Portraiture Painting

Ref: C3741076

This course introduces the basic techniques used in portraiture. Working from enlarged photographs, students learn to accurately draw the head, neck and face and to use light, shade and colour to create a likeness. The course finishes with a painting project.

Course aim

To introduce beginners to the art of portraiture in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Who is the course for?

None required.

What topics will this course cover

Accurate drawing of the head, neck and face. Using light and shade to create a likeness. An introduction to painting portraits.

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:

Produce a reasonably accurate drawing of the head, neck and face. Use light and shade to create a likeness and to suggest three dimensions. Produce a portrait painting using a range of techniques and colours. Experiment confidently with drawing and painting materials for enjoyment.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Individual learning plans, group and paired assessment, as well as one to one tuition.

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

None required, but students are encouraged to research and bring in their own source materials, photographs etc.

Reading and information sources

None required.

What could the course lead to?

The course is introductory. On completion learners may wish to move to a higher level in portraiture and other art and design courses.

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Portraiture Painting Course Outline


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