Portrait Painting in Oil

An online workshop with Mustafa Özel

Filmed in his studio in Istanbul, this online workshop follows the painting process of professional artist Mustafa Özel as he paints the portrait in oil. Mustafa will guide students through valuable techniques, such as color, tone, tools, mark-making, and individual expression, which make up his unique approach to painting portraits. He will start with a tour of his working studio space, and then demonstrate his process and decision making, as he paints three portraits in oil. You will have access to watch this workshop in Mustafa's original language of Turkish, or with an English voiceover.

  • 3 hours and 50 mins of instructional content

  • Open to all levels

  • Life-time access with unlimited streaming

  • Audio: English & Turkish audio available

  • 20+ Reference photos to paint from

  • Downloadable handbook

Form, Color, Tone & Individual Expression

Portrait Painting in Oil with Mustafa Özel I Trailer

Painting Giveaway!

Deadline for entry 15th March

Win an original oil painting! When you complete this online workshop and leave a review you'll automatically be entered into our painting giveaway. To celebrate the release of Mustafa Özel's first online workshop he'll be giving away this oil portrait sketch, which he painted during the filming of this workshop. You have until the 15th March to enter, the winner will be selected at random, and announced in the Community Section on 20th March. Good luck!
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What this course is about and what you will learn!

Learn how to create portrait paintings with depth and energy. During this online workshop Mustafa will share valuable information with you, which he has learnt throughout his career as an artist. He will guide you through his portrait painting process, with emphasis on form, tone and expression. Watch and paint along, as Mustafa gives three painting demonstrations and exercises for you to try at home. This course will deepen your knowledge and understanding of form, colour, and tonal variations. You will also learn how to play with reality, by increasing expression and adding energy to a painting. This course is suitable for all levels, if you are new to painting, then just note that some of these concepts will take time to fully understand. You will certainly learn a lot, just bear in mind that painting takes time and practice, so in order to fully understand all of the principles Mustafa demonstrates you may want to rewatch the course a couple of times, and you will most likely learn something new each time.

What's included?

Mustafa will begin by introducing himself and telling you a bit about which artists have inspired him, and influenced his work over the years. He will then give you a tour of his studio space in Istanbul, and from there give you a brief summary and understanding of the history of portraiture. From there Mustafa will explain his materials and show you how he goes about lighting and photographing the model. He will then guide you through two portrait painting demonstrations using different colour palettes, both of which are very useful exercises to try at home. After this, Mustafa will create the final portrait, demonstrating to you how he would normally approach a portrait painting in oil. He will give regular explanations about his process throughout this course, and end the workshop with some final advice. You will have access to all of the photo references Mustafa uses during these demonstrations, as well as a selection of reference photographs which Mustafa has taken for you to paint from and practice with. Once you join this workshop you will have life-time access and can re-do this course whenever you want to. You can also share your progress in the Community Section, and connect with other like-minded creatives!

Workshop Overview

  1. 1
    • Introduction (English audio)

    • Introduction (Turkish audio)

  2. 2
    • Course Overview (English audio)

    • Course Overview (Turkish audio)

  3. 3
    • Interview with Mustafa (English audio)

    • Interview with Muastafa (Turkish audio)

  4. 4
    • The History of Portraiture (English audio)

    • The History of Portraiture (Turkish audio)

  5. 5
    • Studio Tour (English audio)

    • Studio Tour (Turkish audio)

  6. 6
    • Materials Overview (English audio)

    • Materials Overview (Turkish audio)

  7. 7
    • Model Setup (English audio)

    • Model Setup (Turkish audio)

  8. 8
    • Portrait Study 1 (English audio)

    • Portrait Study 1 (Turkish audio)

  9. 9
    • Portrait Study 2 (English audio)

    • Portrait Study 2 (Turkish audio)

  10. 10
    • Final Painting - Session 1 (English audio)

    • Final Painting - Session 2 (English audio)

    • Final Painting - Session 3 (English audio)

    • Final Painting - Session 4 (English audio)

    • Final Painting - Session 1 (Turkish audio)

    • Final Painting - Session 2 (Turkish audio)

    • Final Painting - Session 3 (Turkish audio)

    • Final Painting - Session 4 (Turkish audio)

  11. 11
    • Final Thoughts (English audio)

    • Final Thoughts (Turkish audio)

Mustafa Özel

Your instructor for this workshop

Mustafa Özel was born in Turkey in 1961. He graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Marmara in 1984. A year after graduation Mustafa exhibited in his first solo show at Dort Boyut Art Gallery in Istanbul. This was followed by numerous exhibitions in and around Turkey. His latest exhibition was held in Florence, Italy at OnArt Gallery in 2019. Mustafa's portraits have been selected twice to exhibit at the BP Portrait Awards in London.
Mustafa Ozel

Course Reviews

All of these reviews are written by students who took this workshop

5 star rating

excellent in-house demo

Romas Viesulas

With tremendous production values and a meditative soundtrack, this online workshop was akin to being transported to Istanbul, directly to Mustafa's studio. ...

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With tremendous production values and a meditative soundtrack, this online workshop was akin to being transported to Istanbul, directly to Mustafa's studio. I particularly liked the studio tour, and the juxtaposition of model, palette, and canvas during the demo. Mustafa's command of color is nothing short of remarkable, and there were many moments in the demos - both sketches and final painting - that were a revelation to me. Thank you for making this available. I'll look for comments in the interactive section of the academy site for more info on brushes, paints and surfaces used.

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5 star rating

An honour to see such an inspirational painter at work

Sara Gregory

I have been an admirer of Mustafa Ozel's paintings for many years. To get an insight into his workshop, the way he poses and lights his model, the colours he...

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I have been an admirer of Mustafa Ozel's paintings for many years. To get an insight into his workshop, the way he poses and lights his model, the colours he uses and his approach to painting in oils is priceless! I am a portrait painter who wishes to improve my skills and I am so happy to have found this course online. By watching this and continuing to practise what I have learnt I am confident I will be a better painter.

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5 star rating

Mustafa class review; crouch

Jack Crouch

I really found this class informative. I loved seeing Mustafa’s thoughts on color mixing and how he organized his palette. I was also very interested in wat...

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I really found this class informative. I loved seeing Mustafa’s thoughts on color mixing and how he organized his palette. I was also very interested in watching the final painting develop. Seeing how he paints and repaints a stroke wet into wet with making muddy color was truly amazing.

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5 star rating

Un curso excepcional

Angel S

Un curso excepcional, impartido por un grandísimo artista que te ayudará en tu proceso creativo. Con muy buena calidad de imagen y sonido.

Un curso excepcional, impartido por un grandísimo artista que te ayudará en tu proceso creativo. Con muy buena calidad de imagen y sonido.

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5 star rating

Wonderful and practical

Rob Conibear

Really enjoyed the combination of philosophy on painting combined with very practical steps. It inspired me to try some new techniques but also to consider t...

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Really enjoyed the combination of philosophy on painting combined with very practical steps. It inspired me to try some new techniques but also to consider the physicality of painting again. Loved it.

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