What is the course about?
Explore portraiture through drawing and painting. Drawing can provide quick and accessible methods to look at elements like structure, likeness and mark-making. You will also further develop your skills in painting such as colour-mixing and building up a portrait in layers.
What will we cover?
Working form observation of a live model, you will develop your understanding and skills in relation to drawing and painting portraits. These include the use of proportion, colour as tone, how to convey structure, volume and expression. Looking at a variety of artist’s work you will also learn how different mark-making techniques can produce lively and expressive drawings and paintings.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Draw and paint the portrait head with improved accuracy.
- Understand better how to use colour as tone.
- Convey basic structure in the human head
- Use a variety of painting and drawing techniques for expressive effect.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for intermediate students or those with some previous experience such as having done Portraits 1 or life painting.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Talks, practical work, demonstrations, individual tutoring, group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All drawing and painting materials are provided.
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 will equip you with the skills to develop your portrait work on courses such as For those wishing to develop a personal practice in figure and portraiture over a year, City Lit Year of Figure and Portrait is highly recommended. Ideal shorter courses would be : VH759 'Experimental approaches to portraiture', VH854 'Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio', VH892 'Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio' and VM632 Contemporary portraits.
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