Zorn Palette Portraits in Oils with Mark Fennell

Course Details


Tuesday 18th October 2022


10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

This one day workshop will focus on the basics of portrait painting, working from a live model with a limited palette of just three colours plus white, famously used by Swedish painter Anders Zorn to create beautiful skin tones.

It is a painting style best practiced in a quick wet-into-wet fashion where every brushstroke counts. The workshop aims to help artists develop their paint and brush handling toward achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate way.

Mark will demonstrate and guide you through his simple structured approach, breaking everything down into easy to follow steps that will cover everything from mixing all the colours you need from a limited colour palette to working tonally, blocking in the larger elements and leaving the finer details for the final stages of the painting.

Course Information

Ability level

All Levels Welcome



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  • Oil colours as follows:
    • Titanium white
    • Yellow ochre
    • Cadmium red light (cadmium red will suffice)
    • Ivory black


  • One pre-primed canvas or board – Approx size 50cm x 40cm.

(Pre ground your canvas with a thin wash of acrylic or oil paint made up of burnt sienna lightened down to a light to mid tan with titanium white, must be dry on the day.)


  • A selection of long handle short flat hog paint brushes in a range of even sizes from 2 -12, also a small round size 1 synthetic or hog brush.


  • Palette knives – R&M sizes 1 and 5 or similar.


  • Zest-It oil painting dilutant or similar low odour thinners and linseed oil or alternatively just W&N Liquin original.


  • A dipper/pot to hold the thinners.


  • A good size flat mixing palette (no plates or foil trays please).


  • A good size jar/pot for enough low odour thinners to clean brushes.


  • Cloths or a couple of kitchen rolls..


  • Carrier bag for used cloths (useful to hang from your easel).


  • An apron or messy clothes.


  • Please ensure you bring a carrier for taking home your wet painting, or bin bags/sheets to lay the piece in the back of a car.


Provided by Cornwall School of Art if required

  • Easels
  • Drawing boards
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Clips



We can supply Daler-Rowney Georgian Oils for use throughout the course, making it nice and easy to try something new without a big investment. Just add a ticket that includes our £10 ‘Paint Share’ option to your basket when booking. If you have not chosen to add a paint share to your booking please ensure you bring all colours listed.


All art materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop, 26 River Street Truro TR1 2SJ, and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the course.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be made in writing more than 4 weeks prior to the course start date to guarantee a refund. Cornwall School of Art reserves the right to retain the full fee amount in case of cancellation after the 4 week deadline. Please read the full T&Cs on our website www.cornwallartschool.co.uk

Mark Fennell

Mark Fennell is a professional portrait painter who works to commission from his home studio in the village of Brill in Buckinghamshire. He works predominantly in oils, notable sitters include Antony Worrall Thompson, Isla St Clair and singer – songwriter John Otway. His work has been selected for exhibition with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall galleries London. Marks is a regular contributor and featured in the following publications – The Artist, Artist and Illustrators and SAA Paint magazine. Awarded The Winsor and Newton painting prize at The Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition 2020. Featured on ITV’s ‘A Brush With Fame’ in 2005, portrait of Antony Worrall Thompson was chosen as his favourite.

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Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.

On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.




Tuesday 18th October 2022


10:00 am – 4:30 pm



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Cancellations must be made in writing/email more than 4 weeks prior to the course start date to guarantee a refund. Read our full policy on the Course Terms & Conditions page.