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  • Self-Study!
  • Instructor – Caren Ginsberg
  • 12 Lessons/6+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private FB Group
  • Course Price – $149
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Would you like to become proficient in creating interpretive portraits from start to finish?  Are you ready to create more sophisticated work with harmonized color palettes?


Join Caren Ginsberg in INTERPRETIVE PORTRAITS!  From concept to creation, you will discover how to apply all that you learn about interpretive portraiture. This coursework will teach you how to develop layered and energetic portraits from the very first mark to the last paint stroke. Most importantly, though, you will learn how to defeat your own fears of making “mistakes” through a series of specific exercises designed just for this course, that can be integrated into your regular practice. We will focus on feeling comfortable experimenting throughout the process and learn ways in which to approach your work mid way so that you can progress to the finish line. This comprehensive course is designed to free you to become the portrait artist you want to be.



By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Develop an approach to painting that will become yours, and yours alone
  • Learn how to focus and leave distractions behind
  • Take risks
  • Embrace mistakes as they lead to better work
  • Become proficient at creating mixed media portraits from start to finish
  • Discover how to leave the practical behind as your creative eye inspires you
  • Build layers for a more sophisticated look
  • Find the value in experimenting with your mark making tools
  • Embrace the value of values
  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between colors and values
  • Create sophisticated, harmonized color palettes that result in more interesting work
  • Master a belief in yourself, and never look back


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As with any endeavor, much less creative ones, the journey and the outcome is so much more enjoyable and productive if you are able to find your balance before you begin. In lesson 1, we will comfortably review your ability to establish a process for beginning that recognizes and satisfies your individuality.

Lesson 2 will review a wide variety of tools and materials for your consideration. In a seemingly endless world of tools and materials, it is not always about having the most, but it is about getting the most from what you have.

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Our third lesson we will learn several methods for getting our creative motor humming. These fun and highly beneficial processes will leave you with a clear road map for getting to your painting at the right time, with the right mindset. Whether it’s a quick 5-minute warm-up, or a layered, more sophisticated warm up, you’ll learn to loosen up, be in the moment and express yourself spontaneously.



In lesson 4, we will highlight the options for jumping in and getting started. Believe it or not, there are several ways for you to consider.  Lessons 5 and 6 will focus on value and color.  Value is one of the most important aspects of making a successful and satisfying painting. We will discuss why understanding value is so critical, how to identify it and, then, how to translate it to your painting.

We will also begin to consider color palettes at this time! I love this part of the process and I am certain you will too. We will start with the simple understanding of the properties of color and then build our own color palette from there. Together we will examine this build and you will find your comfortable process for establishing your color choices whenever you approach your paintings.



Our final lessons will be all about creating your portraits.   We will examine the physical aspects of the face, in terms of the relationships among the features and their relative appearance but, so too, will we free ourselves to paint what we feel.  Now we are prepared to begin our painting. Each step will be examined and re-examined so that you understand all of the alternatives you face as you develop your painting.  We will review several ways to consider options for your painting in ways that can be temporary.  Sometimes, when you are not exactly sure what to do next, but have a few ideas, you may want to experiment with your work in progress.


We will end our class with a final lesson on taking all of the fundamental learnings and create a more layered, more sophisticated portrait by letting go and approaching with a confident mindsetExperiment with color swatches created in earlier lessons, broad strokes, choice of tools and more.  This will be the time to let go of insecurities and gain the confidence of knowing how to view our painting in context of what our vision has been throughout.

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Henry David Thoreau once said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” My art seeks to engage in a way that encourages the viewer, both aesthetically and emotionally, to find something new.  I have always been intrigued with people, faces, features and expressions, all so different and yet so extremely powerful. Using multiple layers of vibrant color and liberated brush strokes, I paint portraits that are raw and expressive. In creating these visual narratives I aim to infuse a particular energy and vibrancy that will awaken an awareness of the people who surround us.

As my work has developed, my perspective and execution of stroke and rhythm have become less defined and more fluid.  Creating art, for me, has morphed from being a task of technical skill to an expressive act in itself, allowing me the privilege of transferring my ideas and feelings onto canvas. My hope is that you get to experience some of the cathartic adventure I undertake when painting. Initially I just painted for myself. Then, however, after some cajoling from my loving husband and children I began to show my work and teach classes.  And now, I am glad to say, I have students all over the country.



This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  I will be actively involved with the class via Facebook during the four weeks that the course is open!  I am really excited about working through these exercises with each of you!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 

The first two papers mentioned below are the ones I use most often because they have a nice weight to them and can withstand multiple layers of material.

