Arts @ 302

Arts @ 302

Arts @ 302 The Expressive Portrait with Chantel

The Expressive Portrait with Chantel


Arts @ 302

Arts @ 302 The Expressive Portrait with Chantel



Sun, Fri, Sat

Apr 28, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023


9:00am - 4:00pm CDT


302 S Main St Broken Arrow, OK 74012, Broken Arrow, OK 74012


Chantel L.


15 students

Class Experience

How do we create expressive portraits? It begins with understanding inspiration vs. reproduction. This three-day workshop is designed to change the way you view your reference, helping you to convey on the canvas emotionally impactful paintings.

Chantel will share tips and techniques learned from over twenty-five years of working in the acrylic medium. Her gentle teaching style will enrich the painting skills of beginners and advanced artists alike, as she demonstrates painting the portrait from reference photos without losing the energy and vitality of working from life.

 Specifically, students will learn about: essential materials and how to use them, what photographs make the best references for portrait painting, editing (what you leave out is just as important as what you keep in), color mixing tips, and how to recognize and use value patterns. Students will also learn the importance of edges when loosening up their painting. Chantel will discuss how these all work together in creating a strong composition. Students may bring their own photographs – please email to Chantel before workshop so that she can make sure they will give the best painting experience.  

Note: Chantel will work in acrylics. A limited number of oil painters are welcome!

Other Things To Know

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations up to two weeks before the workshop begins will be refunded entire workshop fee, less any registration fees. After that, students will need to find a replacement student for their spot.

What To Bring

  • Filbert natural white hog bristle brushes in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. I recommend and use Silver Brush Grand Prix Superior Bristle Brushes & Robert Simmons Signet Brushes, but other Filberts will do as long as they have a stiffer feel. Brush sizes are not standard among all manufacturers, so I recommend looking up Silver Brush Grand Prix Superior Bristle Brushes online using my above recommendation as guide in order to know what sizes I am using. For finishing details, I have recently begun using Silver’s Ruby Satin Dagger Striper in sizes 1/2” and 3/8” along with their Silver Silk 88 Long Liner in size 2  
  • Masterson’s Sta-Wet Red Premier Palette (12x16) with sponge & Masterson’s Palette Paper. This simply is a must. Without this system the paint will dry quickly and be difficult to work with.
  • Palette knife
  • Painting towel - thick white cotton for wiping excess paint on
  • Container to hold water for painting
  • Liquitex or Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paints (other brands are acceptable) - Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Viridian Hue, Transparent Burnt Umber, and N8 Neutral Grey (Golden Heavy Body). It is best to avoid the hues of Cad Yellow Light and Cad Orange but purchase the true color instead. N8 Neutral Grey is a very light grey used in place of white for mixing – this allows white to be saved and used to mix the lightest highlights. I only use one Open Acrylic on my palette – Transparent Red Iron Oxide by Golden – all other paints are Heavy Body Acrylic.
  • Four Canvas or painting panels - all sizes 16x20, and smaller, are acceptable (applying gesso to the surface is recommended if it is of a lesser quality. Sennelier makes a fabulous acrylic white gesso.)
  • Paper towels - blue shop towels are highly recommended
  • Free Standing Travel/Plein Air Easel
  • Six Reference photographs (hard copy or electronic). Hard copy can be a 5x7 or larger. Electronic can be on any device other than a smart phone since the image is too small to work from. Please email photos to Chantel before the workshop so that she can make sure they will give the best painting experience. Email:

Arts @ 302 Location


302 S Main St Broken Arrow, OK 74012, Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Meet your Instructor

Chantel L.

Chantel has been featured in solo art shows and juried exhibitions, including a solo show at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. Her award winning paintings are in private and public collections throughout the world. Her work is published in Acrylic Artist magazine, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, The Artist’s Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist Magazine and several books. Chantel resides in Bartlett, Tennessee where she creates and teaches workshops.