Portraits 1

Course Dates: 19/04/21 - 05/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Portraits 1 is the Ideal course for complete beginners or those looking to return to the subject of protraiture. Working with a range of sitters, you will learn the core principles and approaches to drawing portraits and will also start to work with paint. Delivered through step-by-step practical exercises, you will experience the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression.
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Full Mon, eve, 19 Apr - 05 Jul '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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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. 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- Recognise historical references in portraits.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, demontrations, Informal lectures and group discussions.

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

All basic materials 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?

Portraits 2.

Andrea Voisey Tutor Website

Andrea studied Drawing at Camberwell College and textiles at Morley College, where she also did her teacher training. She has a passion for the macabre and much of her recent practice has focused on drawing animal skulls and skeletons. She has a particular interest in comparative anatomy which led her to devise the Anatomical Life and Portrait Drawing courses at City Lit. Observational drawing is at the core of her practice and she uses it as a means of recording the world around her, be it the clutter of the studio, a music gig or a specimen in a museum. Andrea has an energetic approach to teaching. She is highly communicative and strives to create a positive group dynamic whilst being sensitive to the needs of individual students. This has been enriched by her extensive experience as a life model which she has used as a unique opportunity to observe first-hand the teaching methods and creative processes of many artists and has applied this knowledge to develop her own distinctive teaching style. Examples of her work can be found at www.instagram.com/voiseydrawing

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.