Experimental approaches to portraiture

Course Dates: 01/06/18 - 06/07/18
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Sue Baker Kenton

Explore a variety of experimental methods, materials and approaches to drawing portraits. Develop a personal response to the sitter by using mark, surface, texture and gesture to convey emotion and meaning. For intermediate learners.


What is the course about?

This course offers an opportunity to examine afresh how you might approach portraiture.
This may be by drawing as a direct emotional response to the sitter using gesture and colour
Or alternatively, by using a more careful, highly referenced approach.

The practical activities will help consolidate and build technical skill and expertise.
The element of research and discussion will develop your concepts and reflection about how you choose to approach this subject.
The aim is to enable you to create informed, original visual responses.

What will we cover?

Each session will focus upon a different approach to the subject and include references to particular artists and their approach.

We will cover:
o Composition and Narrative – the face obscured
o Composition and Narrative – expression and scale
o Emotional response and Narrative- Gestural mark making using ink and washes
o Emotional response and Narrative – multiple heads
o Narrative - the sitter artist relationship and the observer viewpoint as used in portraiture.

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

By the end of the course you will have:
o An increased understanding of pictorial forms that can be used to create a psychological narrative.
o Produced a series of short studies and sustained drawings
o Considered a personal approach to portraiture
o Discussed eight images from different traditional and contemporary sources.

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

This course is suitable for intermediate students or those with some previous experience such as having done Portraits 1 & 2 or Life Drawing and Painting.

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

Talks, practical work, demonstrations, individual tutoring, group discussion.

There are optional research tasks and preparation/ extension exercises (using yourself as a model) for those that wish but these are not essential to the course.

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

All drawing and painting materials are provided. Two bulldog clips are very useful for securing your papers to the board and enabling a quick set up as the poses change.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

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

You may be interested in VH753 Build year of the figure and portrait for a more sustained exploration of the subject.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VH759

Fri, eve, 01 Jun - 06 Jul '18

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00
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