Portraits 1

Course Dates: 30/09/19 - 02/12/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Brian Sayers

Learn how to represent people in drawing and painting through practical experience of the basic skills and key concepts involved. Includes scale and proportion, tone, three dimensional form and colour. Basic materials included.


What is the course about?

Through practical experience we will learn how to represent people in drawing and painting. We will also develop your knowledge of the basic skills and key concepts involved making portraits. This Includes learning about scale and proportion in relation to the human head, Use of lighting, tone and colour and a chance to experiment with drawing, painting and mixed media.

What will we cover?

Working directly from the model we will make making observational studies and interpretations. We will learn about composition and key themes from the Art Historical traditions of portrait making. This will include the option of self-portrait projects and using narrative references in making portraits. We will look at how information can be gathered through sketching and brought together in a finished piece. There will be short projects around improving observational drawing throughout the course as well as content structured to your individual needs.

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

- Develop your drawing from observation of the portrait subject
- Use painting techniques and colour mixing relevant to portraits
- Experiment with a range compositions and make a selection
- Recognise narrative elements and a historical references in portraits.

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

Ideal for beginners but also mixed level.

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

The class will be primarily practical with one to one tuition, exercises, demontrations, Informal lectures and group discussions.

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

No, paint, brushes, boards & paper are provided, the tutor will advise students if they wish to buy additional art equipment.

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

There are a vast array of art classes at CityLit to progress onto in particular other portraiture classes (STATE) and courses such as art foundation and citylit fine art courses where students could progress to Degree level.

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definitely recommend - it is fun and I learned a lot.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/07/2019)
A great course for introducing techniques & different approaches to painting & drawing portraits. As someone who has never used paint, it really helped start me off!!
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Review by N/A / (Posted on 09/12/2015)
I really enjoied this course. Teacher was very attentive, supportive to each student's personal style and also well prepared. Instructions were clear and very helpful.
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Review by Artofill / (Posted on 10/07/2015)
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Course Code: VH497

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Mon, eve, 30 Sep - 02 Dec '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £349.00
Concession: £213.00

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