I recently finished running the Spring Oil Portrait short course for Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. Trying to teach life-size oil portraiture properly within in two weeks is nearly impossible. But this group did well and I am very proud of their results.
For those who want to know more below is brief explanation of what happens.
The short courses are essentially condensed versions of the regular training that occurs at Cecil Studios. The basic didactic philosophy is to provide a historically valid training that addresses the major principals, methods and materials utilized by great artists from the past. Projects are developed using the sight-size approach as it was originally intended: life-size portraiture. Working exclusively under natural light, the student begins with drawing in charcoal from the model. Over the first 3 days, two portrait drawings are created (morning and afternoon) for the transfer to canvas. The remaining sessions are dedicated to painting with a limited palette and olio-resinous medium. In addition to the discussion of the practical stages of picture making a museum visit to Palazzo Pitti and a lecture explore the evolution of Renaissance and Baroque portraiture, focusing on the Florentines, Titian, Rubens and Van Dyck.