Art Portraits In Watercolour

14 Apr – 19 May | 1.00 – 3.30 pm | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | £104 (6 weeks)

This course will provide students with the opportunity to practice and develop watercolour skills working direct from a portrait model. It will cover colour mixing for portraits, different brushes and mark making techniques and tips on keeping it fresh and being confident. The use of drawing alongside watercolour for portraits as well as direct painting methods will be explored. 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:

  • Work more confidently in watercolour.
  • Choose and use colour with more confidence for portraits.
  • Be able to combine the discipline of drawing the portrait with lively watercolour mark-making techniques.
  • Be aware of a wider range of watercolour portrait 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:

  • Working more confidently with watercolour.
  • Applying some different watercolour techniques to a portrait.
  • Mixing colour and paint tone with purpose and meaning.
  • Appreciating a wider range of artists watercolour paintings.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Watercolour paper sheets. Watercolour paper of 140lb/300gms or less should be stretched, unless it is on a block. I would go for a ‘rough’ or ‘cold pressed/not’ surface, NOT ‘hot pressed’ as it is too smooth.
  • One brush is all you need, at least No. 10/12 in size as if it is a sable brush it will go into a fantastic point for any detail. If you want you can also to bring a large soft flat brush, at least ½ – ¾ inch. Also bring a slightly stiffer brush (artificial) to aid ‘lifting out’ techniques.
  • A range of watercolours. Good colours for flesh are – cadmium red, alizarin crimson, rose madder, ultramarine, cerulean blue, raw sienna, cadmium yellow, viridian green, burnt umber, burnt sienna…..white and masking fluid can also be useful.
  • Paper towels, water pots, pencil, mixing palette.
  • Colour watercolour pencils can also be used as an option.

Are there any additional costs?

No

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 collections 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. www.catherinemacdiarmid.co.uk

Catherine MacDiarmid

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