The Conceptual Self-Portrait Lecture and Workshop: Click HERE to Sign Up



In this three-day workshop, Dorielle will teach students how to paint a 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. We will also do a photoshoot at the studio to ensure that the lighting you're working with in your portrait is excellent. All levels welcome! (must be 18 and up)


Workshop Structure:

Friday:  Meet and Greet, Lecture, and Live Demo, Photoshoot, Workspace set up and image transfer noon-5:00 pm

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

Sunday: Part 2: Conceptual Elements Workshop, 9:00-5:00 (last hour: we will share the meaning of our portraits with the class. This is not a critique. This is a chance for you to practice talking about your work in a supportive environment.)



Friday, March 29 - Sunday March 31, 2019


Workshop Price: $470



Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Spaces Available: 6


For Inquiries and Questions Contact:

Dorielle Caimi



Supply List

NOTE: 20" x 16" canvases will be provided at workshop. Please arrange transport home for your painting, bearing in mind that it will be wet. 


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



Apron or paint smock/clothes