Portrait Painting from Life

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Intermediate drawing experience recommended.

In this three-session workshop, students will learn the essential principles of painting the human face in oils. Emphasis will be placed on capturing a model’s likeness, blocking in shapes of light and shadow, and choosing colors to create a lively surface and a lifelike painting.
Class 1: Students will start a portrait. There will be one pose by a model for this class period. Students will learn drawing techniques to create a strong foundation for the painting. Arranging a color palette, and mapping areas of light and shadow will be demonstrated and practiced.
Classes 2 & 3: Students will start a new portrait with a different model, and will continue this painting for two class periods. After repeating the steps introduced in Class 1, the portrait will be developed beyond the basic block-in phase. Applying finishing effects for hair, eyes, and other features will be explained and demonstrated.
If desired, materials may be purchased from VisArts and will be on hand at the first class. Or, materials may be purchased at any good art supply store.

PAINTS

38 ml tubes, please buy at least student grade, no scholastic level paint.

  • Cadmium yellow, Cadmium orange, Cadmium red, Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine purple (or violet),Cobalt blue, Cerulean blue, Pthalo green, Mars black, Titanium white, Raw Umber

BRUSHES

Brushes are important and you need to buy at least student grade brushes, no scholastic or craft brushes.

  • Natural bristle brushes:  #2 filbert, #4 filbert, #8 flat, #12 flat, #2 round
  • Soft watercolor brushes: #4 round, #6 round

OTHER

  • Wooden Palette and Knives Set
  • Odorless mineral spirits (You must make sure it is odorless.)
  • Linseed oil or gel
  • “Silicoil” spring jar (for mineral spirits) (This is mandatory as you can not clean brushes in VisArts sinks)
  • Stretched canvas or canvas board. Suggested two canvas boards and two stretched canvas.


 

 

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