Project Description

Portrait Painting in Oils with Abner Cope

This class is designed to help artists enhance their skills in painting portraits. All skill levels, from beginning to advanced, are welcomed. While painting from the live model, artists will employ various techniques for developing accurate proportions, and the proper placement of the model on the canvas. Participants will receive instructions on starting the portrait with a solid structural drawing done in monochromatic lines and tones on a stained canvas.

Color, and how to observe color on the model, will be emphasized. We will utilize a system using a limited palette, that develops the portrait from: the darks in the model; to the middle values; and then to the lights and highlights in the model.

Instruction will be based on demonstrations, discussions, and individual critiques.


  • Days/Dates –
    Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, 2023

  • Times
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Lunch break 1 p.m – 2 p.m. each day

  • Length
    2 Days / 7 Hours each day
  • Tuition
    OCAF Members: $130.00
    Non-Members: $180.00
  • Model Fee – $25.00 (covers live model for both days)
  • Level 
    All; Beginning to Advanced
  • Location –
    Lower Classroom,
    School Street Studios Building, OCAF Art Center
    34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677

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    ABNER A. COPEInstructor
    Abner Cope’s professional academic experiences include thirty years of teaching drawing, and painting, in the art department at Central State University, in Wilberforce, Ohio. Within that span of time, he also taught drawing, and painting in the art departments of; Clarke State Community College, in Springfield, Ohio, Sinclair Community College, and the University of Dayton, both in Dayton, Ohio. Abner Cope has taught numerous portrait painting classes at Riverbend Art Center, and Dayton Art Institute, both in Dayton, Ohio. Abner has taught several portrait painting workshops, and classes at various venues in Ohio, and in northeast Georgia. Abner Cope has received numerous awards for his drawings, and paintings of the figure, at various venues, including; the Museum of Sciences and Industry, in Chicago, Illinois, the African American Visual Artists Guild, in Dayton, Ohio, the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, in Dayton, Ohio, the Greater Toledo Arts Commission, in Toledo, Ohio, Clarke State Community College, in Springfield, Ohio, the Actor’s Theater Guild, in Louisville, Kentucky, the Portrait Society of Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, in Watkinsville, Georgia.

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