Painting the figure and portrait

Course Dates: 22/11/21 - 13/12/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn to paint from a life model, full figure or portrait, with emphasis on portraiture. You will learn skills in observational painting, colour mixing and handling oil paints.
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Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00

Course Code: VM639

Mon, day, 22 Nov - 13 Dec '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

On this course we will examine ways of representing the human figure while building confidence in handling paint in figure and portrait painting. We will consider different methods of painting, such as coloured under painting, layering, 'scumbling' and explore distortion, balance and rhythm. A variety of poses and models will be used, to investigate painting techniques that free up handling but also develop control. There will be exercises and quick sketches leading to a more considered piece in the latter part of the course when a pose will be retained over a number of weeks.

What will we cover?

• how to describe form in the figure and head
• proportion and scale
• understanding issues of the figure in space - perspective and foreshortening
• weight in relation to posture
• emotional mood
• overcoming common mistakes made in figure and portrait painting.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- represent the figure and portrait effectively in painterly terms
- have an expanded sense of paint handling and technique
- begin to locate areas of personal interest and your own style
- produce paintings that demonstrate sustained investigation.

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

Suitable for all but drawing skills will give you an advantage.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Practical work, individual and group tutoring, group discussion, demonstrations, artists’ images and handouts. No homework.

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

The course fee covers basic materials, consisting of acrylic paint, basic oil paint, paper and brushes. If you wish to work on canvas you will need to bring your own. Advice will be given on preparing supports if oils are to be used.


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

If you would like to develop your interest in painting the figure and portrait over a whole year, you may wish to join the City Lit Year of the Figure and Portrait course. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your work in this genre by joining one of the following courses : VH883 ' Life drawing and painting studio', VH886 ' Life drawing and painting studio', VM903 'Portraiture studio: all levels', VM909 ' Drawing and painting studio: intermediate to advanced' or VM910 ' Contemporary portraiture studio: all levels'.

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