Portraits in Oils

Art |
25th February 2020

25 Feb – 24 Mar | 1.00 – 3.30 pm | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | £89 (5 weeks)

Develop your skill and understanding of portrait painting in oils, working direct from a model. The course will cover good oil painting practice and learning to use different oil painting techniques for portraiture, including tonal painting and limited colour palettes. How to translate a portrait in oils, the use of some measuring techniques and portrait compositions will also be covered.

What will the course cover and how will it be taught? 
-Explore and experiment with a variety of oil painting mark-making techniques.
-Mix and paint colour with purpose.
-Develop composition work.
-Appreciate the work and oil painting techniques of other artists.

By the end of the course/workshop you will be capable of:
-Applying different painting techniques to your own practise.
-Having a more experimental approach to oil painting.
-Mixing and painting colour with purpose and meaning.
-Improved painted composition work.
-Identifying other artists work that you find particularly inspiring or influential.

What do I need to bring with me?
All painting materials need to be provided by the students. Students are asked to bring a basic range of oil paints (concentrate on primary colours like Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue plus Titanium White. For an extended palette add another red, yellow and blue of your choice. Other colours can be added as a personal preference) Also bring a range of brushes, material rags, turps or similar oil solvent for washing brushes, pure turps (or similar solvent) and artists oil medium to dilute your paint with. Bring up to 4 surfaces to paint on to this first session (the surface should be well primed with an acrylic primer (e.g. gesso) and can be anything from paper to board to canvas (it does not have to be expensive).

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 in 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


25th February 2020

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