Portraiture - Beginners & Improvers

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Portraiture - Beginners & Improvers: This course will give you a general introduction to portraiture. The emphasis will be on developing observational skills through drawing and/or painting from the model. Initially, you will look at the structure of the face and explore ways of representing its shapes and planes. This will begin with a series of drawing exercises where you will be taught to observe and record what you see using line and tone. Following on from this, you will take steps into colour, through either pastels or paint. This will begin with monochrome tonal studies and will gradually extend to a wider range of colours. You will explore both naturalistic and non-naturalistic colour. Naturalistic colour will include an examination of warms and cools and the earth palette, which can be used to portray natural-looking flesh tones. As your skills develop, you will spend longer on each piece of work. Teaching methods include illustrated talks, demonstrations of materials and techniques, practical drawing/painting experience, exchanging ideas and experience with others, looking at the work of inspirational artists, individual tuition and feedback , and informal group critiques. Course Outcomes � You will learn how to use basic measuring techniques to observe and record contour from observation � You will use knowledge of basic geometry of face to help draw face/features to scale and in proportion. � You will describe what tone is, and what it does, and record tone using a range of materials and techniques � You will develop a palette of colours, using pastel, for portraiture

Additional entry requirements

This course is for beginners and assumes no prior knowledge but any previous drawing or painting experience will be beneficial.

Course reference: C01426192003 (use this when contacting provider)

Course info
Start Date: Mon 27th April 2020


Richmond, TW9 2RE


1:00pm - 4:00pm


9 weeks


Part time day


No Qualification

From: £230

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by Neville - October 2017

Started career as cartoonist Eagle Girl Robin and drawing live telling stories BBC/ITV childrens progs. before becoming music entertainment staff producer. So it was with trepidation started once more with Life classes at RACC.very rusty seeing all the faults. however tutor is marvellous very accomodating allowing freedom introducing different approaches showing various artist's style etc. and easy with everyone giving simple help and advice. Continuing and also going to try the Portraiture class. Richmond College is excellent.

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