Portrait painting: two session pose

Course Dates: 08/06/24 - 09/06/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Develop a portrait from life: a structured course to build skills towards making a convincing portrait where the model keeps the same pose over 2 sessions to enable a sustained piece of work.
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Portrait painting: two session pose
  • Course Code: VM479
  • Dates: 08/06/24 - 09/06/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Sat-Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 2 sessions
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Luke Jones

Course Code: VM479

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Sat-Sun, day, 08 Jun - 09 Jun '24

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

This intensive and focused course is for students with some observational drawing or painting experience, wanting to
develop their skills in sustaining one portrait painting over 2 sessions.
The class will start with basic sketching in paint to develop a more complete painting. You will work
from observation from portrait models who will hold the same pose over 2 sessions.

What will we cover?

Rotation of the head
Methods for improving observational portrait painting
Tonal painting for portraits
Colour mixing in oil paint for portraits
Taking inspiration from traditional portrait artists.

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?

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, 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.

Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a practising artist working in both 2D and 3D, he studied at Chelsea school of art and Norwich School of art (currently called NUA) He has always been fascinated by observational art both in 2D, drawing and painting mostly in oil paint and in sculpture, mostly working with clay modelling and simple casting processes Portraits and figures are the central subjects to most of my current output I’ve undertaken portrait commissions both in paintings and sculptures and I have also worked with theatre making sculptures for a stage play

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.