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About the Course
Do faces fascinate you? Draw and paint from the model and learn to make portraits that are solid and realistic. Use knowledge of proportion, anatomical structure, tonal contrast and colour theory to improve your drawing and experiment with acrylic and/or oil painting. Perfect for beginners and for returners wishing to build on and practice skills.
By the end of the course you will be able to
To know what to look for when drawing and painting portraits (visual analysis)
Use a variety of drawing and painting materials.
To be able to make a portraits look solid and realistic.
To be able to mix colours and skin tones.
To refer to both the great masters and contemporary artists for inspiration
Class format and activities
This is a practical course and you will spend most of your time drawing and painting. Your tutor will set different tasks for the class, as well as encouraging you to develop a personal style. There will be demonstrations and explanations of different approaches to portraiture. Tuition is given to the whole class and on an individual basis. You will also be encouraged to take part in discussions of artists' work and to learn from each other's different ways of working.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This class is for all abilities. Beginners are welcome. Intermediate and advanced learners will be encouraged to develop their skills.
What you need to know before you enrol
This class takes place in D11 which is on the first floor with no lift access.
What you will need for your class
Materials are provided for beginners for the first session, when you will be given a suggested materials list. For subsequent sessions, some materials may be purchased at cost price from the Art Store. An apron or overall will be useful. Intermediate/advanced learners may like to bring in their own pencils, charcoal, watercolour, oil or acrylic paints and canvas.
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