The Painting Techniques of Anne Marie Grgich (Portraits)

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

6 Lessons – $72.25 $85

Work on six paintings in a fun frenzy using all manner of mixed media with internationally recognized Outsider Artist Anne Marie Grgich as she shares her approach to mixed-media painting. Anne demonstrates that creating expressive portraits is accessible to anyone.

Now available as a self-study class.


TEACHER: Anne Marie Grgich

Class Description

The Painting Techniques of Anne Marie Grgich

We all have an inner magical child. Letting our intuition guide our shapes and forms is a process that is fun, freeing and creates authentic results. We will do this by working on multiple paintings at one time, using any and all media at hand, as Anne demonstrates her beautiful way of working that is at once both intense and wonderfully casual.

Build, with paint and pens, faces that tell a story, speechless yet full of human emotion.

Create six portraits from start to finish in this unique class.


Class Itinerary

Lesson 1 – Start Six Paintings
Let’s begin! Draw six different faces that will interact in some way with each other depending on the positioning. In this first layer we will work with pens and acrylic paint washes.

Lesson 2 – Pens and Patterning
Balance the interaction between the characters with lines and colors and see the work slowly come into focus. Pick three colors of all kinds of felt pens and pencils to make underpainting marks including shading, lines, dots, outlines, patterns….

Lesson 3 – More Layers
Add layers of black and white paint using painted lines, dry brush, color washes and color “mounds.”

Lesson 4 – Defining the Details and Self-Leveling Gel
We are at the stage where we are defining the entire six portraits and bringing them all into focus together in tandem. More layers of pens, colored pencils, paint pens and self-leveling gel in areas to build surface interest.

Lesson 5 – Defining the Background; Glazes
Glazing layers on the different features. Add or define the background colors and texture, carve out areas add horizon line or more details of a place or keep the space open so the portrait can breathe.

Lesson 6 – Wax Crayons and Dorlands Wax
We are finishing all six paintings today. Add last minute details, wax crayons, your signature and finish with a layer of wax.

Anne Marie Grgich

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1961, Anne Marie Grgich began making spontaneous art at the age of 15, mostly junk constructions and clandestine paintings in her family’s books. She first introduced collage into her work around 1988, but took it to a higher level in 1997 during a period of illness. After her recovery she began to produce collage paintings – images of people encountered over time in the street and in mind journeys that manifest themselves and recombine, according to her mood, in the process of creation. Over the past 30 years, Anne has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions, and her books and paintings are in public and private collections worldwide.

Anne was mentioned in The New York Times in January 2018 and is exclusively exhibiting her prolific work with ZQ Art Gallery in NYC and New Jersey City (visit their site in April when they hold a huge international auction of her work!). Anne lives with her sweetheart and collaborator Steve Fisk, Seattle record producer. Together they create and support each other and live in the Ballard neighborhood.

See more of her work at

• Six 10″x10″ wood panels (can be cut pieces of plywood, cradleboards or even canvas)

• a selection of acrylic paints, including black and white

• a Fitch Fan brush and several other brushes, large and small

• Pens! Use what you have on hand… felt pens, acrylic paint pens, Sharpies, Bic pens, Copic markers… all colors and kinds.

Clear leveling gel

Dorland’s wax medium

Nuts & Bolts

This class is now available as a self-study class so you have instant access to all six lessons.

A private Facebook group is available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.

You will have indefinite access to this class.

“I'm so happy I signed up for this course! ” — Irene M.
“Anne Marie Grgich, you made my life better and happier with this course, thank you so much!” — Michelle L.
“An exciting challenge that pushes my boundaries and is really fun! ” — Janine O.