Drawing and painting portraits: contemporary approaches and techniques
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VM934
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course will explore a variety of drawing and painting techniques and processes to develop your confidence in portrait painting to make a more contemporary response. Alongside traditional skills of how to structure and proportion the human face and how to mix skin tones, you will learn how to construct and compose a contemporary painting, using expression and imagination to produce a personal response.
What will we cover?
The course will explore a variety of techniques such as
Application of paint,
Understanding light and tone
Impasto paint (thick direct paint)
Composition including cropping
Notions of 'identity' in contemporary portraiture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Successfully compose a portrait painting
- Mix oil paint more successfully
- Improve technical understanding of using oil paint
- Identify areas to improve on in your portraits.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels but some drawing experience, particularly in life drawing would be an adavantage.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Optional homework will be set
- Group exercises
- Individual practical work
- Most tuition will be one to one tutorials
- Some demos and slide shows / short lectures will be included in the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to enrol on any of the Portraits 1, 2 and 3 courses which include painting and run throughout the year. For more experimental approaches try Contemporary portrait studio or Experimental Approaches to Portraiture.