Portrait Express: At-Home Acrylic Painting with Pat Dunn-Walker

A virtual class on how to paint a portrait 

In conjunction with the Lifeline: Portraits of Rochester Essential Workers exhibition, Rochester Art Center is offering a virtual class taught by Rochester artist Pat Dunn-Walker, a current exhibiting artist. . Participants will gain a working knowledge of the mechanical elements of portraiture such as proportion and shading. Via video tutorial, Dunn-Walker will  briefly discuss different styles of portraiture and then each artist will create their own self or other portrait at their own pace. Artists will then gather via Zoom for a check-in with the instructor and each other, get more work time on their own, then check in for a final critique via Zoom. Basic painting supply kits are provided for use in class (paint, canvas, and brushes) Please have an 8×10 front view of your portrait subject to work from.

Session 2: Saturday, January 9th | pick up kits and access the video tutorial

Wednesday, January 13th  7:00 PM | Check-in on your progress with the instructor and classmates via Zoom

Saturday, January 16th 1:00 PM | Final Critique with the instructor and classmates via Zoom

Tuition per session: $75 General Public | $65  Art Center Members

Tuition includes instruction and basic painting supplies to use during class. Experienced artists may use their own favorite supplies in addition to the basic supplies if desired. Need to rent an easel for use at home? Simply mark the “Rent a Table Top Easel” option when purchasing your ticket online.

Header Image: Shala Bain by Patricia Dunn-Walker, Acrylic, 2020

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Artist Bio | Patricia Dunn-Walker

I am originally from Illinois where I received my training in graphic design. I moved to Minnesota to pursue a career in design. After working in the design field for a number of years I took a year-long break to teach English in Japan. Immersing myself in such a visually rich and ancient culture inspired me to shift my focus from commercial work to fine art.

I moved to Rochester, raised a family and now I live here with my husband and miniature poodle. I have always been inspired by collage. I collect found paper and old print because it has a past history that adds an organic quality to my paintings. I strive to create a sense of excitement and balance in my own work. I get essential inspiration from collaborating with other artists and from working with people from other disciplines.

I show my work at galleries around Minnesota and at Gallery 24 in Rochester.