Portrait painting from life in Oils

Portrait Painting from Life in Oil // A 4 x Session Course with Artist Nina Ruminska

Tuesdays (March 22 + 29) & Thursdays (March 24 + 31) // 18:30 - 21:30


This 12-hour course will guide participants through the fundamentals of portrait painting, a key skill in any artist's development. We will cover;

  • preparing the initial sketch,

  • creating a colour study

  • composing the image on a bigger format

  • establishing large colour masses

  • building up the form and finally,

  • developing features of the face and adding final touches.


The course will focus on how to understand and simplify the form, navigate through the planes of the head and observe how colour and value changes as the light travels across the subject.


Inspired by the method taught by the Russian Academy in Florence, and taught by Dublin-based, classically trained artist Nina Ruminska. Suitable for all levels. Teaching will be tailored to participant’s individual needs.




Tuesdays (March 22 + 29) & Thursdays (March 24 + 31) // 18:30 - 21:30

* A deposit of €100 through Eventbrite secures your place, with the balance due on day 1

** Some materials supplied, though a list of materials will be sent to participants prior to the course.


These classes will take place in our new building at 25-27 Bow Lane West, Dublin 8. The classroom is spacious with good ventilation, & all COVID safety protocols must be adhered to throughout the class. Each participant must wear a mask throughout, and all work stations will be spaced apart. Each participant must sign a contact tracing form on arrival.


Enquiries/booking, please e-mail: info@skillsets.ie