The Comprehensive Portrait Course covers the very basics to produce a portrait in just eight weeks and if you enjoyed the process then this Improving Portraiture Skills Course is an opportunity to keep practising and painting more portraits as we learn so much from each one we tackle! As well as consolidating what we learned on the first course, this course aims to help you advance more of your own personal style by looking at the works of a few great artists both past and contemporary. We have a fantastic advantage of being able to study great works of art across history and gaze first-hand at the master strokes of painters throughout the ages so in this course we will draw on our collective knowledge and discuss artists' work that can inform and inspire our own. The results as you can see below are a varied selection of experimental portraits in different mediums.
NEXT COURSE: Planned to start Wednesday 14th November - 19th December, in Bury or Thakeham (TBC). All spaces have now been allocated but please contact Kate if you are interested and would like to go on the reserve or waiting lists.
COST: £248 for 6 classes of 3 hours. Includes fee for hiring a model.
Course Outline Example
Week 1 - Planning, composition, style and the use of line - Ingres, Van Gogh, Picasso
Week 2 - Chiaroscuro - the importance of light and dark - Caravaggio, Rembrandt
Week 3 - Using colour - Rosetti, Seurat
Week 4 - Gesture and alla prima - Frans Hals, Singer-Sargent, Scheile, Munch
Week 5 - Paint that describes form - Rembrandt, Freud.
Week 6 - Environment, props and decoration - Gainsborough, Vermeer, Klimt
Cartridge paper or sketchbook; paper and canvas at your preferred size; paints or pastels (basic colours ie. Cadmium Red, Crimson Red, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Titanium White and Mars Black plus Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey and Flesh Tint)); mixing palette; a selection of hog hair and synthetic brushes to include a rigger; palette knives (optional); a board, table easel or easel; jars for water; HB, 2B, 4B and 6B pencils; charcoal & chalk or black and white pastels; long ruler; T-bar or set square; eraser; kitchen towel; protective clothing/apron; photos of people you would like to paint and artists' work who inspire you.
Student Galleries & Comments
Click on image or title to see a variety of students' work from each course
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