Portraits 2

Course Dates: 22/01/24 - 25/03/24
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake drawing and painting practical projects which enable you to develop a more personal approach in the latter stages of the course.
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Portraits 2
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  • Course Code: VM667
  • Dates: 22/01/24 - 25/03/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Mon, Evening
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Brian Sayers

Course Code: VM667

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Full Mon, eve, 22 Jan - 25 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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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.


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 and Advanced Figure and Portrait. Ideal shorter courses would be : Saturday Portraiture Studio, Portrait painting 2 session pose, 'Anatomical life and portrait drawing.

Brian Sayers

Brian has taught painting and drawing for over 30 years in a variety of different places and at different levels. He graduated from the Slade School of Art in 1978 and has continued to practise painting ever since. He has had over 10 one-person shows in the UK and exhibited in Germany and the USA. Although still life has been a principle interest, he has completed a number of portraits and exhibited 3 times in the National Portrait Gallery and is often in the RA Summer Exhibition. Brian particularly likes to include knowledge of art historical contexts with practical work to extend students' methods and approaches. He aims to focus on painting from diverse periods and cultures to develop individual ideas. When teaching he hopes to encourage a liveliness of approach with a solid understanding of technical issues involved. This can, in his opinion, lead on to a more confident, personal approach.

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.