2-Day Portrait Painting From Life Workshop | Sean Cheetham | May 20-21


This workshop students will learn the process of painting a portrait from life that will include: composition, palette choices, color mixing, capturing the likeness of the model and more… Sean will give a short demonstration with one-on-one critiques to help students create a successful portrait.

Course #7251
Workshop Dates: Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21, 2017
Time: 10AM-5PM, includes 1 hour lunch break
Days: 2 Days
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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Product Description

Supply List

All supplies are RECOMMENDED, NOT required.

Oil Colors: (Unless listed, all colors are Winsor Newton)
Cadmium Green Pale
Scarlet Lake
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre Pale
Indian Yellow
Titanium White
Manganese Blue Hue
Cobalt Blue
Dioxazine Purple
Permanent Alizarin Crimson (“I use Old Holland Alizarin Crimson Lake Extra.”)
Olive Green (Winsor Newton or M. Graham NOT Gamblin)
French Ultramarine Blue

Optional colors:
Cadmium Red Deep

Brushes: Trekell Golden Taklon rounds 4 to 8 (similar to Winsor Newton University series short-handled rounds)

Ampersand gessobord-8×10”, 9×12”, or larger

Odorless mineral spirits and container such as silicoil-Gamsol or Turpenoid

Paper towels

Large palette (wood, glass, or disposable)


“Any brushes you have or have a preference for are fine. If you use a canvas or canvas board then you may consider using bristle brushes. I use bristles when I paint on canvas boards. I prefer the filbert shape in sizes 4 to 12.”

Instructor Bio

Sean Cheetham was born in 1977. He has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He exhibited his work in 2005 at the Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery in London, England. In 2006, Sean had his first one man exhibition with The Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery in Pasadena and since has had several gallery exhibitions throughout the years. Sean has become recognized as one of the most acclaimed young figurative painters today! He was featured in American Artist’s Workshop magazine, with a tutorial article.

LAAFA Policies


Students must be paid in full prior to the first day of class when enrolled in an Extension Course or Workshop, except those with a payment plan agreement. Please visit the Main Office at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the class, to complete any pending registration issues.

Payment Plans: A 3% Payment Plan Fee will be assessed, with a maximum charge of $35. The Payment Plan Fee, $20 Registration Fee, plus 50% of the total tuition owing must be paid on or before the first day of class. The remaining 50% of the tuition can be paid with a post-dated check (dated 1 month later) or with a signed Credit Card Authorization Form.

There is a $35.00 fee for all checks returned as N.S.F. (Non-Sufficient Funds).


LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class, limit class size, change class times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule.

If a class is cancelled, students will be issued a full refund or may transfer with no fee to another class.

If an instructor must leave after a term has begun, and no suitable substitute is available, the student will be refunded a pro-rated amount.


All classes, uninstructed workshops, Visiting Artist Workshops and artist demonstrations are non-refundable. You may request to drop for credit (see next paragraph) or transfer into another class.

You have two weeks to evaluate each class and decide whether you want to drop for credit (a dollar amount calculated based on the receipt of request) or transfer into a new class. Requests must be submitted before the start of the third session, via email to A $25 Drop/Transfer Fee is assessed. Credit will be valid for a full year and is non-refundable. It can be applied toward any Extension Course, Workshop or Visiting Artist Event at LAAFA.

All artist demonstrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.


One free make-up session is allowed per quarter, per class. Please email us at, at least 3 days in advance, with the course and date you wish to attend as a make-up. Make-up sessions aren’t transferable to future quarters.


  • If you arrive late, please enter quietly. If you have equipment to set up, please wait for a break to set up so that you do not disrupt the class.
  • The front row of benches is reserved for sitting individuals.
  • Economize your workspace to accommodate fellow artists.
  • Please refrain from talking to the models while they are posing. Photography is not allowed without the express permission of the model. The model may require a photography fee.
  • Please refrain from personal discussions while class is in session. Be sure to switch cell phone ringers OFF.
  • Don’t comment on others’ work unless it is solicited.
  • Animals are not permitted, with the exception of assistance dogs for the disabled.
  • Please clean up your work area and properly dispose of your waste after class. Use the Brush Cleaning Closet, not the bathroom sinks, to clean your hands, paintbrushes and other art tools.
  • No Turpentine or smelly solvents and mediums are allowed. Odorless Mineral Spirits is preferred.


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