Portrait Painting


Portrait Painting with Ben Lustenhouwer

Portrait Painting Workshop

For the 10th year Ben Lustenhouwer comes to Atelier Faubourg in France to give his popular Workshops. Ben Lustenhouwer wants to share his knowledge with the painters who want to improve themselves in Portrait Painting. If you want to join this Workshop you need already some experience on this matter.

The lessons will take 5 days: every day from 9 am – 12 am, a luscious French lunch and in the afternoon we will continue from 2 pm – 5 pm.

The number of participants will be limited, max. 8 persons

Price, including 5 lunches: €625,- (accommodation is not included)

Accommodation in La Charité sur Loire  or ask Agnes for other guesthouses and the camping.

Dates for 2018 are:

  • Week 1 – June 18 – June 22   ( Fully Booked )
  • Week 2 – June 25 – June 29 ( Fully Booked )
  • Week 3 – July 2 – July 6  ( Fully Booked )

When all workshops are fully booked you can still sign-up, which places you automatically on the waiting list. 



 The subjects in this Workshop will be:

  •     How important the knowledge of anatomy will be.
  •     Photo sessions and the preparing of these photos for Photoshop.
  •     The composition, and the sketching before painting.
  •     Preparation of the Canvas.
  •     How to compose your palette and how to make skin colors.
  •     The use of Medium.
  •     The Oil Painting itself.


What to bring?

For the students of the summer courses 2018: Here is the list of materials. But do feel free to bring the materials that you normally use!


We can provide photo-material for 3 portraits, although experience has shown us that most people prefer to use their own. The photographs must satisfy a number of requirements: it is advisable to use simple lighting. For example, indoors, the subject should be positioned diagonally opposite to a window. Using artificial light it is important that the tone of the photo is not too yellow or too purple and not too pale. Preferably no “flash snaps”.

The print must have the format in which it is going to be painted, at least A4 size. Very important: the print must be of good quality. If the size is a problem, then it is a good idea to get a black and white enlargement from the copy-shop. In the course we will use the tracing method to transfer the drawing on the canvas. Please look carefully at the first part of this video.

Acrylic paint:

  • raw siena

Oil paint

  • ivory black
  • ultramarine blue (light or dark)
  • cerulean blue
  • viridian green
  • permanent yellowish green light
  • chromium oxide green
  • alizarin crimson or permanent madder
  • burnt umber
  • burnt sienna
  • cadmium orange
  • terra rosa ( Winsor & Newton )
  • cadmium red light
  • cadmium red deep
  • yellow ochre
  • raw sienna
  • cadmium yellow light
  • titanium white


  • Polyester fibres, Filbert or Cat’s tongue no ́s. 8, 10, 12.
  • Polyester fibres, Round, pointed no ́s. 6 (for the highlights)
  • Bristle, Filbert or Cat’s tongue no ́s. 10, 12, 16, 20.


  • 4 x stretched linen canvas or canvas board. 30 x 40 cm approximately. (good quality!)Bring the canvas already prepared at home with three extra layers of Gesso.
  • At least 5 sheets of transparant paper A3 or 10 sheets A4
  • White spirit to rinse the brushes.
  • A roll of kitchen paper.
  • Charcoal
  • 1 Normal pencil HB or 2B
  • 1 red colour pencil. No watercolour pencil!
  • Palette
  • Palette knife

7Ben Lustenhouwer lives and works in Spain, is a very experienced and well known painter, who exclusively paint his portraits by assignment. His commissions are coming from all over the world.

You can see Ben’s paintings on his website: lustenhouwer.com or visit his blog: paintingportraittips.com


Contact Information:
Cultural Center – Atelier Faubourg
12 Quai Léopold Sédar Senghor – 58400 La Charité sur Loire, France

phone: +33 (0)386380731
mob:    +33 (0)673208087


Watch this interview with 3 students 



Here you will find testimonials of students who joined a Portrait Painting Workshop:

Els Swart:

September 2013,

I want to thank you both for a really special week. I am happy with what I learned in Ben’s class, it was extremely helpful and will be applied to my personal level of portraiture. I have taken many workshops and classes over the past 20 years and have never had such a wonderful environment to take a class in. The studio was bright, comfortable and extremely suited for painting. The highlight of each day was the delicious lunch you prepared Agnes. It was a work of art! Overall, the workshop atmosphere was ‘heel gezellig’ and well worth traveling from Canada to experience. Thank you, Els

Carina Bergsma-Kroeze:
July 19th, 2012 12:31 pm
Ik ben al weer even terug uit het mooie Frankrijk, maar wat heb ik genoten van de week portretschilderen bij jullie! Wat was het fantastisch! Elke dag aanschuiven voor de heerlijkste gerechten, niet alleen lekker, maar ook een lust voor het oog.. Geweldige les van Ben, de gezelligheid, mooie verhalen, fijne accomodatie. Dank jullie wel!!

Anke Otten:  
July 12th, 2012 1:38 pm
Net terug van vakantie waarin een week schilderles van Ben Lustenhouwer bij Atelier Faubourg. Wat heb ik genoten van de goed verzorgde cursus met fantastisch lekker eten, gezellige mensen en dit alles in een voor ons onbekend gebied in Frankrijk die (hoe kan het bijna nog anders) ook weer erg goed bevallen is. Ik heb zoveel geleerd! Ben, Agnes, Bas en Tania heel erg bedankt voor de goede, inspirerende dagen bij Table Tableau en ook voor mij hopelijk tot ziens! Anke Otten

Hanneke Lambert:  
July 8th, 2012 12:45 pm
We just finished the 1 week course of portrait painting by Ben Lustenhouwer. And what a great week it was! We learned all the steps of how to oil paint a portrait from the beginning which was/is incredible usefull when you want to paint a portrait. I have also discovered with this course what I like and don’t like of my own painting. I am very gratefull for Ben to have given his 30 years of experience in this course. Thank you Ben! Also Agnes and Bas are seriously the best host in France. and believe me I am not an easy person to please 🙂 I would give this course a 10 out of 10! Hanneke Lambert

Cindy Woon: 
July 7th, 2012 12:35 pm
We have just completed 1 week of Portrait Oil Painting Master course with Ben Lustenhouwer. We have learned a lot, from converting photos to sketches, especially oil color mixing and how to blend in the colors of the fleshtones etc. Ben has giving us the guidance required but at the same time allow us room to attempt on our own and allow us to have our style. He is truly a portrait master, a great teacher and a person. Bas and Agnes has been a wonderful host, fantastic lunches of international cuisine by Agnes and Tania. Well done ! I look forward to seeing the website in English. Best wishes to All Cindy W

Dominique Godeke – Coenen: 
July 2nd, 2012 5:30 pm
….,Wat een leerzame periode moest zijn, voor wat betreft portretschilderen, is meer geworden dan wat ik had verwacht… Gastvrij is een understatement gebleken, het is alsof we jullie al langer kenden, alsof jullie familie waren.. Heel fijn, heerlijk verzorgd eten, prachtige verhalen en, onbetaalbaar, de humor, die jullie hebben, maakt het tot een feestje! Een feestje waar ik weer heel graag naar terug zou willen.. 🙂 Dank voor jullie oprechte vriendelijkheid, niet alleen de geweldige les van Ben, maar ook jullie houding heeft mij ENORM geinspireerd Dus : tot ziens! Dominique Coenen