Painting The Portrait

Art |
21st January 2022

Painting the Portrait | Fri 21 Jan to Fri 1 April | 1- 3pm | £150 (10 weeks)| 16+ | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Painting The Portrait course allows those with some drawing and painting experience to develop their painting skills through the discipline of portraiture. You will be guided through a series of painting exercises exploring different techniques, paint handling and colour palettes, with both water and oil-based mediums, developing good practice along the way. There will be a portrait model each week.

What will the course cover and how will it be taught?
Working directly from a portrait model you will be introduced to both water and oil-based paint, with time given to develop those skills as the course progresses. Learning and teaching styles will include tutor demonstration, practical tasks, group discussion and looking at examples of artists’ work.

Through a series of observational drawing tasks, you will learn to:

  • Appreciate basic measuring techniques in relation to portraiture.
  • Mix colour and tone with purpose and meaning.
  • Understand and represent tone and structure of the human form.
  • Develop mark-making with both water and oil-based painting mediums.
  • Appreciate the works of other artists in relation to portraiture.

By the end of the course, you will be capable of:

  • Using some basic measuring techniques in relation to portraiture.
  • Mixing colour and tone with purpose and meaning.
  • Representing basic form, structure and colour of the human head.
  • Using a variety of mark-making within the painting.
  • Appreciating a wider range of artists’ portraits.

Important Information
Please note there is no class during the week beginning 14 February.

What do I need to bring with me?
Drawing boards and easels will be provided.

  • You will need to bring some paint to the first session, and this can be either acrylic, oil or gouache. You need only bring three colours (yellow ochre, dark brown and white).
  • Surfaces – bring at least 4 non-expensive surfaces (paper, lining paper etc).  For oil and acrylic, painting surfaces should be primed with an acrylic primer.  You can reuse old surfaces by priming them in gesso (white acrylic) primer (or household emulsion mixed with a bit of PVA glue).
  • Bring a size range of brushes, and any other equipment you might need with your chosen paint (pots, palette -some old board or a big plastic lid will do for this – solutions, rags etc).

When using art materials your clothes could potentially get dirty so you may wish to dress accordingly.

Are there any additional costs?

About the tutor
Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait Award for young artists in 2001/2.  She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019.  As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is collected internationally and works from her home-based studio in Kendal.  Her art work focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.

Catherine MacDiarmid






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21st January 2022

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