
Homemade vegetarian quiche and fresh mixed salad, with a choice of bottled apple juice or elderflower presse. (Contains gluten, milk and cheese.)
£ 10.00

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