Gauguin: The face of a Tahitian Woman

Master the placement of the eyes, nose and mouth as you paint this beautiful and compelling portrait by Paul Gauguin.

Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women (excerpt) designed by Peter Inglis.

We will use impasto to create the thick, creamy texture of oil paints.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
The sketch painting

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
The glorious tropical palette of colours

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women, 1899
94 cm x 72 cm

To devise this lesson plan I worked from the original and:

  • Analysed the colours
  • Worked out how to mix them using the Chevreaux Colour System
  • Analysed the composition
  • Painted several versions
  • Assessed what was going to be feasible and enjoyable for students to paint, and how long it would take.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Workshopping Gauguin

Student Interpretations

Check out these wonderful paintings from our first Gauguin session in November 2018.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin by Annie.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin by Maria.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin by Richard.

The students learned a lot about placement of facial features and the role of tone in creating form, while still producing a credible and decorative piece.

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Portrait painting
  • Impasto
  • Liner Brush

Paint this!

Beach & Boats at Toukley ala Monet

Toukley Beach ala Monet - an original Aussie landscape by Peter Inglis.

Paint this calming seascape as Monet would have done, had he ever made it to Australia!

Toukley Beach ala Monet - an original Aussie landscape by Peter Inglis. My source photograph.

Toukley Beach ala Monet - an original Aussie landscape by Peter Inglis.
The same scene painted with soft brushes and smooth blending. (Beach & Boats at Toukley)

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Atmospheric perspective
  • Impressionist style
  • Monet brush techniques
  • Reflections
  • Seascape
  • Water

Paint this!

Loretta's Vermeer

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy

Loretta produced a great Vermeer in just one lesson.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy

How did Loretta achieve such an astounding result? Because she was able to:

  1. Solve problems
  2. Discard strategies that didn't work
  3. Listen to me (for good strategies)
  4. Follow instructions

It ain't rocket science! Although Loretta is an actual scientist. Her daily work requires an objective approach problem solving.

So in art, we learn expressive subjective feelings via objective means!

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy
Loretta's Vermeer!

Great work Loretta!