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.

Course Content

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.

Entry Requirements

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

First Class Requirements

Pencil and a rubber. A materials list will be given out in the first class.

Attendance Requirements


Assessment Methods

Tutor and students assess work in progress verbally. Group evaluation discussions at the end of each session.

Further Study Options

Further Art courses at RACC

Additional Information

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