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Portraiture - Beginners & Improvers (C01426-161703)

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This Course has already started, please have a look at the alternative dates below or it may be possible to join some courses after the start date.

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Weekdays/Time: Mon (13:00 to 15:30)

Started: 24/04/2017 (Number of Weeks: 10)

End Date: 10/07/2017

Tutor Approval Required? No

Course Overview:

This course will give you a general introduction to portraiture. The emphasis will be on developing observational skills through drawing and/or painting from the model. Initially, you will look at the structure of the face and explore ways of representing its shapes and planes. This will begin with a series of drawing exercises where you will be taught to observe and record what you see using line and tone.

Following on from this, you will take steps into colour. This will begin with monochrome tonal studies and will gradually extend to a wider range of colours. You will explore both naturalistic and non-naturalistic colour. Naturalistic colour will include an examination of warms and cools and the earth palette, which can be used to portray natural-looking flesh tones. Each term will have a different character. Initially, the emphasis will be on building up skills and techniques through monochrome drawing. This will develop into colour, through either pastels or paint, depending on the interests of the group.

How to Enrol:

You can enrol directly online or in person at reception.

Entry Requirements:

This course is for beginners and assumes no prior knowledge but any previous drawing or painting experience will be beneficial.

Course Content:

Initially, each week will cover one aspect of portraiture, but as your skills develop, you will spend longer on each piece of work. You will begin by looking at the structure of the face and you will be shown basic measuring techniques to help you represent what you see, beginning with contour drawing. You will then be shown how tone and directional line can help you describe volume. From this, you will take steps into colour, either using pastels or paint. This will begin with simple monochrome studies and will develop to two/three colours. You will be introduced to both naturalistic and non-naturalistic colour. Naturalistic colour will include the concept of colour temperature and the classical palette, which can be the basis for representing natural skin colours.

Teaching methods include illustrated talks, demonstrations of materials and techniques, practical drawing/painting experience, exchanging ideas and experience with others, looking at the work of inspirational artists, individual tuition and feedback , and informal group critiques.

Assessment Methods:

Tutor and students assess work in progress verbally. Group evaluation discussions at the end of each session.

Additional Information:

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Bring To First Class:

Pencil and a rubber. A materials list will be given out in the first class.



Further Study and Career Opportunities:

Further Art courses at RACC

Information Advice and Guidance:

If you are looking for assistance on a new career path, course choice or looking for further opportunities then speak to our Information Advice and Guidance team.


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