Portrait painting: two-day pose for intermediates

Course Dates: 29/03/20 - 05/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Enjoy spending two Sundays painting a portrait from a single pose. Working in layers of tone and subtle colour, you'll create a richly resolved and expressive portrait painting.


What is the course about?

For improvers to intermediates, over two days explore painting the structure of the portrait head. Investigate light and shade on the portrait, improve colour mixing, colour temperature, tone, consistency and brushwork to develop a sustained, more confident and expressive painting.

What will we cover?

- Practice key measuring techniques to improve observations of the structure of the head from your chosen viewpoint.
- Improve accuracy of shape, proportion, asymmetry in the portrait head
- Observe and record how light and shade affects the portrait
- Practice and improve colour mixing in cool and warm tones.
- Explore techniques of layering paint, consistency, brush handling and glazes
- Compare and discuss techniques of portraiture using a range of historical and contemporary examples.

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

- Develop a sustained portrait over two days, layering paint, modifying and refining work.
- Improve skill and accuracy in observations of the structure of the head from a range of viewpoints
- Build sensitivity towards light and shade on the portrait
- Improve colour mixing, colour temperature, consistency and brush application.

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

Intermediate and advanced level, some experience of life drawing needed.

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

The class will be primarily practical with one to one tuition, exercises and demontrations
Informal lectures and group discussions. No additional homework.

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

The course fee covers all basic materials, consisting of acrylic paint, paper and brushes.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

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

Further Life and portrait classes such as Portraits 1 and 2, and the City Lit Year of the Figure and Portrait.

Tutor Biographies
Amanda Bracken Tutor Website

Amanda Bracken started her teaching career at the Serpentine Gallery, researching, developing and delivering projects to a range of audiences, which illuminated the art work on show in the exhibition programme, including a teachers’ pack for the Bridget Riley exhibition. She also gained substantial experience developing projects and workshops within the education departments of The Drawing Room, the Estorick collection, The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria Miro Gallery in particular Alice Neel: Portraits. Bracken holds an MA in Fine Art gained at Central Saint Martins. She also holds a BA in joint Art/Dance and a PGCE gained at Goldsmiths College London. Brackens paintings, drawings and installations have been selected for exhibitions in London and nationally including the Drawing Room, ASC Gallery, C and C Gallery and Atkinson Gallery Millfield. ‘I am interested in colour and form in all its permutations and the qualities of the substance of painting and drawing-the figurative, the abstract and the in-between. Citylit has a diverse Art department where I can use my experience to stimulate students to develop their own work'.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VH027

Sun, day, 29 Mar - 05 Apr '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £149.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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