Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques

Course Dates: 12/10/21 - 02/11/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Explore dynamic approaches to drawing and painting portraits. This course will offer opportunities to try out a range of techniques to develop portraits working from the live model.
Suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as those wishing to refresh their practice or stimulate new ways of working.
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Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00

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Course Code: VM048

Started Tue, day, 12 Oct - 02 Nov '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will start with drawing, including framing a portrait, structure and composition, approaches to working from life and will then progress to painting. You will try out a variety of materials and techniques to produce a series of studies. We will be working from direct observation of a clothed portrait model.

What will we cover?

• Proportion
• Rotation of the head
• Methods for improving observational portrait drawing
• Tonal painting for portraits
• Individual characteristics that denote likeness.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Draw portraits more accurately
• Draw portraits from a variety of viewpoints
• Explain the principles of composition and apply it to your portraits
• Improve your rendition of tone in portrait painting.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as more experienced students who wish to refresh their practice or stimulate new ways of working.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn by practical demonstration, one to one tuition, tutor demonstration and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials are included.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Your tutor will discuss progression to further courses, such as life drawing or painting, or other drawing or visual art options, during the final session.

Andrea Voisey Tutor Website

Andrea studied Drawing at Camberwell College and textiles at Morley College, where she also did her teacher training. She has a passion for the macabre and much of her recent practice has focused on drawing animal skulls and skeletons. She has a particular interest in comparative anatomy which led her to devise the Anatomical Life and Portrait Drawing courses at City Lit. Observational drawing is at the core of her practice and she uses it as a means of recording the world around her, be it the clutter of the studio, a music gig or a specimen in a museum. Andrea has an energetic approach to teaching. She is highly communicative and strives to create a positive group dynamic whilst being sensitive to the needs of individual students. This has been enriched by her extensive experience as a life model which she has used as a unique opportunity to observe first-hand the teaching methods and creative processes of many artists and has applied this knowledge to develop her own distinctive teaching style. Examples of her work can be found at www.instagram.com/voiseydrawing

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.