Portraiture in Oils

Ref: C2342719

A mixed ability course for all who wish to understand traditional and contemporary methods for creating a portrait in both drawing and painting. We will study the following elements; proportions of the head, rotation of the head, methods for improving observational portrait drawing, looking at structure and anatomy of the head, exploration of mixing on a palette to evoke flesh tones and colours, paint techniques,the use of colour and value to create an illusion of solidity and light. The class will start with drawing and progress to painting in oils. You will work primarily from observation of portrait models. Taking inspiration from traditional and contemporary portrait artists. Students will learn by practical demonstration, looking at the work of traditional portrait painters, one to one tuition, tutor demos and group discussion. In a supportive and relaxed atmosphere.

Course aim

A mixed ability course for all who wish to understand traditional and contemporary methods for creating a portrait in both drawing and painting. By working through a variety of techniques and methods students will be supported to create portraits.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Draw portraits more accurately
  • Draw portraits from a variety of view points
  • Draw a head that looks three-dimensional
  • Mix colours successfully from observation
  • Produce portrait in oils.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Portraiture in Oils

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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