Venue: Raw Umber Studios
- August 21, 2021 - August 22, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
This two day workshop is ideal for artists of all levels who would like to gain experience in painting the portrait from life in oils. No experience is necessary – there is a maximum of 12 participants and the tutor will customise the course according to your individual needs. Participants will work on a single portrait over the course of the weekend.
In this class, you will learn:
- How to create a portrait from start to finish
- How to achieve a realistic likeness
- The importance of gesture and anatomy in portraiture
- The importance and principals of drawing, values, edges and colours
- How to mix colours and paint realistic flesh tones
- Which brushes to use when, and how
Painting a portrait can be overwhelming at first. In this course you will learn a structured, reproducible approach, starting by blocking in big shapes and then gradually moving to the details. You will gain confidence in tackling this complex subject, and improve your observational skills along the way.
Depending on your experience and goals you will have the choice of:
a) using a limited palette (the ‘Zorn’ palette). This constraint of using only red, yellow, black and white lets you create surprisingly accurate flesh tones, while simultaneously reducing the complexity of colour mixing.
b) using a full colour palette
This course is taught by Anastasia Pollard. Anastasia studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Florence Academy of Art. Her work has been included in the annual exhibitions of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and has featured in the BP Portrait Award in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2017. Anastasia is a member of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
This course has a maximum of 12 participants.