• Registration Open
  • Instructor:  Kara Bullock
  • Dates:  April 15-17
  • Materials:  Listed below
  • Cost – $419
  • Payment plan available upon request
  • Levels – Beginners through Advanced
  • Read Studio Policies HERE

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Are you tired of searching Pinterest for inspiration for your artwork?  Would you like to learn how to create interesting portraits from your own photographs?

Join Kara in this two-day workshop where you will discover how to take your ordinary photographs taken with your phone into powerful, bold portraits.  Kara has been painting portraits for the past five years, but when she began taking her own photographs, she truly understood how she could be in charge of every piece of her painting, from the very beginning.  She is excited to share this process with you!


In this workshop the following concepts will be covered:


  • Setting the stage for taking your own photograph.
  • Deciding what pictures to take.
  • Using the app Enlight to manipulate your photographs.
  • Using shape and line to guide your portraits.
  • Choosing colors for wash and underpainting.
  • Using an underpainting as a map to guide your portrait.
  • Mixing paints to match colors in photos.
  • Layering fluid paints to create the layered effects in Kara's portraits.
  • Adding details for drama



Workshop Schedule:


Wednesday, Day 1:

  • 9:00 – 3:30 - Workshop  
    • We will begin by working with our photo references.  Students should come prepared with one or two images that he/she would like to work on. 
    • Once photos have been manipulated and edited, Kara will demo her process, step-by-step, to help students follow along.
    • Time will be spent looking at shape, and mixing color.
    • Students will begin the under painting of their portrait.
    • Kara will circulate through the group guiding as needed with composition, proportion, color, etc.


Thursday, Day 2:

  • 9:00 – 3:30 - Workshop
    • The second day will be devoted to adding color to portraits.  Kara Will begin the morning by demonstrating how she layers her paints to create depth and interest in her pieces.  The afternoon will be devoted to students adding color to their portraits
    • Time will be spent looking at shape, and mixing color.  Students will spend much of day 2 working on mixing colors.
    • Kara will circulate through the group guiding as needed with composition, proportion, color, etc.

Friday, Day 3:

  • 9:00 – 3:30 - Workshop
    • The third day will be devoted to finishing up portraits.
    • Kara will circulate through the group guiding as needed with proportion, color, etc.

Registration is Open!

April 15-17, 2020

Important Information:


  • iPhone or iPad - if you don't have one but want to take the class, Kara can share
  • Enlight app - only available for Apple products
  • Poster Shine App
  • Canvas - 16x20 or larger
  • Variety of brushes - I only use bright brushes sizes 2, 8, 12, 16, and 20 (I use Blick Bright Whites)
  • Clear Gesso
  • Fluid Acrylics
    • Pyrrole Red
    • Yellow Oxide
    • Naples Yellow Hue
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Carbon Black
    • Titanium White
    • Transparent Burnt Umber



Studio Address

145 W. Main St., Suite 110

Tustin, CA 92780

**Park in parking lot or on the street.


Airport and Hotels

If you are flying in, the closest airport to the studio is Santa Ana - John Wayne Airport.  It is about 5 miles away from the studio, with several hotels nearby as well.  Our clients' favorite hotels are listed below.

***there are hotels closer to the studio, but several that I DO NOT recommend.  If you have questions about hotels, please reach out to me at


Workshop Policies: Due to limited class size, payment is non-refundable, but is transferable ONLY if the workshop sells out. If you purchase a workshop and are unable to attend, AND if there is a wait list for the course, we will offer your spot to a person on the wait list. If someone on the wait list is able to take your spot, we will reimburse you your tuition, minus a $75 admin fee for handling the replacement.  If you are unable to attend the workshop, and the workshop has not sold out with a wait list, we will not be able to refund your purchase.

***These policies also apply to a Zoom workshop.


Cancellations:  If the event does not reach the minimum number of participants, workshop may be cancelled. In this case, you will be notified 30 days prior to the workshop.  In the very rare event of an emergency or unavoidable natural disaster or act of God, the class may be cancelled. If this is to happen, all purchased workshops will be reimbursed to students in full.


Coupons and Discounts:
Coupons and/or discounts may not be applied to workshops.
Contact Questions?  Email us at  We will respond within 24 hours.


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