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Painting The Portrait From Life - NYC 
March 16-17, 2024.

Master Portrait Painting From Life During Two Transformative Days.

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About the Workshop

Embark on a transformative journey into the world of Portrait Painting From Life.


This immersive experience is designed for beginner to intermediate painters and enthusiasts alike, offering a unique opportunity to explore the timeless craft.

You'll dive deep into the nuances of capturing the human essence on canvas, learning techniques and strategies to capture a compelling portrait that is more than just likeness - it's elevated. 

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Live Model Painting & Drawing

Engage in the rare and invaluable practice of working with a live model, a technique that brings substance, liveliness, and emotion to your work.

Personalized Instruction

Benefit from personalized guidance tailored to your skill level, ensuring you take your work to new heights.

What We Will Cover


The essentials of portrait block in - to quickly achieve solid likeness.

How to simplify portraits into more essential and substantial forms.

How to flatter your model when working from life.

Strategies for starting a portrait.

How to mix the Apelles palette AKA limited palette to quickly achieve lifelike colors.

Essential oil painting techniques for creating a captivating portrait that 'breathes' with liveliness.


Painting Materials Included

We provide all necessary painting materials so you can focus solely on improving your skills. The materials are high quality and the same ones that Nic Thurman uses as a professional painter. 

Included Materials:

  • Linen Canvas with Old Master Oil Ground Preparation.

  • Da Vinci Natural Hog Hair Brush Sets.

  • High Quality Oil Paint.

  • Mediums - CCS Linseed Oil.

  • Palettes 

  • Masterwork References & Take Home Sheets

  • Easels

  • Conte Crayons for Drawing. 

  • & More

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The Instructor

My name is Nic Thurman

I'm a classical painter shaped by years of mentorship—from foundational teachings with Jeremy Caniglia starting in 2014 to the profound lessons in kitsch painting under Odd Nerdrum from 2018 to 2021.


Marked by a quest for the timeless masterpiece, my journey has taken my work from New York to Norway. Now I'm here to share all the knowledge I’ve gained along the way.


I’ll be offering all the portrait painting insights and techniques I learned firsthand on my journey - so you can quickly enhance your skills in a welcoming and enriching environment - and jump past the common road blocks, pitfalls, and frustrations that come with classical portrait painting.

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What My Students Say

"My work has improved significantly thanks to Nic's comprehensive mentorship. Structured, reliable, and accommodating.
It doesn't matter what level you're at in your painting; the beginner, intermediate, and professional all have a place here.
His technical and philosophical approaches to learning the craft of oil painting provide a more in depth and contemplative perspective on your work. I'm very happy with how my work is progressing and would recommend learning with Nic to anyone."

Serein, Vancouver

Upgrade Your Ticket to the
-Masterpiece All Access Pass-
To Receive The Following Benefits 
In Addition to the Workshop

Live Q&A ($720 Value)

  • Access to live Q&As for 12 months - 24 total - these live Q&As are normally exclusive to my paid members for $30 per session.

  • Even if you can't make it to the live events I'll answer all of your questions in the video recordings.

Early VIP Access to “Block in Bootcamp” - ($1250 Value)

  • Includes early access to the entire Block in Bootcamp course when it's released, exclusive VIP live Q&As & Cohorts, access to the VIP community chat, and extra references & downloads.

The Apelles Palette with Melissa Calabria Course ($30 Value)

  • This course is hosted by my highly skilled colleague Melissa Calabria. In this course she demonstrates how to use the full rainbow of the 4 color Apelles Palette for lifelike skin colors while painting on a self portrait. 

Early VIP Access to My New Painting Program ($3,000+ Value)

  • This program covers all the way from the basics of drawing, to life size narrative oil painting compositions. It currently has over 140 videos.

  • Starting in March I will be testing with a select group which you will be invited to join. The goal is to ensure the program is: simple, effortless to use, actionable, and answers every "road block" or small problem that prevents painters from improving.

  • Regardless of your skill level I want to ensure that the program addresses any question or issues you are faced with on your painting journey.

  • You will be a part of the live cohort group who interacts with me directly to get all of your questions answered - I will be filling in learning gaps and altering the program so that it's tailored just for you!

  • The learning bundle plus VIP access for 12 months would normally be over $3,000. That's truly a conservative price because it includes so many additional opportunities for personalized feedback that I don't normally offer. Normally I charge $150 plus $100 per hour for consultation calls. In this case you'll be getting twelve 1-on-1 calls with me which would normally cost $1,800. Plus you'll get VIP access to the course which would cost a minimum of $600. Not to mention all of the additional group calls and personalization where you'll have opportunities for direct feedback from me - easily an additional $600.

