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Workshop Portrait Painting Burgundy France

2017 Table-Tableau, Burgundy.

Table-Tableau Portrait Painting masterclass

In the 5 day course I will teach how to paint a portrait. Explaining my method and showing the mixing of the flesh tones. I will also discuss the importance of  the knowledge of  human anatomy,  composition, sketching and photography, preparing the canvas and the palette. The spoken language will be Dutch and/or English, German, Spanish.

For 2017 we decided to do three weeks of workshops. This is due to the ever increasing interest and the limited number of students.

First week: June 19- June 23

Second week: June 26-June 30

Third week: July 03- July 07

Some experience in portrait painting is required.

Prices, entry and more information: http://workshopsinfrance.org/portrait-painting/

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What to bring?

For the students of the summer courses 2017: Here is the list of materials. But do feel free to bring the materials that you normally use!

Photographs

We can provide photo-material for 3 portraits, although experience has shown us  that most people prefer to use their own. The photographs must satisfy a number of requirements: it is advisable to use simple lighting. For example, indoors, the subject should be positioned diagonally opposite to a window. Using artificial light it is important that the tone of the photo is not too yellow or too purple and not too pale. Preferably no “flash snaps”.

The prints must have the format in which it is going to be painted, at least A4 size. Very important: the print must be of good quality. If the size is a problem, then it is a good idea to get a black and white enlargement from the copy-shop. In the course we will use the tracing method to transfer the drawing on the canvas. Please look carefully at the first part of this video.
https://youtu.be/NfTSHecqjOk
Acrylic paint:

  • raw siena

Oil paint:

colours

  • ivory black
  • ultramarine blue (light or dark)
  • cerulean blue
  • viridian green
  • permanent yellowish green light
  • chromium oxide green
  • alizarin crimson or permanent madder
  • burnt umber
  • burnt sienna
  • cadmium orange
  • terra rosa ( Winsor & Newton)
  • cadmium red light
  • cadmium red deep
  • yellow ochre
  • raw sienna
  • cadmium yellow light
  • titanium white

Medium:

  • Standard painting medium.

Brushes

  • Polyester fibres, Filbert or Cat’s tongue no´s. 8, 10, 12. (Kunststof kattetong )
  • Polyester fibres, Round, pointed no´s. 6  (for the highlights) (Kunststof rond)
  • Bristle, Filbert or Cat’s tongue no´s. 6, 10, 12, 16, 20. (Varkenshaar kattetong))

Canvas

4 x stretched linen canvas or canvas board. 30 x 40 cm approximately. (good quality!)  Please apply at home three extra layers of gesso, although the manufacturer says that the canvas has already been primed!

See here how I prepare the canvas myself.

  • At least 5 sheets of transparant paper A3 or 10 sheets  A4
  • White spirit to rinse the brushes.
  • A roll of kitchen paper.
  • Charcoal
  • 1 Normal pencil HB or 2B
  • 1 red colour pencil. No watercolour pencil!
  • Palette knife

Comment Section

49 thoughts on “Workshop Portrait Painting Burgundy France


By Renate Donker on 14 June 2016

Ik heb er heeeel veeel zin in in de workshop over kleine 2 week 😀


By William Dickinson on 27 June 2015

Thank you, Ben, for sharing your talent. You are a superb artist. I signed up for a workshop next year (I believe I am on a waiting list) and look forward to attending. One question: how do we bring back our paintings when they are still wet?

Regards,

Bill Dickinson


By William Dickinson on 27 June 2015

Thank you, Ben, for sharing your talent. You are a superb artist. I signed up for a workshop next year (I believe I am on a waiting list) and look forward to attending. One question: how do we bring back our paintings when they are still wet?

Regards,

Bill Dickinson


By ben on 27 June 2015

Hi Bill. We usually make four portraits and at the last day we fix two and two canvases facing each other. People can travel easy that way. No problem.


By William Dickinson on 27 June 2015

I see. Makes sense, and thanks for the fast reply. I am currently trying your techniques with acrylic, but I must say, that because they dry so fast (even with a retarding gel), it’s challenging. I’ve also noticed that instead of starting with the darker tones, I do the opposite, but I think your way is superior; adapting to this method is taking me some time. Like you said in another post, the intermediate results may look awful, but after awhile you begin to realize it gets better as you push forward. Again, thank you for your gift.

