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Create Thick Impasto Color Portraits

Learn how to apply thick, buttery paint to create incredible texture and dynamic color

Instructor: Victor Wang
Fine Art Painters
Medium: Oil
Stage: Aspiring, Emerging

Thursday & Friday, June 6 & 7, 2024
Two Day Course
8am – 2pm MT


Note: Price in $USD

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All recordings are available for 1-month after the course finishes.

High School, University, and College students get 20% off!
See FAQs at the bottom of this page for details.

Course Description

Join Victor Wang in this 2-day workshop and learn how to paint a dynamic contemporary portrait with Wang’s mastery technique, which is heavy impasto color application and transparent glazing combination.

This unique style will help you become a painterly portrait artist. Victor will show you how to use buttery paints to build up texture surface and dynamic color relationship, through general to specific.

The simplification process will help you to discover the exciting effects which leads you to the final stage of a powerful portrait with sculptural quality.

The introduction focuses on the fundamentals including getting to know our materials and observation and application skill as a realistic painter.

Victor will do a couple demonstrations with helpful tips and insights of his skill to navigate students to the process.

You Will Learn:

  • Learn the keys of oil painting techniques.
  • Learn how to create sophisticated and rich texture and through mark making
  • Understand the relationship between opaque and transparent color.
  • Learn how to mix color spontaneously directly on your canvas or other substrate
  • Develop your skills of design composition.
Supply List


  • Flake White or Flake White hue
  • Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson
  • Burn Sienna, Burn Umber
  • Viridian/Thalo Green
  • Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue
  • Ivory Black


  • (You should have 5 or more brushes)
  • 2 Hog Brushes; #3, #6 and #10 (flat or filbert)
  • 2 Sable Brushes/Synthetic; #4, #10(flat or filbert)
  • 1 fan brush 1 1⁄2” or flat wash brush


  • Turpenoid or Gamsol
  • Neo-Megilp or Liquin
  • Palette Knife
  • Glass Palette 12″ -16″
  • 1 Shallow Tin (for solvent)
  • 1 Stretched canvas 18” x 22”
  • Paper Towel and Rag
Instructor Bio
The human figures in my paintings represent the emotional tension and psychological drama of life’s turning points. The blend of luminous color and buttery texture evoke the enigmatic environment where these moments of meditation originate. I have interwoven the sunflower – a symbol throughout my life embodying both sorrow and joy and collaged images from China’s Tang Dynasty – a signature of my heritage into my paintings.

I am influenced recently by the way Auguste Rodin used clay to model figures, In his Sculpture contains expression and dramatic body language and through his marvelous clay marks making we could sense of inner emotions and feelings. So I have tried to treat my color paints as clay to build up the form on canvas.  The thickness of the paint evokes a sculptural physicality and multi-level quality.

Artwork by Doug Swinton
Artwork by Doug Swinton
Artwork by Doug Swinton
Artwork by Doug Swinton
Artwork by Doug Swinton
Artwork by Doug Swinton


How many registrations are required for a course to start?

A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

What is the maximum number of people in a course?

This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

Can I get a refund?

Up until 72 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting [email protected].

After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at [email protected]).

Can I register for a course already in progress?

No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

Where will my course be held?

All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

If you have not used Zoom before, learn about how to use it here.

If you don’t regularly use Zoom, we recommend you join your first session 10-15 minutes early in case your computer needs to install or update Zoom.

How do I join my course?

You will receive a welcome email from [email protected] when you register.  This email includes the Zoom link to join your course session.  You will also receive 24 hour and 2 hour reminder emails before each session, and each of these emails includes the Zoom link.  You can also access the Zoom link to join your course in your MastriusChat group.

Are the sessions recorded?

Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

What if I miss a session?

You’ll be able to watch the session’s recording.  If you have questions the recording doesn’t address, you can ask them in the chat feed of your course’s private MastriusChat group.

What is MastriusChat?

MastriusChat is an online discussion platform.  You and your fellow course registrants will be assigned to a private MastriusChat group where you can connect and support eachother via the chat “feed”. Your group is also where you’ll access the session recordings. Other resources in your MastriusChat group include a link to join your course sessions, and a library your instructor can use to share resources.

What is a Navigator?

A Navigator is an artist who joins your course to ensure both instructor and registrants have an enjoyable experience. They support (as required) with technology, timekeeping, moderating questions, and between-session discussions on MastriusChat. The Navigator has also joined the course as participant, and just like you, they’re wanting to grow their skills and learn the material.

I’m not ready to register because I still have questions. Who do I contact?

We’d be happy to help! 

Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to support you.


High School, University, and College students get 20% off ANY course (non-member price).

To claim this discount:

  1. Use coupon code in checkout: student_20_off
  2. Complete your checkout
  3. 🚩Before your course starts, Mastrius Registrations will contact you and WILL REQUIRE info to verify your student status

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