Class Description:

Have you ever struggled to create skin tones that are luminous and colorful when painting a portrait?

In this 3 day workshop join CFA and MFA Faculty, Manu Saluja, as she offers tools and strategies to mix flesh tones with confidence as you work from the live model. The key to making believable complexions is an understanding of hue, value, and chroma. In this workshop you will learn about the structure of the head and neck, how to translate light and shade into color, and various approaches to neutralizing colors using either a controlled or open palette. Students will be shown how to plan their approach to achieving striking color and likeness. While the workshop is geared towards the painted portrait in oil, the information is invaluable for all genres from landscape to figure painting. Demonstrations, lectures/discussions included.

Workshop Dates:

Scheduled occurrences for the next session of this class are as follows:

Day 1:
10 am - 5 pm ET
Day 2:
10 am - 5 pm ET
Day 3:
10 am - 5 pm ET

  1. Before Class - Welcome & How to Prepare for Class

  2. Day 1 - Drawing the Portrait, Color Theory and Your Palette

  3. Day 2 - The “Lay-In” Stage

  4. Day 3 - Finishing Touches

  5. After Class - Wrap Up

  • $500.00
  • In-Person
  • 3 Days
  • Beginner to Advanced

Meet Your Instructor

Manu Saluja


Born in Brooklyn, and a longtime resident of Queens/Long Island, Manu Saluja studied with John Frederick Murray at the School of Visual Arts receiving her BFA in 1997. A graduate of the New York Academy of Art, she is Adjunct Faculty in the CFA and MFA programs. Saluja’s paintings have appeared in numerous group shows, publications and hang in collections nationally and internationally. In her 2010 show Kings of Punjab, she exhibited large-scale portraits at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Her solo shows in 2016 and 2021 were featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Fast Company Design, and Huffington Post. Winner of the 2019 BP Travel Award, her paintings were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Aberdeen Museum in Scotland in 2020. As an Allied Artists of America’s award recipient, her work will be shown this year at the Butler Institute of American Art.

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