Tina Garrett - Workshop in Charleston May 2024

Tina Garrett



Alla Prima Starting Methods


Step By Step Instructions

Tina shows you how to create an amazing oil painting from start to finish.


Start with fundamentals

 Learn all you need to know about the fundamentals of oil painting in days.

Perfect for beginners to intermediate painters

 Sept 6-8, 2024
Tuition $649 USD

Let Tina Garrett remove the intimidation from your portrait work. 

Let's face it, portrait painting in any medium can be scary, but Tina will show you the best way to improve your work, with straight-forward advice and techniques that yield positive results. If you have difficulty with your portraits, or simply avoid portraits altogether due to fear, then this workshop is for you.  

Tina starts with fundamental no-nonsense instruction, designed to get you off on the right foot.

She covers the basics, including her preferred materials, brushes and surfaces, removing all the guesswork and confusion surrounding equipment choices.

Students will learn:

  • Selective Start Method as described in Alla Prima by Artist and Author Richard Schmid
  • Use of chroma and edges to control the viewers eye
  • The power of values in creating dramatic portraiture 
  • How to achieve an accurate likeness in portraiture 
  • How to organize your palette for clean color
  • Posing and lighting the model 
  • Pricing your commissioned work
  • How to photograph the model
  • How to use photographic reference in a painting
  • Understanding Facebook PR & Marketing


Learn all 3 alla prima portrait painting methods in this Starting Methods workshop

This is Tina's most comprehensive workshop, covering all the fundamentals of oil painting, including understanding values, edges, drawing, and color mixing!

Tired of your portraits looking lifeless?

If you want to breathe life into your portrait work, this workshop is a must! Tina's instruction is transformative, elevating your skill and knowledge to higher levels, making it easier to bring your paintings to life.


It's time to raise your game.

Tina makes portrait painting simple, easy and clear. That's one of the many reasons she has been named a Living Master by the ARC.

About Tina Garrett

Tina is one of the well-recognized women artists in Contemporary Western Art. Her works center on emotion and mood, and they often contain dramatic light or atmospheric effects. Her works tend to carry with them an undefinable reverberation, haunting and laced with mystery.

Tina has earned recognition as an Art Renewal Center Living Master, (ARCLM) and holds a Master Artist designation from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society.

Tina is a longtime Portrait Society of America mentor for the PSoA Cecilia Beaux Forum Mentoring Program and Annual Art of The Portrait Conference Faculty as well as Oil Painters of America National Conference Faculty and Tina offers mentorship and over a dozen workshops around the world annually.

Location: Blair Center for the Arts

Getting to Charleston

Students choosing to fly should plan on arriving the evening before classes. The Charleston, SC airport is about 13 minutes from the Blair Center at 10 Carriage Lane, Charleston, SC. We do not provide a shuttle in Charleston, but there are plenty of taxis and Uber options. For those flying out on Sunday, be sure to schedule your flight after 5pm to allow time to get to the airport.


There are plenty of hotels and Airbnb options available to students about 2 miles from the school. Weekday hotel rates are less expensive than weekend rates.  


Many students will be driving, and often are willing to provide transportation to and from the hotel for fellow students. Otherwise, Uber is always available as an easy and inexpensive option.


We will have a 1-hour lunch break around 1 pm every day. If the students elect to work late on Friday and Saturday, we will have a dinner break around 7 pm.


Students are required to bring their own supplies. Click here for a supply list.
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