Get skills in: paint mixing for skin tones
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VH334
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Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
The 'Get Skills in' courses are aimed at those wishing to acquire or refresh skills in specific, vital art practices. This one is a must for life and portrait painters. Learn practical approaches to colour mixing in acrylic and oil paint to create a range of skin tones.
What will we cover?
We will cover colour mixing to match different types of skin tones. Working from
observation, we will explore how to develop a palette of warm and cool colours working from a live model.
Looking at artist images to learn from their particular colour palettes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Select a palette of colours appropriate to use
Use warm and cool colours to create form
Work from two shades to analyse colour mixes
Use brush marks to convey form and texture
Work with paint layers to extend depth of colour
Make notes to record discoveries.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some experience of portraiture/life painting would be useful but beginners would benefit from this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Practical demonstrations, handouts, individual support and group discussion, studio based practical processes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials provided. A notebook would be useful to write down colour mixing combinations etc.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any of the Life and Portrait painting courses: VM075 Focus on light and shade, VM479 Traditional Portraits intensive etc.
Ro Sylvester is a veteran of film and theatre, having made costume and props for productions such as ‘Hellraiser’ and ‘Legend’ back in the ‘80s. She ran a costume studio in Covent Garden for some time, supplying the Opera House and other West End Theatres with costumes and props. Ro also made many props and costumes for pop videos including Eddie Grant, Supertramp and New Order. From the early ‘90s, she worked in secondary and 6th form teaching, delivering exam courses in Design Technology, Textiles, Graphics, Computer Graphics and Model Making. Having retired from teaching three years ago, Ro has worked to private commission in retail display, commercials and theatre. She has also worked as a tutor at City Lit, teaching; Model Making, Prop Making, Perspective, Pastel drawing and general creativity skills. This year she is making props for Xmas displays for stores in New York, Bordeaux and London. Ro runs a lively and fast moving classroom, helping students to explore their potential and progress onto other courses where applicable. You can see much of her work and that of her students on her website.
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.