Impressionistic Portrait Painting in Oils (intermediate oil painters) with Ruth Squitieri

Days: Wednesday

Beginning in October – Contact Instructor

Studio: B


This class is for the intermediate oil painter, you should have a working knowledge of oil paints. We will learn to paint the portrait in an impressionistic, high-key technique. We will do some color exercises that you can apply to any other subject on your own. Explore the individual features of the face and learn some tips and trips for doing them, and culminate in creating one or two portraits together. There will be plenty of demos and small exercises along the way.

We will learn how to select suitable reference photos, explore the pitfalls of selfies, and find out how the knowledge and proper application of values can enhance your artwork of any subject. Most of the items I teach can be applied to any subject matter.

You can bring your own reference photos (prints or on tablet) if you wish. We will go over their suitability together. This will be pretty fast-paced and you will learn best if you do the homework that I will give out after each session.

Price: 6 sessions, total $150 members $180 non members

Ruth Squitieri

Ruth Squitieri was born and raised in a small town in Germany, before settling in Florida in her early 20s. She always had art in her life. While her family was very musical, she was the only one who always had a pencil or brush in her hand. After painting a lot in watercolor and acrylics, she discovered oils about 20 years ago. In 2008 she took her first plein air workshop and has been hooked to on-site painting ever since. Ruth currently includes quick pen and ink sketches in her repertoire, especially when traveling. She is now focusing on urban sketching with pen and ink washed over with fun splashes of watercolor.

Ruth loves to share her talent and knowledge and has been doing demos at artists’ groups as well as during paintout/plein air festivals in the Central Florida area for many years. She is a sought-after instructor at the Artists Workshop in New Smyrna Beach, teaching principles of Composition and Perspective along with an intensive immersion into art for beginners, head and figure drawing, and pen and ink sketching.


Ruth believes that working from life allows you to put the most truthful statement onto paper, and also the most interesting. “The camera doesn’t capture all the light and details in the shadows, but puts everything in focus. That is not how we see the world.” To this point she studies the scene that’s in front of her and puts down what nature presents her with, carefully repositioning certain elements, eliminating others, but always focusing on the quality of light (when painting in oils) or fun details (when doing urban sketching).

Ruth Squitieri
Port Orange, FL