Painting Portraits of Children in Oils or Acrylics



Painting portraits of children is always challenging. The proportions of the face change as they grow. Getting this right is paramount to achieving a good likeness in the right age range.

Painting portraits from photographs is very different from painting from life. It can be very easy to get caught up with the fine details and lose the life in the portrait.

Course suits: Those with experience of oil or acrylic paints with an interest in learning or improving on technique.

Objectives: To gain the skill and perspective to produce a child's portrait with confidence in a new and individual way.

Level: Some experience with paints - advanced beginner onwards.

Course description:

During this workshop we will explore the different proportions in a child’s face and tackle the problems faced with making a 2 dimensional photograph into a 3 dimensional portrait.
We will look at some master painters of children examining their use of composition and techniques.
We will endeavour to fire up the students creativity and develop their individual style, to produce a lively study. Thus arming them with the tools to make exciting portraits going forward.

This course uses photographic references. We can provide an image or you can bring your own.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All refreshments and lunch with wine included.


Sue Ecclestone at Lilac Cottage Studio


Lilac Cottage
Garden House Lane
Rickinghall, Diss
IP22 1EA

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Wheelchair users


6½ hours (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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