Portrait Painting: an Indirect, Classical Method


  • August 10, 2020 - August 14, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

In this 5-day workshop, you will be introduced to an indirect painting method for classical portraiture. Using comparative measurement, you will paint a head and shoulders portrait from life in raw umber and lead white. Next, you will execute a small full palette study that determines the specific color mixtures and establishes, in the most simplified manner, the value range that will best achieve a light effect and create volume. This study is subsequently used as a reference for the remainder of the workshop.

Continuing over the dried underpainting, a first tint of color will provide an optimal surface to subsequently explore transparent and semi – transparent chromatic layers of colour, followed by translucent passes of white.

The instructor will demo on glazing and scumbling and lecture on subjects including value organization, planar modeling, color temperature and edge quality.

This course is taught by Emanuela De Musis. Born in Boston, Emanuela travelled to Italy in 2008 to study drawing in Florence and subsequently enrolled at the Academy of Realist Art Boston where she now teaches. She holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon and is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts. In 2015, she was listed among Poets and Artists Magazine’s 50 Memorable Painters. Her painting, Miss Rachel, was awarded the Gold Medal at the Guild of Boston Artists’ Regional Juried Exhibition and in 2016 won First Place in the Portraiture Category of the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon Competition. She also placed second in that same category with her painting, Fritter and Waste. Most recently, she was awarded the Collections Magazine Award in the 14th Annual Art Renewal Center International Salon for her painting Catherine of Siena. She is currently working on a series of paintings that deals with fertility, pregnancy and motherhood.

This course has a maximum of 12 students.

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