Workshop: Self Portraits in Oil with Eleanor Schnarr

Instructor: Eleanor Schnarr

Sunday, March 26th, 12pm-3pm

At the Albany Community Center, Craft Room

1249 Marin Ave, Albany CA 94706

$100 for residents, $114 for non-residents

$35 Materials Fee to be collected the day of the workshop.

Sign up for the workshop here

Fundamentals & Techniques

Explore how artists from the past have used the self portrait as a tool for self discovery and learn techniques to engage representational painting as a meditative vehicle.

Students may come from all different levels, the emphasis is on developing a particular attitude towards the act of painting which is presented in such a way that someone with no experience could follow along.


  • Introduction : Exploring historical self portraits, placing emphasis on the psychological and social meaning behind self portraits
  • Part 1: Materials and Tools; demonstration of techniques, including an overview of creating an imprimatura, color mixing, identifying light mass, shadow mass, and some basic anatomy.
  • Part 2: Students will have time and one-on-one attention to create a wet on wet, alla prima self portrait from life.