Art Practical: Art Workshops 11 The Portrait 2

Ref: C3740240

The human form and primarily face is the most iconic emotive image, we attempt to capture this using all means of artistic expression. We will follow a teaching plan tuition and guidance with materials and technique will be given.

Additional information about this course

First session is an extra 30 minutes; ends 1pm.

Course aim

A continuation of the previous course with more emphasis on anatomy and structure of the human form, we will diverge in to an abstraction of that form in colour and line.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

This course will attempt to explore and to show the huge divergence and portrayal of portraiture and the human form, from early beginnings right through to modern art in this age of multi media, we will look at the different techniques used throughout time and at the cultural and social economic implications of this art form. We will look at our anatomy and try to understand the structure of the human body. We will enjoy our voyage of discovery with paper and paint in this exciting field.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1). To use sketches for ideas both drawn and written. 2). To show several finished well presented art works in several different mediums. 3). To express their personal individual development of style 4). A Self portrait. 5) Develop and addition to their own portfolio of work.

How will I know I'm making progress?

There will be weekly open discussion with the tutor, and personal monitoring of progress throughout the course. We learn by experiment, and group critiques (crits) allow everyone to explore results and provide critical feedback.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

A sketch book, pencils and paper to start with and any other desired materials. A simple drawing board is essential.. Other materials as necessary.

Reading and information sources

Everyone is encouraged to explore their interests and expand their knowledge, we do have a comprehensive library at The Studio and information is now widely available from local libraries to the internet, I am more than willing to help in any research project. I suggest the student collects brings as many examples of the portrayal of the human face ( photos, family pictures favorite art works).

What could the course lead to?

The tutor is there to help and guide, exploring further possibilities, further education, the discovery of an individuals creativity, the possibility of exhibitions and or continuation to other WEA courses.

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Art Practical: Art Workshops 11 The Portrait 2 Course Outline


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