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The Oil Portrait - Getting the WOW Factor | Lyn Diefenbach

The Oil Portrait - Getting the WOW Factor | Lyn Diefenbach

Now available in studio or online! $100 discount for the online class. For the live online workshop , please email:

This is a chance to have all the benefits of a face to face workshop without having to leave your studio!

Lyn has been teaching nationally and internationally over Zoom for more than 3 years.

All students will receive Lyn's Portrait Drawing video a week before the class commences. This will be available for students to access for two weeks.

For those joining via Zoom there will be a pre-class Zoom meeting to answer any questions or setup issues.

Do you want to create portraits that breathe character and life? Portraits that convey a presence? Let Lyn show you how…

The workshop covers all aspects of portraiture, focussing on capturing a good likeness.

Included in your workshop is a FREE video introducing you to the fundamentals of technical know-how valued at_ $30._

Once you have booked in, please log in to your student portal to see the free video from Lyn that you must watch before coming to the workshop. THIS IS ESSENTIAL VIEWING!.

What will I learn?

You’ll learn how to manipulate relationships of line, tone, colour and edge to infuse your work with dimensionality and impact.

Lyn’s workshop will enable you to work on your own individual subject. Enjoy clear, informative demonstrations and individual attention at your easel.

One portrait will be done from a photograph of your choice. Learn how to use a photograph as a painter’s tool and to go beyond its limitations. The techniques that you learn in this class will keep you in good stead when painting from life.

Who is this course suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, however basic knowledge and skills in oils and colour is a prerequisite.

What do I need to bring?

Materials List


One Stretched Canvas – approx. 16 x 20 inches (40 x 50cm) for the portrait.

** Please come with your canvas stained with a thin wash of raw umber (oil with a lot of solvent) **

** This needs 2 days to dry before the workshop starts**

Oil Colours – Winsor & Newton Artist quality or equivalent:

Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow

Titanium White, Ivory Black, Alizarin Crimson

Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Prussian Blue

Other Brands:

Winton Soft Mixing White

Old Holland Red Umber

Art Spectrum Cobalt Violet

Schmincke Burnt Ochre Light (previously known as Flesh Tint)


Rosemary & Co Filbert Series 276, Sizes 6,8,10 & 12 OR

Art Basics series 877KF Sizes 6, 8, 10 & 12

For drawing the portrait and for fine detail

Rosemary & Co pure Sable Series 91 size 8 OR

Silva Renaissance 7110 Sable Cat’s Tongue Size 8 OR any kind of small pointed brush.

NB: Lyn uses soft brushes, not bristle. You are welcome to bring your own favourites.


Paper Towels

Large Palette (eg white painted MDF) approx 18 x 24 inches

Odourless Solvent

Willow Charcoal

Mixing Palette Knife (metal)

Old bath towel to cover table / drop sheet.

Archival Classic Medium

Photographs for Portrait:

Make sure these have excellent clarity, a good play of light and dark and are large enough to work.

from. If you are using computer printed photos, use photo quality paper NOT PLAIN.

Access to table easels and stand-up easels are available at Bienarté

Pre orders of canvases available from Bienarté

What is provided?

• Easels, tabels and chairs
• Tea and coffee (you might like to bring your own cup)
• A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
• Connection to the Bienarté art community

Student Feedback

Lyn, thank you so much. You have given me a gift that will last a lifetime

**…opened a whole new reality of seeing things **

A great inspiration and a great teacher

…Not only is her work beyond words, but Lyn's caring personality, and approach to life equals her work…

Thank you so much for such a wonderful informative class. Your teaching was so clear and easy to follow.

Many thanks for your generosity, patience, humour and talent

Thank you for your generosity in passing on skills and knowledge. Truly inspirational

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$700 Limited inc GST
The Oil Portrait - Getting the WOW Factor | Lyn Diefenbach

<p>Now available in studio or online! $100 discount for the online class. For the live online workshop , please email:</p>

<p>This is a chance to have all the benefits of a face


If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • Lyn is a great tutor! I now feel confident to tackle colour mixing for portraits and have learned how less blending produces a lively finished portrait. I am extremely happy and hope to do another workshop with Lyn in the future. The venue is nice and spacious and light, very welcoming atmosphere, great all-round experience... Jenny, Wamuran.
  • Lyn is so generous in sharing her knowledge. We learned some very interesting ways of going about painting portraits which I have not heard of before. She shared her amazing flesh (of any hue or value) palette, tons of demo work and was tireless in helping everyone in the room as they progressed through a portrait of their choice to paint. A must do workshop... Helen, Perth
  • The painting skill learned and being with other painters. The lovely tutor; Lyn is kind and very warm so it was easy to feel comfortable in the workshop. A very enjoyable 3 days. Appreciated the extra work with the camera to make the visual presentation so everyone could see clearly.....Carina R from Maleny