Portraits In Oils

Creative Learning |
23rd April 2019

Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Fee £87 | 5 sessions

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop portrait painting in oils, working direct from a model. It 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 technique and portrait compositions will also be covered. The higher fee for this workshop reflects using a life model each week.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
During the course you will learn to:
-Appreciate basic measuring techniques in relation to portraiture.
-Understand and paint tone and structure in relation to portraiture.
-Develop and apply some different oil paint painting techniques to portraiture.
-Appreciate the portraits of some other artists.
Methods of learning in the course:
Practical work. Demonstration. Group work. Group discussion. One–to-one. Looking at work by other artists. Peer learning. Self-assessment. Tutor assessment.
When you have finished this course you should be capable of:
-Oil painting a portrait with more confidence.
-Applying some different oil painting techniques to a portrait.
-Mixing colour and tone with purpose and meaning.
-Representing basic form and structure in oils.
-Appreciating a wider range of artists’ life paintings.

What do I need to bring with me?
All painting materials need to be provided by the students. Students are asked to bring one dark oil paint (black, burnt umber, ultramarine blue or another dark colour of your choice), a brush, material rags, turps or similar oil solvent (for washing brushes) and four surfaces to paint on to this first session (the surface should be cheap and well primed with an acrylic primer (e.g. gesso). Students should also bring a small note book and pencil.
When using art materials your clothes could potentially get dirty so you may wish to dress accordingly.

Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?
None. Students need to provide their own art materials.

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 and 2018. As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collected internationally, and works from her home based studio in Kendal. Her artwork focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.


23rd April 2019

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