Portraits 1

Course Dates: 03/05/19 - 05/07/19
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Desmond Haughton

Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression. This course is ideal for both beginners and improvers.

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  • Portraits 1

Portraits 1

  • Portraits 1

What is the course about?

A chance to find out about and improve your understanding of this fascinating genre through practical drawing and painting activities. The course provides an introduction to portraiture through drawn and painted representations of a model. Explore artists' work though a gallery visit with an accompanying assignment. You will investigate the technical and expressive possibilities of portraiture.

What previous students liked most about their course:
"Encouragement to go out of my limits in a very comprehensive way"
"Practical and exciting"
"Good atmosphere for learning"

What students have achieved on their course:


What will we cover?

We will explore different approaches to represent the human head and investigate varied compositions, lighting setups and viewpoints. You will apply these skills to explore the possibilities within portraiture using a range of media and techniques.

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

-Represent the human head using a variety of drawing and painting techniques
- Select, compose and edit visual information in a drawn or painted portrait/self-portrait
- Investigate and respond to an artist’s use of expressive elements in portraiture.

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

This course is suitable for beginners. Some drawing or painting experience is an advantage but not essential.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

Practical projects in drawn and painted media from observation of the live model. One to one guidance, group discussion, refection and evaluation. You will make a case study of a chosen artist's work.

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

All basic materials are provided, though an A4 sketchbook to keep a record of course assignments and make notes and sketches is recommended.

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?

This course leads directly to the next level course, Portraits 2. It is recommended that you complete both courses in order to maximise progress and development in this subject.

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


Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

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A great course for introducing techniques & different approaches to painting & drawing portraits. As someone who has never used paint, it really helped start me off!!
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Review by N/A / (Posted on 09/12/2015)
I really enjoied this course. Teacher was very attentive, supportive to each student's personal style and also well prepared. Instructions were clear and very helpful.
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Review by Artofill / (Posted on 10/07/2015)

Book your place

Course Code: VH502

Fri, eve, 03 May - 05 Jul '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £329.00
Senior fee: £329.00
Concession: £201.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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