Expressive Portrait Painting Class

Learn to paint a portrait in one lesson!

3 hours Class size 1 to 10 (public classes), 1 to 30

label $119 - $125 (or 4 payments of $29.75 - $31.25 Afterpay)
(Earlybird price of $119 applies if you book into a public session 14+ days ahead)

Join Gerard Mignot in this beginner-friendly class and learn how to paint a portrait with acrylic!

Guided by Gerard, you will learn the expressive portrait technique, which uses only a few fast and loose brushstrokes to capture the likeness of a person. It refers to a style of painting in which the artist aims to represent a way of feeling or seeing.

This workshop will help you to understand the structure of a face in term of shapes, planes change, and value by using lines and value rendering.

By the end of the class, you will take home your portrait, as well as feeling confident in this new, creative hobby!

Save $6 per guest, when you book 14+ days before a class

Knowledge required
A basic knowledge in acrylic painting.
What you'll get
  • Guidance by an expert.
  • Materials provided except canvas and paper.
  • Take home your portrait.
What to bring
Please bring a canvas A3 size or acrylic paper 300gsm or 400 gsm.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, Christmas party, birthday or hens party.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 13 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.


The Mall, 166C The Parade, Norwood SA

Expressive Portrait Painting Class location
Your teacher
Gerard Mignot
Gerard Mignot

4.8 (36)

After working as an illustrator for a greeting card company in South Australia, Gerard studied graphic design and pre-press printing. He then honed his skills in various design studios and printing enterprises. He specializes in portraiture and figurative art in both digital and traditional media. He also has an extensive hospitality in French culinary institute.

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Tania Kloester Dec 2023

We had a fabulous experience with lots of laughs and learning. The venue was well positioned and had a friendly atmosphere.
The supplies were of good quality. Thank you for an enjoyable education!

Expressive Portrait Painting Class review by Tania Kloester - Adelaide

Teacher's response

Tania, thank you for your kind words and positive feedback. We're thrilled to hear that you had a fabulous experience with us and that you enjoyed lots of laughs and learning. It's great to know that the venue was well positioned and had a friendly atmosphere that contributed to your overall enjoyment. We take pride in providing high-quality supplies and we're glad that they met your expectations. Thank you for choosing us for your educational needs and we're delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable time. We hope to see you again soon for another fantastic experience!

Marijana Mussell Nov 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Easy to get to
Teacher nice and helpful
He plans to email us notes on the workshop
Reasonable value for money
Lovely work space

Painting class review by Marijana Mussell - Adelaide

Teacher's response

Marijana, thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're glad to hear that you found our workshop easy to get to and that our teacher was nice and helpful. It's great that he plans to email you notes from the workshop for your reference. We're also happy that you found the workshop to be reasonable value for money. We strive to provide a lovely work space for our participants, and we're glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for choosing us and we hope to see you again in the future.

Jemima Watson Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

It was a lot of fun. Gerard was lovely to chat with. We really enjoyed the experience and the materials were amazing too.

Painting class review by Jemima Watson - Adelaide

Alyssa Cristofaro Aug 2023

I did an expressionist portrait class.
The teacher was very friendly, informative and helpful with tips. He went above and beyond.
The venue was lovely and bright and clean and organised.
Paints were provided and experience was good value for money.

Expressive Portrait Painting Class review by Alyssa Cristofaro - Adelaide

Teacher's response

Alyssa, thanks for sharing your experience with our portrait class. We're thrilled that you found the venue lovely, bright, clean, and organized. Providing paints and ensuring good value for money is always our aim. We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again soon.

Keeley Modesti Jul 2023

Gerard was a great teacher who shares so many wonderful tips and tricks to this absolute newbie. I really enjoyed the class and four hours just flew past. Thanks Gerard!

Lana Penglis Jul 2023

The class I attended was combined with a sketching class which meant our teacher spent half of his time assisting others with a different art form. We didn’t have consistent guidance and were left to work most of it out ourselves. He did help from time to time but there was no real structure to the class. I envisaged someone guiding us step by step and explaining how each element and step of the process should be done. I was also a little disappointed to find out that the teacher wanted us to paint one of his pictures rather than the picture we were asked to bring along. Overall, the experience was a bit overwhelming because of the lack of structure.

Teacher's response

Hi Lana
I am sorry that you were disappointed by the class but the pictures that you brought were not good to get the most of the workshop.
If you had a selection of better pictures we might had a chance to get more out of it. It all depends on your ability to handle colours.
As for the portrait that I gave you it was probably not for your level however it gave you an inside on how colours works. There was also a picture on how to get started which should have been self explanatory as for the colour mixing I actually gave you guidance and mixed the colours so it was more easy for you to progress,
I am prepare to give a private tutorial at no cost to you, except that you bring your own brushes, paints and canvas so you can paint your own pet portrait. We appreciate your honest feedback and will take it into consideration for future improvements.

Loraine Summers Jun 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

I thought the class was good value for money and the location was great even though there were renovations going on outside the shop

Jeannie Tolentino May 2023

Gerard was a very patient and kind teacher, I had so much fun doing the lesson. I learned a lot. I would highly recommend Gerard art classes.

Painting class review by Jeannie Tolentino - Adelaide

Suzanne Jones Apr 2023

Really enjoyed Gerard’s class. He was very friendly and the class and topic was fun. Good location (at least for me) - easily accessed. Would recommend.

Nelda Pidun Apr 2023

The teacher was great and very informative I enjoyed it very much would like to do another one

Expressive Portrait Painting Class review by Nelda Pidun - Adelaide

Renate Parodi Mar 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Gerard was very patient and gave expert guidance to me, never having done this before. Im sure it would be even more beneficial to a better level of artist. Definitely worthwhile!

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