Regards,

Bill Dickinson


By Helga Parker on 25 July 2014

“Ben is a great, accomplished and experienced Portrait painter and teacher. In his workshops he gently guides you to take control first
of your painting to build the foundation of likeness and then helps you along to be free and playful in your final brushstrokes.
He encourages you to develop your own style in a creative way and would recommend him in a heartbeat to
paint your portrait or to teach you how to paint a portrait”.
Helga Parker, AZ (workshop attendee in Mougny, France 2014)


By ben on 25 July 2014

Thank you Helga for your kind words. For me it is an honour that people undertake an inconvenience trip all the way from Arizona to attend my workshop in Burgundy, France.


By Gail Hooper on 8 November 2013

would like some information on upcoming courses in 2014…thank you in advance


By ben on 8 November 2013

Hi Gail. Please write to Mrs.Agnes van Gaalen: workshopsinfrance@gmail.com
She has all the information you need.
Kind regards.
Ben.


By ben on 10 October 2013

Hi Dianne. Thank you for your nice comment.You may send a copy to ben@lustenhouwer.com. I´ll see if I can make some comments.
Kind regards.

Ben


By Dianne Bauer on 9 October 2013

Dear Mr. Lustenhouwer,

I purchased your video on how to paint a portrait and found it to be of great value. If I may be so bold to ask for a moment of your time may I send a copy of the results for your critique.

I fell in love with portraiture after viewing a painting entitled “Sister Marie Theresa Alphonse”‘ in the Canadian National Art Gallery. Such warmth and joy shone through.

Your comments on this my first attempt would be greatly appreciated. This is also the first time I have worked in oils.

Regards
Dianne


By ben on 10 October 2013

Hi Dianne. Thank you for your nice comment.You may send a copy to ben@lustenhouwer.com. I´ll see if I can make some comments.
Kind regards.

Ben


By Irene Stauffer on 21 July 2013

Hola Ben, like Ana I’m also wondering “¿no hay posibilidad de talleres en España?”
I will be moving soon to Southern Spain and would love to attend a workshop there.
Un saludo, Irene


By ben on 22 July 2013

Hola Irene.
Me gustaría dar clases aquí en España. Pero con los talleres in Francia tengo suficiente. Hay mucho interes y puedo dar clases la mitad del año, pero no lo hago. Quiero tener tiempo de pintar mis retratos.
Un saludo.

Ben


By Michaela Braun on 17 July 2013

Hi Ben,
I enrolled with a another friend at your workshop in September. I already prepared 3 canvases (just 3 because my shop was out of stock when I bought them!) anyway you ask for 4 canvas and the list at the workhops in france asks for 5 canvas!
I am ok with 3 or do I really need 5 ?

I have a good experience with mixing skin tones but my weak side is sketching, do you have a trick how I can get the sketching done better or how to transfer a sketch to the canvas?
Thanks
Michaela


By ben on 17 July 2013

Hi Michaela. You need at least 4 canvasses. The first day we spend on getting the drawings on the canvas and the other four days we paint a portrait a day. I will show an easy way to get your drawing on the canvas.
Kind regards.
Ben


By Michaela Braun on 18 July 2013

Hi Ben,
thank you for your fast response. I am very excited about your workshop.

Kind regards
Michaela





By Wilma on 14 January 2013

Hallo Ben, ik zou graag de Dvd willen bestellen. Maar heb geen creditkaart. Alleen Maestro. Is het ook mogelijk om via Ideal te betalen?

groetjes,

Wilma


By ben on 14 January 2013

Hallo Wilma. Ik doe de verkoop niet zelf maar ik dacht dat een Maestro card ook goed was. Ideal is geloof ik alleen een Nederlandse optie, maar dat weet ik niet zeker. Ik zal even contact opnemen met Flickrocket die de verkoop doet.
Groet.
Ben


By Ana Corrales on 27 December 2012

Buenos días Ben
Me encantaría poder asistir a un taller tuyo pero vivo en Madrid y parece que sólo los imopartes en Francia, ¿donde puedo informarme de como llegar que no sea en coche? ¿es muy complicado? ¿no hay posibilidad de talleres en españa?
Gracias de antemano por tu trespuesta. Un saludo. Ana C.


By ben on 27 December 2012

Hola Ana.
En España no hay clases. Para más información mandas un correo a Da. Agnes van Gaalen de Table-Tablea: workshopsinfrance@gmail.com
Se puede ir en tren y en la estación mas cercana te recogerán.
Un saludo.
Ben


By marchel on 14 November 2012

wow, wat een ontdekking Ben, weinig goede portretisten in nederland die zo goed zijn als jouw , vooral qua stijl die je hanteert.
ik kwam een filmpje tegen op youtube en dus vandaar op je website, very interesting!!!
heb nu al interesse in een workshop van jou, ik check je hele site even, great!


