2. Painting Portraits

Paint like a master!

Learn to create stunning Realistic and Impressionistic portraits.

Have you always wanted to draw but don't know where to start? If you answered yes, this class is for you! 

What we see is most frequently determined by what we tell ourselves we are seeing. Our experience of the visual world, its diversity and its complexity, is often constrained by the names we have given the objects we encounter and the places we inhabit. This course will give you grounding in the basics so you can draw what you see with confidence.

The course starts with basics like learning to draw the head, eye, ear , mouth and nose as individual objects, before incorporating them into a full self portraitLearn where to begin and how to prepare for achieving a masterpiece, and to capture the likeness of a person’s facial structure and features with hard edges that bring attention to the most important areas of the painting.

Just like modern dancing, we first have to master ballet. Art is the same. In order to paint 'looser' or paint like the Impressionists or Expressionists, we first have to learn all the rules. The rules can only be broken if we know what they are!

Learning the techniques of the OLD MASTERS like Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Van Eyck brothers. 

The Venetian painting technique of artists like Titian and Giorgione during the Italian Renaissance was derived from the painting technique of Northern Renaissance artists. Strongly influencing Venetian artists were the oil painting techniques developed by the Van Eyck brothers, Flemish painters working around 1400. The Van Eyck's painting technique combined the use of egg tempera and oil painting. The under painting was done in a grisaille technique, with pure coloured oil glazes applied on top. This combination painting technique worked well for their small panel paintings, producing the luminous, jewel-like tones for which they are so famous.

Under painting gets its name because it is painting that is intended to be painted over in a system of working in layers. There is a popular misconception that under painting should be monochromatic, perhaps in Gray-scales. You will learn about the  three different techniques of underpainting:

Figure drawing...

is one of the finest methods to develop hand-eye coordination and thus the ability to draw accurately what you see. This course first focuses on the development of these skills, gradually introducing more experimental approaches to drawing according to the pace of each student.

This classic method of representational art is regarded as the best way for aspiring painters and sculptors to acquire the skill of drawing the human body and mastering its line, shape and depth.

Drawing remains the foundation for all types of fine art, and is still seen as one of the best way to advance your style, confidence and technique as an artist.

  • Learn how to use your pencil in various positions to change the method of drawing.
  • Learn about the different degree of representation may be from highly detailed, anatomically correct renderings to loose and expressive sketches.
  • Learn to draw in different mediums like pencil, charcoal and paints.

The following is an outline of a typical 6-stage figure drawing course. During the class, a variety of media can be used to represent the model's body, including: pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, crayon, pastels, chalk or mixed media, although pencil is the classical tool. 

Stage 1
Theory on the basic proportions of the human body and how all the parts relate to each other.

Stage 2
Drawing a live model in 3D form, grasping measurements and center line.

Stage 3
Creating a convincing silhouette and learning to draw the form and shape head, torso, legs and arms accurately, using pencil, charcoal and paint. The students are only allowed to use outline drawing and negative space. 

Stage 4
Continue practicing the human figure, also adding tones and shades for a more convincing modelling and shadow casting. At this stage the students are not allowed to use line work any more, but has to use the biggest brush possible. Using only the basic x4 basic shapes they have to shape the body using only 1 colour + white.

Stage 5
Practice drawing the head, hands and feet from different angles and work on your modelling and rendering skills.

The face, hands and feet is an integral part of of the 'expression' of the person. being able to draw and understand how it all works together is important.

Stage 6
Creating finished drawings using the whole body in different techniques using different implements:

  1. Painting in a limited palette

  2. Painting in full palette

  3. Painting with rollers

  4. Painting with impressionism

  5. Painting and abstracting

  6. Own choice

2 thoughts on “2. Painting Portraits

  1. Dear Leoni.
    I am interested in your Portrait painting classes.
    I am from Paarl and have done oil painting before.
    I am interested to know what days you teach portraiture .
    Yours sincerely

    1. Thank you for your inquiry.
      I teach each student individually. U can start whenever you want.

      Art class answers and details:
      Please follow these links. They will give you a detailed explanation on what you need regarding:

      How and when do I start?
      Prospective students can start at any time within the year, as each student gets treated and taught on an individual basis. http://www.lifeartschool.co.za/

      What will I learn?
      Have you ever felt the desire to express yourself, but have been held back by lack of time, knowledge and professional advice?
      This is your chance to have the help and know-how of a professional artist who will help you to attain your dream of being creative.
      The quality and standard of the work is very high. Amazingly so as almost all the students came with no previous history of drawing or painting.
      Various Art Courses Offered:
      The aim of the art courses is for participants to immerse themselves in the process of painting & drawing to discover a personal interpretation of color, application of marks, surface texture and balance.
      1. Learn to Paint in 32 days
      2. Painting Portraits like the Old Masters
      3. Advanced Oil and Acrylic Painting Techniques
      ○ (Did you know that different ways of holding your brush influence your painting style?) http://lifeartschool.co.za/book-of-art/art-books/the-book/people-often-ask-why-do-i-need-to-draw-before-i-can-paint-why-cant-i-just-start-painting/
      4. Learn to Paint Abstracts
      ○ (Did you know that good Abstract Art is based in traditional painting principles?)

      Who can do this:·
      • Suitable for beginners and experienced artists.
      • Explore the artist within you with acrylics and oils.
      • Meet like-minded people and make new friends.
      • Benefit from personal coaching and tuition of Leonie.e.Brown.
      • Beautiful historical 300 year old Cape Dutch Chapel and Art studio with lots of light and space.
      • Come home refreshed, relaxed and inspired.
      • Amaze yourself and your friends with your own unique paintings
      • All you have to bring is a yourself, an apron and a big smile! 

      When, where and how much?
      Monday Night Friday Mornings Selected Saturday Mornings 
      6- 9pm 9.30am – 12.30pm 9.30am – 12.30pm
      The Chapel Gallery The Chapel Gallery The Chapel Gallery
      Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Durbanville Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Durbanville Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Durbanville
      R920 for 4 lessons R920 for 4 lessons R460 for 2 lessons

       Art Workshops:
      From art workshops to custom-designed courses, at LifeART Studio you’ll find something to satisfy your creative urge. Artist Leonie.e.Brown (based in Cape Town) offers courses on different painting techniques and styles.

      What Materials should I get?

      Products are available at:
      Creative Arts Shop:
      • 5% discount for LifeART students
      • 44 Oxford Street, Durbanville
      • Phone:021 975 5373
      Shop Art Attack:
      • 5% discount for LifeART students
      • FREE delivery of products
      • 1/1, High Street Shopping Village, High Street, Rosenpark, Cape Town, 7550
      • Phone:021 914 1263

      Leonie is an award winning artist and teacher. To read more about her or see her art go to http://www.lifeart.co.za

      * Early booking is essential.
      * Leonie on 082 4498475  or leonie@lifeart.co.za
      1. Initial payment of non-refundable R230.00 is to secure your booking.
      2. As soon as you have joined the first class, you pay the difference for the month ie: R915 – R230 = R685
      3. Thereafter you pay as per your invoice, the last week of every month for the next month.
      4. NO weekly payments
      5. NO pay as you come per lesson.

      To secure your booking:
      Please deposit a non-refundable amount of R220.00 to secure your booking
      ABSA Cheque Account
      LifeART School
      Tableview Branch # 632005

      Please read the terms and conditions
      ○ NO weekly payments allowed.
      ○ No pay as you come per lesson.
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      ….and after all of the above….
      Looking forward to seeing you!

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