Painting a portrait from photographs

Course Dates: 26/04/20 - 24/05/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Anne Teahan

This new portrait course will show you how to develop a painting with vitality and a convincing ‘likeness’, by working from photographs. It will take inspiration from artists whose paintings explore the human face and use photographic sources in a compelling way.


What is the course about?

Week by week you will learn how to build a life-like portrait painting from photographs by following a process inspired by artists who work from human subjects. Starting with the essentials of drawing with charcoal & acrylic paint, you will develop paintings in tone and colour, leading to a fully realised and expressive acrylic or oil painting derived from your own portrait photographs.

What will we cover?

Through weekly painting projects and exercises, students will learn:
- How to analyse the structure of the human face and frame your subject (using charcoal and acrylic paint).
- How to represent the face through tonal values.(in acrylic and oils).
- How to mix colour- tones in relation to the human face (in oils).
- How to choose and use personal photographs effectively to compose your portrait paintings.
- How diverse artists such as Vermeer, Degas, and Richter have used light and photography in their paintings of human subjects.

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

- Draw and paint the structure of the human face more accurately.
- Represent the face through tonal values.
- Mix transitional colour- tones in acrylics and oils.
- Use personal photographs effectively to paint a fully realised, well-composed and expressive portrait painting.
- Understand how artists have used photography as a tool for painting.

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

Suitable for students of varied levels of experience. Some basic drawing and painting experience such as Drawing 1 or Painting 1 would be helpful.
Students should be able to use a camera or phone to take photos which are clear enough to print and paint from. Or they may have existing collections of photos to bring in. The tutor will advise on suitable images.

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

Practical painting demonstrations, slide shows of artists’ work, one to one tuition and group discussion. You may wish to research suggested artists in between sessions.
During the 5 weeks, in between lessons, you can take photos and/or collect personal portrait photos to bring in for the course. Tutor will advise.

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

All basic Painting and Drawing materials are provided, but you may wish to bring in your own primed canvas or board for the final project in week 5.
For week one, tutor will bring in a supply of images to work from.
Tutor will advise on collecting and bringing in images during the course.

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

A variety of portrait and or life classes at City Lit including Portraits 2, Painting portrait classes.
From September - The City lit Year of Portrait and Figure course or the Advanced Year of the Figure and Portrait
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.

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.

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VH339

Sun, day, 26 Apr - 24 May '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £299.00
Concession: £299.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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