Art Practical: Art Workshop 12 The Portrait 2

Ref: C3740277

Portraiture and self portrait is the study of and portrayal of the human face we are following a long tradition within the human cultural sphere. We will be attempting the portrait with diverse artists techniques and materials.

Additional information about this course

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

Course aim

A portrait is a portrayal of a person, we will endeavor to captured a likeness a personality or mood of the person by drawing and painting our subject.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

A portrait and the self portrait is a painting or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant to display the likeness, personality, or mood of the person as in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. I hope to be able to provide a model for some of the sessions and we will try and work from life. Of course there will be instruction in different techniques and various methods of artistic representation.

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). Basic composition skills in a picture 3). To show several finished well presented art works in several different mediums. 4). To express their personal individual development of style 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 recommended. Anyone that has an easel is very welcome to bring it along and use it.

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. Students are encouraged to share and explore their discoveries with the group.

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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