Oil painting: focus on portraiture

Course Dates: 03/03/24 - 17/03/24
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.
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Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00

Course Code: VM013

Sun, day, 03 Mar - 17 Mar '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This is a mixed ability course for all who wish to understand traditional methods for creating a portrait in both drawing and painting. The class will start with drawing and progress to painting in oils. You will work primarily from observation of portrait models.

What will we cover?

- Proportion
- Rotation of the head
- Methods for improving observational portrait drawing
- 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...

- Draw portraits more accurately
- Draw portraits from a variety of view points
- Understand composition and apply it to your portraits
- Draw a head that looks three-dimensional
- Prepare a surface for painting a portrait
- Mix colours successfully from observation
- Improve your rendition of tone in portrait painting.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Open to all students.

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 traditional portrait painters, one to one tuition, tutor demos and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All basic materials are provided for the course. Students may wish to purchase a canvas or board for the portrait painting element. Your tutor will advise you about this during the class.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing info@londongraphics.co.uk with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The City Lit Year of Figure and Portrait course will start again in October or you may wish to join one of the following courses at the end of this term:
Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio
Experimental approaches to portraiture.

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.