Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VH498
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Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course will explore a variety of drawing techniques and processes to develop your confidence in drawing portraits and to make a more confident response. You will develop traditional drawing skills of how to structure and proportion the human face towards constructing and compose a painting.
What will we cover?
Rotation of the head
Methods for improving observational portrait painting
Tonal painting for portraits
Colour mixing in paint for portraits
Taking inspiration from traditional portrait artists.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use greater skill and accuracy in observations of the structure of the head from a range of viewpoints
- Build sensitivity towards light and shade to develop form in the human head
- Improve colour mixing, colour temperature, consistency and brush application.
- Develop a portrait in paint informed by observational drawing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those students with some portrait drawing experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn by practical demonstration, looking at the work of portrait artists, one to one tuition, tutor demos and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials will be 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.
Amanda Bracken started her teaching career at the Serpentine Gallery, researching, developing and delivering projects to a range of audiences, which illuminated the art work on show in the exhibition programme, including a teachers’ pack for the Bridget Riley exhibition. She also gained substantial experience developing projects and workshops within the education departments of The Drawing Room, the Estorick collection, The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria Miro Gallery in particular Alice Neel: Portraits. Bracken holds an MA in Fine Art gained at Central Saint Martins. She also holds a BA in joint Art/Dance and a PGCE gained at Goldsmiths College London. Brackens paintings, drawings and installations have been selected for exhibitions in London and nationally including the Drawing Room, ASC Gallery, C and C Gallery and Atkinson Gallery Millfield. ‘I am interested in colour and form in all its permutations and the qualities of the substance of painting and drawing-the figurative, the abstract and the in-between. Citylit has a diverse Art department where I can use my experience to stimulate students to develop their own work'.
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.