Part Time Painting Program (Portraiture)
£975 per term (3 terms per course)
£200 and the remaining balance of £775 is to be paid 3 weeks before the start of the Academic Year. Details will be sent in the confirmation email.
One years academic studies 2023-2024.
Total of 40 weeks tuition
16th Sep – 28th Oct | Half Term | 11th Nov – 23rd Dec 2023
6th Jan – 10th Feb | Half Term | 24th Feb – 23rd March 2024
6th April – 25th May | Half Term | 8th June – 20th July 2024
Take your skills to the next level this year and learn the traditional techniques of classical realist art. The portrait painting program will teach you tried and tested methods going back to the renaissance.
Term 1 Underpainting
The first term will be divided between two types of underpainting, the first half “imprimatura” using one pigment and the second half “Grisaille” using two pigments.
We will be using this method to ease the transition from drawing to oil paint. It’s a similar process to drawing as we use the white of the canvas for the lights whilst adding paint for the darks.
The beauty of this technique is its simplicity. There is no need to mix colour, the paint can be applied directly to the canvas just like using a pencil.
Imprimatura stems from Italian and means “first paint layer”. This technique is traditionally used as an underpainting which is a monochrome version of the final painting. The intention is to fix the composition and the tonal range before adding colour.
We will be using this technique to introduce students to the art of mixing paint beginning with two pigments (black and white ) before moving on to the complexities of colour.
Grisaille is a term used for a monochrome painting using shades of grey. A Grisaille may be painted for its own sake or used as under-painting. The difference between this technique and the Imprimatura is that the lights are built up using impasto paint layers.