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portrait painting
sunDAYS 2:30-5:30PM / mondays 6:30-9:30PM
INSTRUCTOR: Steve Williams
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In this class, you will learn how to paint realistic and expressive portraits. You will develop your skills in creating convincing flesh tones, light and shadow, and proportions of the face.
All levels are welcome, with beginners building form using a limited colour palette, and advanced students exploring creative brushwork in a full colour palette.

The instructor works with you at your own pace, offering technical and creative guidance, as you create alla prima (wet-into-wet) paintings in a single session, as well as long paintings over several sessions.

You will work from the live model, well-lit photographs, master copies, and plaster casts, in your choice of oils or acrylics.

Each class is supplemented with brief demonstrations, individual and group feedback, and suggested homework exercises.

Also included is a 3-hour demonstration once per month, in which a portrait painting is created from start to finish, with the instructor explaining the process step-by-step.
learning outcomes
In this class, you will learn a wide range of topics, including:
  • Alla prima (wet-into-wet) & indirect painting (wet-over-dry)
  • Painting in grisaille, glazing & imprimatura
  • Color theory: monochrome, limited & full palette
  • Hue, value & chroma
  • Mixing flesh tones
  • Proportions & construction of the head
  • Composition & figure-ground relationship
  • Turning form: painting glowing light
  • Warm & cool temperature shifts
  • Painting clothing & accessories
  • Expressive brushwork techniques
  • Block-ins
  • Poster studies
  • Sighting & measurement techniques
class format
sunDAYS 2:30-5:30PM
  • Live Model Sessions:
    January 20 + 27 // February 17 + 24 // March 24 + 31 // April 28
  • Master Copy + Photo Sessions:
    January 13 // February 3 // March 3 + 17  // April 14 + 21
monDAYS 6:30-9:30PM
  • Live Model Sessions:
    January 21 + 28 // February 18 + 25 // March 18 + 25 // April 15 + 22 //
  • Master Copy + Photo Sessions:
    January 14 // February 4 + 11 // March 4 + 11 // April 1, 8, 29
registration
Register here today to ensure your spot, as seats are limited and fill up quickly.
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