The Conceptual Self-Portrait (Lecture and Workshop)



In this three-day workshop, Dorielle will teach students how to paint a conceptual self-portrait using classical and contemporary oil painting techniques. After the portrait is rendered, she will guide and challenge students to add to, destroy, cover, and/or remove elements in the students' paintings to encourage a conceptual or psychological reveal in the portrait. This workshop will address the formal elements of representational painting (form, blocking, value, color matching, edges, proportions, and composition), but will also encourage students to cross over into the world of conceptual art using representational portraiture as a springboard.

This workshop includes a lecture, a demo, and one-on-one guidance. All levels welcome! (must be 18 and up)


Workshop Structure:

Friday: Meet and Greet, Lecture, and Live Demo, 3:00- 6:00 pm

Saturday: Part 1: Representational Painting Workshop, 9:00-4:00

Sunday: Part 2: Conceptual Elements Workshop, 9:00-4:00



Friday, Dec. 7 - Sunday Dec. 9


Workshop Price: $350



Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Spaces Available: 8


For Inquiries and Questions Contact:

Dorielle Caimi



Supply List

NOTE: 20" x 16" canvases will be provided at workshop.


Suggested Oil Paints (suggested brands are in parentheses):

Titanium White (Gamblin)

Luminous Opera (Holbein Duo Aqua Oil)

Caucasian Flesh Tone (Gamblin)

Luminous Yellow (Holbein Duo Aqua Oil)

Indian Yellow (any brand)

Yellow Ochre (any brand)

Terre Verte (Gamblin)

Sap Green (Gamblin

Ultramarine Blue (Gamblin)

Cobalt Blue (Winsor Newton)

Lavender (Holbein Duo Aqua Oil)

Dioxazine Purple (any brand)

Alizerin Crimson (Gamblin)

Burnt Carmine (Rembrandt)

Burnt Sienna (Gamblin)

Raw Umber (Gamblin)

Payne's Grey (Gamblin)

Ivory Black (Gamblin)


Medium and Solvent:

Neo Megilp (Gamblin)

Gamsol (Gamblin)

One small jar with lid for solvent (I recommend Martinelli's Apple Juice Jars)


Suggested Brushes (Feel free to bring any brushes you have or favor):

Three #6 (size) Filberts (synthetic soft bristles are fine)

Two #4 Filberts

Four #1 Filberts

A few small Round brushes sizes 2-8

A blending mop

A #16 Flat brush

An assortment of hogs hair brushes for blending



A re-sealable "Masterson" palette lined with glass is what I use. I recommend it because you can put it in the freezer and keep your paints workable for weeks.


Palette Knives:

Small to medium palette knives