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 portrait. Learn 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 under painting:

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