Online Portrait Painting Course 2020/21

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Cost = £2950

Deposit = £200

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Online Portrait Painting Course 2020/21

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.

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. For more information of the class structure go to Online Art Classes Structure.

  • 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.

The Video above is an example of our online course to see more about the class structure go to Online Art Classes Structure.

Cost
£2950

Deposit
£200 and the remaining balance of £2750 is to be paid 3 weeks before the start of the Academic Year. Details will be sent in the confirmation email.

Try before you buy. Before joining the course we will arrange a Zoom meeting to make sure you’re comfortable with the process before going ahead. The Zoom meeting will cover sharing images, recording and critiques.

Timetable
One year academic studies 2020-2021.
Tuesdays and Fridays 9.00am-12.30am

Terms
1st Term = 22nd Sep – 30th Oct | Half Term 3rd – 6th Nov | 10th Nov – 18th Dec 2020
Christmas = 22nd – 25th – 29th Dec / 1st Jan
2nd Term = 5th Jan – 12th Feb | Half Term 16th – 19th Feb | 23rd Feb – 2rd April 2021
Easter = 6th – 9th – 13th – 16th April
3rd Term = 20th April – 28th May | Half Term 1st – 4th June | 8th June – 16th July 2021

Term 1 Underpainting
The first term of the online portrait painting course will be divided between two types of underpainting, the first half “Imprimatura” using one pigment and the second half “Grisaille” using two pigments.

Imprimatura
Imprimatura stems from the Italian and literally means “first paint layer”. This technique is traditionally used for the underpainting stage. The intention is to make sure the composition works before adding colour.

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. It’s a similar process to drawing as we use the white of the canvas for the lights whilst adding paint for the darks.

Grisaille
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 an underpainting. The difference with this technique and the Imprimatura is that the lights are built up using impasto paint layers.

Daily Schedule Includes

  • Theory behind the days lesson.
  • Demonstration of each step.
  • Critiques of classwork and independent study.
  • Assignment for further independent study to reinforce the lesson.

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Topics Covered

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Drawing

Online portrait painting course burnt umber wash drawing of an eye

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 master copies then they are required to apply what they have learned for themselves.

Model = Master copies and photo references of the features.

Homework = Practice painting the skull from a different angle.

Outcome

Students will learn:

  • How to make a correct line.
  • How to measure.
  • How to describe the features of the face.

Anatomy of Light

Online portrait painting course burnt umber drawing anatomy of light

Lesson

Lesson = How to render form using the wash drawing technique using the white of the canvas for the lights and building up the darks using a dry brush which is similar to a pencil drawing.

Exercise = Follow the steps listed to illustrate form in relation to the anatomy of light.

Model = Polystyrene, ball, square and cylinder.

Homework = Repeat the steps in class using the ball and cylinder.

Outcome

  • Understand the anatomy of light.
  • How to render form.

Rendering the Head

Online portrait painting course burnt umber drawing of the head

Lesson

Lesson = Rendering the head. This is the last of the wash drawing exercises pulling together all the principles taught so far.

Exercise = Follow the 23-step guide.

Model = Photo reference.

Homework = Practice this technique using a sitter or reference photo.

Outcome

Learn all the steps to complete a rendered wash drawing portrait.

Skull

Online portrait painting course grisaille painting of a skull

Lesson

Lesson = Introduction to Grisaille technique, mixing two colours using black and white paint.

Exercise = Paint a skull using the monochrome palette paying careful attention to edges.

Model = Working from the skull.

Homework = Practice this technique, painting the skull from a different angle.

Outcome

Students will learn to:

  • mix paint and use of medium.
  • manipulate paint on the canvas.
  • work wet into wet paint.
  • edge manipulation.

Asaro Head

Assaro Head Realist Academy

Lesson

Lesson = Using the Asaro Head, find the tonal range of each facet so they all work together to create a solid, believable structure. There are lots of sharp edges to consider!

Exercise = Paint a Asaro Head using a monochrome palette paying careful attention to the tonal relationships and fine edges.

Model = Asaro Head.

Homework = Practice this technique painting the head from a different angle.

Outcome

Students will learn:

  • the subtleties of tonal relationships.
  • edge manipulation.
  • structure of the face.

Applying the Asaro Head

Online portrait painting course Grisaille portrait

Lesson

Lesson = In this lesson we will applying the planes of the Asaro head to a human face.

Exercise = Break down what appear to be the rounded forms of a young woman into simplified planes.

Model = Working from a reference image to produce above portrait.

Homework = Repeating the same process from a photo reference.

Outcome

Students will learn how to render subtle skin tones and the details of the face using monochrome paint.

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Timetable
2nd Term = 5th Jan – 12th Feb | Half Term 16th – 19th Feb | 23rd Feb – 2rd April 2021

Term 2 Limited Palette
The second term of the online portrait painting course will focus on gaining control over the limited colour palette. We can expand our palette once we’ve learned to use the palette effectively.

