Course Rosso "Expressive Realism: Figure Painting in Oil"



Expressive Realism: Figure Painting in Oil

Create an expressive oil portrait, combining realistic and abstract approach, go behind the techniques, catching emotions and making an effective composition with Rosso Crimson

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Portrait is a traditional art genre that will never lose its relevance. Resemblance and accuracy – these are the 2 main goals artists try to achieve when painting them. But what if there is something more than this?

In this guided course, you will explore an absolutely unique approach to creating portraits – expressive portraiture!

  • Learn to combine realistic image of a face with abstract surroundings

  • Get all the needed skills and knowledge to start with oil

  • Go behind the techniques, catch emotions, and stop copying

  • Wake up your creativity, start improvising, and raise your artistic voice!

Together with Rosso, you will create a magnificent portrait, following step-by-step explanations, and explore the new sides of contemporary art!

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Meet your instructor

Rosso Crimson

  • Born and raised in Sicily, Rosso moved permanently to London in early 2000. She worked in advertising before changing her direction to the visual arts. 
  • She has won several art prizes, starting with the 2016 “Emerald Winter Pride Award”, organized by Pride UK, where she won the First Prize with her self-portrait “Madame Moustache. This was shortly followed by another first prize for the Holly Bush “Emerging Woman Painter Prize”, leading to Rosso’s first solo exhibition. Now she’s already participated in more than 50 exhibitions!
  • Rosso has been featured in Colossal, Create Mag, Evolved Mag, MyModernMet, Artists&Illustrator; The Artist’s Magazine, etc and her painting “Climate Rebel” (2019) was on the cover of Arena Magazine (Australia).
  • Her work was sold to renown art collectors worldwide and exhibited in prestigious art institutions including MEAM (Museum Modern Art) in Barcelona.
  • In her work, Rosso focuses on the psychological and emotional dimension of the characters portrayed. She aims to leave room for interpretation and believes that ambiguity lends intrigue, appealing to our innate attraction to mystery.
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Certificate of completion 

(in Premium Plan)

Upon completion of the course for the students of Premium plan we issue a certificate. The certificate could be used as a proof of your qualification's upgrade at work (if it is related to arts) and for your private affairs as a recognition of your mastery in painting. 

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Which materials do you need for the course?


Titanium white, naples yellow (optional), yellow ochre, cadmium red, alizarin Crimson, Indian Red, Ivory Black, burnt umber (optional), burnt sienna


Сanvas or canvas panel or gessoed panel


A range of professional or high quality student brushes in a variety of hair type, such as:

- hog, sable , synthetic

- flat, long flat, pointed round, filbert

- long handle (mostly)

- 0 to 12+ sizes


Palette knives



Non toxic solvent

Non toxic oil painting medium (Zest it?)


In addition to this, gold/copper or silver metal leaf (imitation or real one)

Adhesive to seal the metal leaf onto the panel

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Our working hours:
Monday — Friday
7 am — 6 pm Central European Time (CET)