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Portrait Painting

with Alex Venezia


Instructor: Alex Venezia
Dates: July 31–August 4, 2023
Times: 9 am-4 pm (lunch 12-1 pm; participants are asked to bring their own bagged lunch)
Workshop Location: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Levels/Ages: All levels welcome; ages 15+

This workshop is sold out. To be added to the waitlist contact or call 860-434-5232 ext 202.


In this course, students learn a unique, step-by-step approach to painting the portrait from life.  Venezia’s proven method emphasizes working in layers, rather than alla prima, allowing for greater control and refinement of the final result. Individual critiques, instructor-led demonstrations, and Q&A are offered and encouraged.

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Artist Bio

Alex Venezia is an American representational oil painter whose work has earned him nationwide representation, as well as numerous accolades and awards. Eschewing the traditional academy approach in favor of studying under several renowned painters from various schools of thought worldwide, including Odd Nerdrum, Colleen Barry, Michael Klein, Daniel Sprick, and Jeff Hein, Venezia has developed a highly personal yet effectively instructive style and approach. Venezia’s work is currently represented by Arcadia Contemporary in New York City; his works have also been acquired by the New Salem Museum. Venezia was awarded a first-place painting prize by the Portrait Society of America, and a first-place prize in the Still Life Competition at the Grand Central Atelier in New York City.

Instagram: @alexjvenezia