Access to the "Rembrandt Bootcamp" course ($300 Value)

  • In this course, I analyze Rembrandt's paintings in depth and cover the key techniques and effects with real time demonstration. It includes 13 videos, easily totaling well over 4 hours of course material. 

  • I'll be honest, the course is not a masterpiece. However, I do think there is still a tremendous amount of value in the information covered! 

  • Plus, I will be revitalizing the course to include a complete Rembrandt copy demonstration and improve all of the demonstrations. With lifetime access you will receive all of the future revisions!

100% Money-Back Guarantee 

  • I'm dedicated to delivering unparalleled value and transformative learning experiences. If you attend the workshop, actively engage with the courses offered as bonuses, and feel that you haven't gained any value, I promise to offer you a 100% refund.

  • This guarantee is my way of ensuring that your investment in yourself and your craft is completely risk-free. I believe in the quality and impact of my teaching so much that I'm willing to stand by it with this promise. Your growth and satisfaction are my top priorities.

  • Do I Need to Bring Oil Paint Materials?
    No. All oil painting materials will be provided for you! You will only need to bring a drawing book. The drawing materials I use and recommend can be found by clicking HERE . However, I will be providing conte! So you really only need a drawing book.
  • What do I need to bring?
    You will only need to bring a drawing book and a positive attitude. The drawing book I use and recommend can be found by clicking HERE
  • What Materials are Included?
    All oil painting materials will be included: High Quality Oil Paints & Mediums High Quality Oil Ground Prepared Belgian Linen Canvas Natural Brushes Easels Conte for drawing & More
  • How can I make the most out of this workshop experience?
    To fully benefit from the workshop, we recommend coming prepared with specific goals and questions. Engage actively in all sessions, practice the techniques demonstrated, and take advantage of the opportunity to network with the instructor and fellow participants.
  • How many people will be in the workshop?
    To ensure a personalized and engaging experience, the workshop will be limited to 10-14 students.
  • Will there be any take-home materials?
    Yes, participants will receive a handbook filled with valuable insights to continue to develop their skills after the workshop.
  • Can I get feedback on my work during the workshop?
    Yes, Nic Thurman will provide personalized feedback on your work, offering constructive critiques and suggestions for improvement. This personalized attention is invaluable for accelerating your growth as a painter.
  • Do I get to keep my painting?
    Yes. You get to keep all of the work you make!
  • Who is this workshop for?
    This workshop is designed for painters of all levels, from beginner to advanced looking to refine their portrait painting skills and deepen their understanding of the craft.
  • Are there any prerequisites for attending the workshop?
    There are no prerequisites. This workshop is open to painters of all skill levels who are interested in learning more about portrait painting.
  • What Experience Level Do I Need to Have?
    No skill level is required. With that said, you should have a very basic knowledge of oil paint and have some experience working with oil paint. It's probably not a good idea to join if you have never handled or mixed oil paint before. With that said, all skill levels from beginner to advanced are welcome!
  • When is the workshop?
    The workshop will be March 16th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm & March 17th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
  • Where is the workshop?
    The workshop will be at studio slew: 361 Stagg Street, Brooklyn NY 11206.
  • Is there a discount for early registration?
    Yes, we offer a significantly discounted early bird pricing option. However, this is only available for a very limited time. Please check the registration page for details.
  • How do I sign up for the workshop?
    You can join through this website. Simply click one of the buttons labeled "secure your spot" and submit your payment, and you're in!
  • What is the cancellation policy?
    You can receive a full refund until March 8th. After that, you have 48 hours after your ticket purchase for a full refund, but only until March 12th. After March 12th there are no full refunds. Cancellations made after March 12th may be subject to partial refunds or credit towards a future workshop. I will do my best to offer you a fair solution and I will still try my best to get you a full refund if I can.
  • Will food be provided?
    No, food will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch and there will be a lunch break both days.
  • Will there be a lunch break?
    Food is not included, but we will take a 45 minute lunch break each day. You are welcome to order food, go out for lunch, or bring your own food.

Portrait Painting Workshop NYC
March 16-17 2024




Studio Slew

361 Stagg Street,

Brooklyn NY 11206


Saturday: 9am - 5pm
​​Sunday: 10am - 4pm

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