Painting traditional portraits intensive

Course Dates: 27/07/20 - 30/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Luke Jones

Learn and develop your skills in oil painting portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will tackle projects to capture likeness, character and to develop your own personal style.


What is the course about?

This intensive and focused course is for students with some observational drawing or painting experience, wanting to understand more traditional methods for creating painted portraits in oil.
The class will start with basic sketching in paint and progress to making more completed paintings.

What will we cover?

You will work primarily from observation of portrait models.

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

- Paint portraits more accurately
- Paint portraits from a variety of viewpoints
- Understand composition choices and apply it to your portraits
- Draw a head that looks more three dimensional
- Make a tonal portrait painting
- Mix colour in oil paint.

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

Open to students with some basic drawing or painting experience.

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

You will learn by practical demonstration, looking at the work of traditional portrait painters, one to one tuition, tutor demonstrations and group discussion.

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

All basic painting and drawing materials are provided, but you may want to bring a canvas or board to paint on.
Otherwise you can use primed paper that will be provided.

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.
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.


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Marvellous models with great heads in the studio for 2 day or 4 day poses.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/08/2019)
Very enjoyable and good models but think 4 days prob bit too long and time 10.30 - 4.30 would be better
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/08/2019)
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Course Code: VM479

Mon-Thu, day, 27 Jul - 30 Jul '20

Duration: 4 sessions

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £182.00

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