Drawing and Painting the Portrait with Cornelia Hernes and Stephen Bauman


  • August 19, 2020 - August 23, 2020
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this five day intensive portrait workshop, you will draw the portrait for two days and then paint the same model in the same pose for three days. While we will explore the portrait in these two mediums, we will also investigate the elements that remain a constant through these mediums, such as observation techniques and the foundation for structure.

In the drawing part of this course, participants will first be introduced to how to approach the model through seeing light and shadow. You will learn to construct a portrait first in line and later in masses of value. Topics to be covered include:

  • how to see value
  • how to construct the layers of a drawing
  • understanding the visual impression and the nature of shadow and light as they relate to a single-dominant-light-source situation.

When moving into paint, we will build upon this foundation and translate the gesture and proportions of the portrait into a larger value spectrum with the added dimension of color.

This course will include how to organize the palette for painting the portrait as well as observation techniques associated with learning how to see and translate hue, value and chroma. We will begin with broad brushwork developing the structure of the head from abstraction to detail while working with paint.

The structure of the workshop will be a combination of painting demonstrations and daily individual feedback, which will allow students of all levels, beginning and advanced to participate.

Our aim is to have a well developed portrait drawing and painting by the last day.

However, the ultimate goal is to gain a wider range of knowledge and experience to exercise and apply to future projects.

Cornelia Hernes will teach the painting portion of the workshop. Cornelia was born and raised in Norway and from the onset of her oil painting pursuits in her late teens, she was particularly interested in rendering the human form and emotive expressions through portraiture and mythological motifs. Cornelia achieved a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of Victoria, BC, Canada in 2003. In the summer months of 2002-2004 she studied with Odd Nerdrum in Norway. Following her BFA degree, she pursued a classical realist training at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy. On graduation, she was hired on as a Principal Instructor in the drawing and painting program. She moved to Gothenburg, Sweden in 2010 and taught at the Swedish branch of the Florence Academy of Art until 2016 when moving to New York to teach at the Florence Academy of Art, US branch. You can learn more about Cornelia on her web site.

Stephen Bauman will teach the drawing portion of the workshop. Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1980, Bauman’s family soon after that relocated to Miami, Florida where he followed his older brother into the world of graffitti. His early exposure to this art – the constant presence of paints and sketchbooks in his childhood home and frequent trips to local walls and warehouses– provided the younger Bauman with a strong foundation of the basics of design and drawing. But it was the years he spent from 2003 to 2009 studying and later teaching at the Florence Academy of Art, which enabled him to make a tremendous leap as an artist. His instructors taught him to look at the human figure, to see beauty in its proportions– to not, for example, draw the eyes and nose as distinct elements of the face, but to study the structures and anatomy of the head, to draw the ‘atmosphere’ around the model. They taught him to see all over again. Stephen continues to pass these principals down to a new generation of artists. You can learn more about Stephen on his web site.

This course will have a maximum of 12 students.

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16 Nelson Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2HN, United Kingdom
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