In this term we will be using 3 primary colours. A full palette can overwhelm the beginner offering too much choice. A limited palette simplifies the thought process and forces the student to get the most out of the materials instead of adding extra colours.

This is not a just a means of teaching people how to paint, Zorn and other great painters have used a limited palette to create some beautiful work.

Daily Schedule Includes

  • Theory behind the days lesson.
  • Demonstration of each step.
  • Critiques of classwork and independent study.
  • Assignment for further independent study to reinforce the lesson.

Topics Covered

Zorn Palette

Online portrait painting course Zorn limited palette swatch

Lesson
Lesson = Introduction to the Limited Palette. The object of this lesson is to find the range of the colours we will be working with over the next term.

Exercise = Mix a primary and secondary colour chart. Illustrate the hue, saturation and value of each colour.

Model =  No Model.

Homework = Practice colour-mixing exercises.

Outcome
Students will learn how to mix secondary colours and find the range of each colour.

Limited Palette

Online portrait painting course limited palette portrait

Lesson
Lesson = Colour mixing. We will be studying the hue, saturation and values that make up the features of the face.

Exercise = Using a photo reference. Mix the hue, saturation and values of the face.

Model = Apply what we have learned to the portrait model.

Homework = Repeat this exercise with the reference provided.

Outcome
Students will learn:

  • how to mix colour, temperature and value.
  • the method of traditional portrait painting.

Master Copy

Online portrait painting course limited palette master copy Sargent

Lesson
Lesson = Master Copy of Carolus Duran by John Singer Sargent.

Exercise = Value and temperature underpainting – refining using glazes overpainting.

Model = Master Copy by John Sargent.

Homework = Repeat this exercise using a different example by John Sargent.

Outcome
Student will learn how to create the sense of volume using warm and cool tones, how to squeeze the most colour from a limited palette.

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Timetable
3rd Term = 20th April – 28th May | Half Term 1st – 4th June | 8th June – 16th July 2021

Term 3 Full Palette
In the third term of the online portrait painting course we will be exploring the full colour palette which has a much broader range of colour. It lends itself well to the Alla Prima style of painting giving it a fresh, vibrant look.

We have learned from previous terms that the study of masterpieces are the quickest way to develop our eye. In 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 a full palette.

Through studying the masters and applying what we have learned with a portrait model we can start to develop our own style as a portrait artist.

In the last half of the term we will spend some extra time producing an exhibition piece for the end of the year show.

Daily Schedule Includes

  • Theory behind the days lesson.
  • Demonstration of each step.
  • Critiques of classwork and independent study.
  • Assignment for further independent study to reinforce the lesson.

Topics Covered

Alla Prima Intro

Online portrait painting course full colour portrait

Lesson
Lesson = This lesson is designed to push the boundaries of colour. We can tone the colours down as we progress through the term when we get used to mixing paint.

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

Model = Apply what we have learned with a portrait.

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

Outcome
Students will learn:

  • how far you can push colour and it still look believable.
  • confidence.

Bravura

online painting course master copy Richard-schmid

Lesson
Lesson = Richard Shmid is a modern-day master of Alla Prima portraits, the aim of this study is to emulate his loose, yet accurate, 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 a Richard Shmid Portrait. Paint a portrait in similar style with either a sitter or photo reference.

Outcome

Students will learn:

  • colour mixing.
  • deftness of handling.
  • bravura.

Idealisation

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Lesson
Lesson = Now that we’ve learned how to observe and describe the colours of the face its time to idealise. There’s a difference between what’s there and what works in a painting. For example Jeremy Lipking’s cool purple and blue flesh tones accentuate a woman’s femininity.

Exercise = Study a Jeremy Lipking portrait observing the use of cool purples and blues in the darker half tones.

Model = Apply what we have learned to the model replacing the local areas of green with shades of violet and blue.

Homework = Study Jeremy Lipking Portrait. Paint a portrait in a similar style with either sitter or photo reference.

Outcome
Students will learn the importance of idealisation over reality.

Testimonial
‘This was a brilliant course for me – I learnt more on it than on all the adhoc leisure and taught courses I’ve done combined!  It was very challenging though so prepare to be brave as Louis gives no nonsense feedback! I enjoyed the experience and felt being in a group with like minded people under expert guidance was very motivating!’
Sarah Sharp

‘I really enjoyed my year studying under Louis. It is certainly as challenging as it is fun, and I have learnt so much about academic portrait painting. Louis is very approachable and knowledgeable, and my fellow students were lovely people. Louis has opened my eyes to portrait painting in a way that I could never have imagined possible’
Andrew Wall

Walton Hall and Gardens is a country house in Walton just outside of Warrington. The venue was chosen for its beautiful setting and central location. It’s only 30-45 mins from Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and Wilmslow. There are a number of attractions in the park, it has a Petting Zoo, Miniature Golf, Bowling Greens, Conservatory and Cafe for the students to explore during their lunch brake.