Warm and Cool In this lesson the students learn the traditional method that John Singer Sargent would used for his final painting whilst under the tuition of Carolus Duran. Students learn how to model the shape of the head using warm lights and cool halftones for the overall shape and features. The finishing steps add [...]
Aim of this Project First Part going over the basics. Teaching students how to organise the palette, mix secondary and tertiary colours, the tonal value of each colour and mixing complimentary colour. Second Part is to put the theory into practice, paint a portrait observing the variation of colour in the skin tones, hair, shirt [...]
Grisaille Afternoon This was the second part of a two part project. The aim was to put into practice the steps they had covered in the morning. The biggest hurdle students faced was the panic of a new challenge. If the students are well practised and can concentrate on the job at hand then they [...]
Grisaille Mornings This Grisaille was the first part of a two part project. The aim was to get the most from the model attending in the afternoons. The class rehearsed each step in the morning working from photo references in preparation for the model coming in the afternoons. This was the last grisaille before starting the [...]
Below are some images from the Charcoal portrait workshop in July. Every workshop has a range of abilities from beginners to the more advanced. Students get a lot out of this workshop as it combines the broad strokes of painting with the delicate handling of graphite. Below are some images [...]
For this homework, the reference was more challenge the students as the viewer is looking up at the subject from a three quarter angle. The previous lessons on perspective help to untangle the visual problem of representing such an extreme angle of the face.
In this lesson the students learn how to get the most out of the limited palette as used by Zorn on a self portrait. This is a good exercise to learn how Zorn simplified the shapes of the face and how he simplified colour structure. Below the class are working on the finishing touches [...]
In this lesson the students learn how to get the most out of the limited palette by using both opaque and glazing techniques. This method could be compared to a coloured grisaille with glazes to add chroma and depth to the features of the face. The students learn how to deal with HUE and CHROMA [...]