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Portraiture (Art)

Course overview

Do you have a passion for art? Do you have a keen eye for detail? This course is designed for the beginner to gain an understanding of the basics of the human face and to receive an introduction into where portraiture sits in the world of art.

This course is taught by a professional artist and experienced teacher; her work is exhibited both locally and nationally.

This course offers the opportunity for the student to both develop their artistic skill and share their ideas in a comfortable and friendly environment with like-minded people. Students will be encouraged to visit local exhibitions and artists talks.

Drawing materials for the first session and a small sketchbook will be provided. Students will need an A4 sketchbook containing cartridge paper. Full details of other equipment will be provided at the first session.

Course Modules

The first half of the course will concentrate on drawing and representing features of the face from different viewpoints. Using photographic reference material students will be shown how to work accurately from a photograph whist still maintaining individuality.

The second half will concentrate on colour and tone, working with acrylic, watercolour and coloured pencil.

Over the course reference will be made to role of portraiture in both historical and contemporary art.

What can I do next

This course uses photographic reference for subject matter. It is designed to lead into a further course using live models to work from.