By iseult on 4 October 2012

hi Ben,

i love your work, i’m from Montréal, Canada i want to know if one day you will think of coming to Montréal for a portrait painting workshops?

thanks


By ben on 5 October 2012

Hi.
I am afraid I will not come to Montreal for a workshop. People invite me to give workshops all over the world and as you understand that is impossible. Kind regards.
Ben


By Johan van Rens on 22 September 2012

Leuk dat we weer contact hebben. Succes met je trip. Tot gauw.
Johan


By Johan van Rens on 22 September 2012

Leuk dat we weer contact hebben. Succes met je trip. Tot gauw.
Johan


By Ina Baaijens on 15 June 2012

Dag Ben,

Ik kom dit jaar wederom naar de cursus in de tweede week. Zijn er dit jaar ook weer glazen paletten aanwezig net als vorig jaar? Of moet nu iedereen zelf een palet meenemen?

Tot spoedig,
Ina


By ben on 15 June 2012

Hallo Ina.
Ja de glazen paletten zijn aanwezig.Tot spoedig.
Ben


By Marian Jiménez Sánchez on 6 May 2012

Hi Ben!!
I see that not all students com from holland. I’m spanish. I will have some problem with the language of course?. I speak only english and french. Of course my mother language are spanish and catalán.
And another question. What is the name of this transparant paper A3? Is “acetato” ” celofán”? these name’s are in spanish. Can you put in your blog a picture of this paper, is possible?

Thanks.
See you


By ben on 6 May 2012

Hola Maria. No te preocupes con el idioma. Soy yo que voy a sufrir hablando tres o cuatro idiomas a la vez. Cualquier papel vegetal que puedes conseguir en las papelerías es bueno. Pero no el acetato o celofán. No tengo imágenes pero todas las tiendas lo tienen.
Un saludo
Ben


By Marian Jiménez Sánchez on 6 May 2012

Jajajaja . Muchas gracias. Sí pensándolo bien quien lo va a sufrir vas a ser tú. jajaja Te ayudaremos en todo lo que podamos ;). Es genial!!


By Hanneke Lambert on 22 April 2012

Hallo Ben

Kijk uit naar de cursus. Zou je me kunnen adviseren over de merken olieverf die er op de markt zijn? ( Scheveningen. Talens. Schmincke) zit er veel verschil in? met de diepte van de kleuren?

Alvast bedankt en to Juli..

Hanneke


By ben on 22 April 2012

Ik werk het meest met Talens en ben daar zeer tevreden mee.


By Johan on 20 April 2012

Hallo Ben, ik kom dit jaar naar de cursus in de laatste week van juni!

Ik had nog wel een vraagje hierover; is het de bedoeling dat je zelf foto’s meeneemt voor de portretten of heb jij goeie foto’s die we als cursisten kunnen en mogen gebruiken?

Alvast bedankt en tot juni!

groeten, Johan


By Johan on 20 April 2012

Hallo Ben, ik kom dit jaar naar de cursus in de laatste week van juni!

Ik had nog wel een vraagje hierover; is het de bedoeling dat je zelf foto’s meeneemt voor de portretten of heb jij goeie foto’s die we als cursisten kunnen en mogen gebruiken?

Alvast bedankt en tot juni!

groeten, Johan


By ben on 20 April 2012

Hallo Johan.
Ja men moet eigen foto’s meenemen. Er zijn ook enkele voorbeelden. Ik zal later nog duidelijk maken waaraan de foto’s zoal moeten voldoen.


By Renate on 14 June 2016

Hi Johan, dan zitten we in dezelfde groep.


By Gwen Peters on 20 April 2012

Hoihoi,
Dominique,
ik kom ook schilderen en rijd ook alleen die kant op vanuit Ermelo.( 1juli heen, 7 juli terug)
Misschien even n kop koffie in Amersfoort om kennis te maken en dan kunnen we misschien samen rijden?
vriendelijke groet Gwen Peters (www.gwenpeters.nl)


By Dominique godeke-coenen on 20 April 2012

Beste Ben, Inderdaad bijna ziver, en ik heb er veel zin in! Ik ga eerst nog een 3-daagse workshop portretschilderen bij Gover Muijs volgen, je krijgt alvast de hartelijke groeten van hem! Even een vraag; het is misschien handig om te carpoolen, is er iemand geinteresseerd, om samen te rijden? Ik woon in Amersfoort. Natuurlijk wil ik daar zelf moeite voordoen, maar heb geen adressen. Vriendelijk groet, Dominique


By ben on 20 April 2012

Hallo Dominique. Laat Agnes weten dat je de rit samen wilt maken. Zij weet alles van de cursisten en waar ze logeren enzo.
Tot spoedig. Ben


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