Portrait Painting in Acrylic (2-Day School)

Ref: C3127953

An introductory course to portrait painting in acrylic. Guided exercises will help you to see like an artist - in terms of tone, shape and colour, to bring dimension and realism to your work. Initial studies will be based on photographic references, to develop observational skills. By the end of the course, you will paint a self portrait rendering skin tones and colours.

Additional information about this course

Please note that this intensive course runs in a single week. Sessions take place on Monday and Wednesday with Zoom sessions running from 10:15 - 11:45 and then 12:15 - 1:45pm.

Course aim

Enjoy learning new skills at a relaxed and friendly pace. Explore mixing skins tones using a limited palette to create vibrant and naturalistic portraits in acrylic. Have fun and share ideas.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Observe and record tonal (light and dark) shapes within a portrait.
  • Mix a range of base skin tones using a limited palette.
  • Explore visual elements such as colour, shape and texture to create engaging and naturalistic portraits.
  • Build confidence in creative work by exploring art techniques / processes and sharing ideas with others.

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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

What else do I need to know?

  • See Canvas for a full Materials List. Acrylic Paint Colours: Titanium White, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue Surfaces - cartridge paper, hardboard, mount board or canvas. Paper for sketching, soft pencil (6b), putty rubber Acrylic brushes Access to a printer?

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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

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Portrait Painting in Acrylic (2-Day School)

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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