Morning Online Portrait Painting Course (Portraiture) 2024/25

£200.00

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Part Time Course
Tuesday and Friday Mornings
9.00am-12.30am
Total of 40 weeks of tuition

Deposit = £200
Cost =  £975 per term (3 terms per course)
Limited to 10 Students

6 in stock

Description

Morning Online Portrait Painting Course 2024/25

Before starting the course, we will run a few mock-up lessons to make sure that everything is set up well and runs smoothly.

Take your skills to the next level this year and learn the traditional techniques of classical realist art. The portrait painting course will teach you tried and tested methods going back to the Renaissance.

The course is now split into two half-day classes of 3.5 hours per class. Dividing the class into two days is more manageable for students’ energy levels. Students get to check in twice a week which can help to keep them on the right path with their course work.

  • Having a class twice a week helps to maintain the momentum of learning.
  • Students can have their homework checked twice a week which can help to keep them on track.
  • Students can catch up between classes if they have fallen behind.

Cost
£975 per term (3 terms per course)

Deposit
£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.

Timetable
One year academic studies 2024-2025.
Tuesdays and Fridays 9.00am-12.30am
Total of 40 weeks of tuition

Terms
1st Term
13th Sep – 18th Oct | Half Term | 29th Oct – 20th Dec 2024
Christmas Break
2nd Term
3rd Jan – 7th Feb | Half Term | 18th Feb –11th April 2025
Easter Break
3rd Term
22nd April – 23rd May | Half Term | 3rd June – 18th July 2025

Colour
The Online Portrait Painting Course is divided into two parts. The first part is Tone, the second part is Colour. The second part of the programme will focus on the theory and practical application of colour. We will be exploring the Full Colour Palette which lends itself well to the Alla Prima style of painting, giving it a fresh vibrant look.
The study of masterpieces is the quickest way to develop a visual vocabulary. During this term we will be looking at some of the modern masters of the Alla Prima technique to help us deal with the complexities of the full palette.
Through studying the masters and applying what we have learned we can start to develop our own style as a portrait artist.

Tutor
Louis Smith is a classically trained portrait painter who studied in Florence for three years. A painter of bespoke portraits he undertakes various commissions ranging from individuals through to families and professionals. To see some examples of his work go to louissmithart.com

Daily Schedule

  • Critiques from previous weeks homework asignment.
  • Theory behind the days lesson.
  • Demonstration of each step.
  • Class repeat the steps.
  • Assignment for further independent study to reinforce the lesson.

Topics Covered

Colour Wheel

Online Portrait Painting Course

Lesson
Lesson = Understanding Colour.  Hue, chroma and value explained. Deeper knowledge of complimentary colour and colour temperature.

Exercise = Colour wheel, mixing secondary and tertiary colours from primary colours. Mixing flesh tones, high chroma – low chroma,  warm and cool.

Model =  No Model.

Homework = Practice colour mixing exercises.

Outcome
Students will learn:

  • how to manipulate colour
  • how to mix flesh tones

Master Copy

Online Portrait Painting Course

Lesson
Lesson = Richard Shmid is a modern day master of Alla Prima portraits, the aim of this study is to emulate his loose high chroma style.

Exercise = Study a Richard Schmid portrait painting observing the use of colour, strokes and accuracy.

Model = Apply what we have learned with the Model.

Homework = Study Richard Shmid Portrait. Paint a portrait in similar style either sitter or photo reference.

Outcome

Students will learn:

  • colour mixing.
  • deftness of handling.
  • Bravura.

Assimilation

Online Portrait Painting Course

Lesson
Lesson = This Lesson is designed to push the boundaries of colour by assimulating  Richard Shmid’s approach to capturing the variety of colour in the face.

Exercise = Study observing the local colours of the face and exaggerated colour mixing.

Model = Referance of Paul.

Homework = Repaint the study to see how much you remember.

Outcome
Students will learn:

  • to push colour and it still look believable.
  • bravado.

Direct Painting

Online Portrait Painting Course

Lesson
Lesson = John Singer Sargent master copy. Now we are starting to refine the colours of the face by copying Sargents lower chroma colours.

Exercise = Break down the portrait in to simple planes of hue, chroma and value used by Sargent

Model = Lady Agnew portrait.

Homework = Repeat the exercise with another master copy.

Outcome
Students will learn:

  • to push colour and it still look believable.
  • bravado.

Features

Online Portrait Painting Course

Lesson
Lesson = This lesson is designed to observe and describe the subtlety of colour and tonal relationships by assimilating Sargents approach.

Exercise = Lower the chroma and maintain the planes to describe the form of the face.

Model = Reference of a young girl..

Homework = Repeat the exercise.

Outcome
Students will learn:

  • how to mix lower chroma colours.
  • Subtlety.

Refining

Online Portrait Painting Course

Lesson
Lesson = Softening edges, still observing the planes of the face but refining the variety of edges as when rendering each plane.

Exercise = Observing the variety of edges of each plane ranging from sharp to soft.

Model = Using a portrait model and reference.

Homework = Work on the portrait in their own time.

Outcome
Students will learn:

  • refinement of edges.
  • how to finesse the lessons learned so far.
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Tone
The tone part of the Online Portrait Painting Course is divided into two parts, drawing and tone.

Drawing
The secret to a successful painting is measuring tone and colour in that order.
First we start with the Sight Size technique which is copying the reference like for like. Once we are comfortable with this measuring technique we then progress to comparative measurements based on proportional units of measurement, this method is used when observing the model from a distance.

Tone
The next step is tone, we will be learning how to observe and describe 3-dimensional form without the distraction or complexity of colour.
Simplification is key, we start by using the model of the Asaro head as an armature to break down the features of the face into simple geometric planes. Training the eye to accurately compare the tonal relationships of each plane is crucial to painting a convincing portrait.
All images of the Online Portrait Painting Course are taken from Louis Smiths demonstrations when delivering each lesson.

Daily Schedule

  • Critiques from previous weeks assignment.
  • Theory behind the days lesson.
  • Demonstrate related exercises.
  • Class repeat the exercises

Topics Covered

Drawing

Online Portrait Painting Course

Lesson
Lesson = Students learn how to measure using the Sight Size method, learning how to map the features of the face.

Exercise = Students work from Charles Bargue master copies, then apply this method to the drawing of each feature.

Model = Charles Bargue master copies and photo references of the features.

Homework = Articulate the features of the face.

Outcome
Students will learn:

  • How to measure.
  • How to describe the features of the face.