What is the course about?
Through practical experience we will learn how to represent people in drawing and painting. We will also develop your knowledge of the basic skills and key concepts involved making portraits. This Includes learning about scale and proportion in relation to the human head, Use of lighting, tone and colour and a chance to experiment with drawing, painting and mixed media.
What will we cover?
Working directly from the model we will make making observational studies and interpretations. We will learn about composition and key themes from the Art Historical traditions of portrait making. This will include the option of self-portrait projects and using narrative references in making portraits. We will look at how information can be gathered through sketching and brought together in a finished piece. There will be short projects around improving observational drawing throughout the course as well as content structured to your individual needs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Develop your drawing from observation of the portrait subject
• Use painting techniques and colour mixing relevant to portraits
• Experiment with a range compositions and make a selection
• Recognise narrative elements and a historical references in portraits.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideal for beginners but also mixed level.
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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No, paint, brushes, boards & paper are provided, the tutor will advise students if they wish to buy additional art equipment.
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