Weekend Workshop in Portrait Painting

‘If a painting of a person is good enough to be elevated to the realms of art, then it is the duty of the sitter to resemble the picture’ Auguste Renoir

The workshop aims to introduce both complete beginners and people who already have some experience with drawing and painting to the world of portraiture and to demistify the problems surrounding making a convincing picture with a satisfactory likeness. Emphasis will be placed on initial drawing and the use of light and colour in the creation of a portrait. Demonstrations will be given throughout the workshop.

Saturday

Morning - A brief introduction to the history of portrait painting. Understanding how to structure a portrait head through drawing from a model. Demonstrations will be given at each stage.

Lunch - After Lunch - First underpainting working from a model using acrylics

Afternoon - Understanding glazing, the use of fan brushes and the build up of light to explain form

Sunday

Morning - Students will work at their own individual pace. At this stage some students will wish to continue with the painting they started on the Saturday, while others may wish to start afresh.

Lunch: Methods of changing and improving the painting

Tea: Finishing touches, highlights, final glazes. Final plenary session and well deserved resfreshments or a glass of wine!

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