  • 3-4 sheets of Coventry Rag 22x30, 290 g, White, cut to size 18”x 24”
    3-4 sheets of BFK Rives Print Making Paper, 22 x 30, 250g, White, cut to size 18”x 24”
  • Blick Mixed Media Pad 14 x 17
  • Muji Journal (optional)
  • Grafix Clear–lay Plastic Film 9 x 12
  • Bienfang Graphics 360 Marker pad 9 x 12

Acrylic Paints (and ink)

In parenthesis are the brands that I will be using in the workshop but any brand will do.

  • Carbon Black (Golden Fluid Acrylics)
  • Titanium White (Golden)
  • Cadmium Red Light (Nova Color)
  • Quinacridone Magenta ( Nova Color)
  • Indian Yellow (Nova Color)
  • Quinacridone Violet (Nova Color)
  • Black India Ink (Blick)


  • White Gesso (can use Nova Color, Golden or Liquitex)
  • Nova Color Matte Medium
  • Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid
  • Golden Regular Gel Matte Medium
  • Liquitex Airbrush Medium

Brushes/Color Shapers/Palette Knives

Brushes -The key here is variety. i.e. fan, round, bright, ( Some bigger brushes are desired), Blick Scholastic Wonder White Bright size 12, long handled brushes ( can be regular brushes taped to a dowel, another brush or even a stick), inexpensive hardware store brushes- 1 ½ -2 inches, bamboo calligraphy brush…

  • Color Shapers
  • Palette knives in different sizes
  • Paint Roller
  • Old credit card
  • Small cut up pieces of cardboard

Mark Making Tools

Following are some examples…you do not need all of these, use as many or as few as you like. Variety is what is important.

  • Lead pencils – 2B, or 4B and 4H, 5H or 6H
  • Charcoal pencils (2B, 4B, 6B)
  • White charcoal pencil
  • Vine charcoal
  • Compressed charcoal
  • Lyra water-soluble graphite, 9B
  • Posca pens - a couple of colors, Brown and Pink (my current favorites)
  • Stabilo Woody Pencils – Black, White and a couple of colors that you connect with
  • Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons Red, Blue, White and also a few colors of your choice to play around with

Collage Paper of any kind


  • Container of water (to rinse off your brushes)
  • Palette Paper
  • Tape (masking, blue, frog, or artists)
  • Paper towels (I like Scott Shop Towels)
  • Spray bottle
  • Sand paper
  • A board to clip your paper to and the clips
  • Hair dryer


**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account and go through the purchase process (even if the cost is $0 for a free course).  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY be available under “LOGIN” at the top right-hand of

**If your course does not show up, please email us at

**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


  1. Colleen Moss (verified owner)

    This is a fabulous class!! Caren is a great teacher. Her videos are well organized and filled with lots of practical and concrete tools and techniques for loosening up, adding interest, movement, and drama to your painting, and much more. And Caren is wonderfully responsive to posts, always giving a lot of encouraging feedback. I have absolutely loved this course, and have learned so much!!

  2. Cynthia Powell (verified owner)

    I am loving Caren’s workshops so much that I spend every available moment working on a portrait based on her videos. Being a mixed media artist, I’m loving the guidance that Caren provides in every lesson. I tend to run off in my own direction, but I simply start over again. This might take me awhile to work through all that Caren has provided in the videos. Lots of information to experiment with.
    Caren is very knowledgeable in mixed media and shares that knowledge with us in every video.

  3. Veronica L Schauder (verified owner)

    I absolutely adored this course and the generous nature of the instructor, Caren Ginsberg!!!!

    The structure of the course is clear and gains momentum as you go along. Caren is a clearly gifted artist with a wonderful delivery style. She fosters a community of shared ideas and is an encouraging, available coach.

    Visually, I appreciated the clean, bright aesthetics of the videos and platform.

    Caren created a container of creative exploration which deepened my connection to my own set of skills. I highly recommend this creative journey!!!! ✨✨✨

  4. Pascale Steenkiste (verified owner)

    I love the class! Caren is so inspiring and her passion for art is amazing! For me the level I’m at the course was perfect. I’m still working through the final portrait, need to start painting now. I could watch and listen to Caren over and over!

  5. Denise Sedor (verified owner)

    Caren is the master of encouraging freedom and looseness in your work. She freely shares her painting and mark making skills to bring your portraits to a whole new level all the while supporting your own creative energy!! Love her classes!!

  6. Denise Bisson (verified owner)

    I am really enjoying this course and learning a lot. The videos are very informative and the exercises are a lot of fun .Caren is a wonderful teacher and her comments and encouragement are appreciated. I would definitely recommend this course.

  7. Marcia Hodges (verified owner)

    This course was a game changer for me and I credit Caren for that. She possesses an easy manner and personal approach that encourages you to follow your intuition and paint fearlessly. I cannot recommend this course more highly if you are trying to move your work to the next level and look into your intuition, she helps you see that there is “no limit to the way the subject can be interpreted.” It was very freeing to learn to paint this way and I will revisit again and again.

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