Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

Course Dates: 10/06/20 - 24/06/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

The 'Get Skills in' courses are aimed at those wishing to acquire or refresh skills in specific, vital art practices. This one is a must for life and portrait painters. Learn practical approaches to colour mixing in acrylic and oil paint to create a range of skin tones.


What is the course about?

This course introduces students to colour mixing to match different types of skin tones. Working from observation, we will explore how to develop a palette of warm and cool colours working from a live model, photographs and a selection of artist paintings.

What will we cover?

- Organising a palette, choosing colours
- Warm and cool colours/the colour wheel
- Colour mixing from two shades in oil according to a light source
- Working from a variety of visual sources
- Using mark-making to deconstruct forms
- Scumbling paint to create paint layers.

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

- Select a palette of colours appropriate to use
- Use warm and cool colours to create form
- Work from two shades to analyse colour mixes
- Use brush marks to convey form and texture
- Work with paint layers to extend depth of colour
- Make notes to record discoveries.

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

Some experience of portraiture/life painting would be useful but beginners would benefit from this course.

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

Practical demonstrations, handouts, individual support and group discussion, studio based practical processes.

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

All materials provided. A notebook would be useful to write down colour mixing combinations etc.

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

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Tutor Biographies
Brian Sayers

Brian has taught painting and drawing for over 30 years in a variety of different places and at different levels. He graduated from the Slade School of Art in 1978 and has continued to practise painting ever since. He has had over 10 one-person shows in the UK and exhibited in Germany and the USA. Although still life has been a principle interest, he has completed a number of portraits and exhibited 3 times in the National Portrait Gallery and is often in the RA Summer Exhibition. Brian particularly likes to include knowledge of art historical contexts with practical work to extend students' methods and approaches. He aims to focus on painting from diverse periods and cultures to develop individual ideas. When teaching he hopes to encourage a liveliness of approach with a solid understanding of technical issues involved. This can, in his opinion, lead on to a more confident, personal approach.

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.

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Course Code: VM433

Please choose a course date 

Wed, eve, 10 Jun - 24 Jun '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £73.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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