Portrait Drawing & Painting
Tutor: Eve V Dawson
This Portraiture course is run by Eve V Dawson, an MA graduate in Fine Art. Eve has many years of art experience and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills in all aspects of painting and drawing.
What are the aims of the course?
The aim of this Portraiture course is for each person to come away with a sense of achievement having completed a portrait or two. You will be supported as you gain confidence in your individual artistic capabilities and will experience using a selection of techniques, materials and processes which will enable you to create further works.
What does the course involve?
Each week we will start with quick ‘warm up’ by drawing observational sketches of the human form in pencil, black pen or charcoal. After the ‘warm up’ we will then discuss how to go about producing a portrait and all that entails.
What topics will I be covering?
The course will cover topics such as sketching the human figure, facial construction, composition, colour, texture, light & shade and application of paint etc. We will also look at the work of other artists and take inspiration from their colours, style and techniques.
Do I need any previous experience? This course is suitable for absolute beginners and those with some previous experience.
What do I need to prepare for the course?
To prepare for this course, please try and spend some time observing and sketching the human face and figure either from family photographs, art books, TV or the internet. These sketches can be very, very basic (stick men even). Also, please consider whose portrait you would like to paint and in which medium.
How much time do I need to be prepared to spend on home study?
Individual study is entirely up to you; some like to continue working throughout the week, but others prefer to wait until the next class. Remember, however, sketching can be done at any time.
What materials do I need?
Please Note: The college provides tables, easels and drawing boards available for use in class, but materials are not included in the price of the course.
You will need to have a selection of the following:
A variety of paints, oil or acrylic
A selection of pens, pencils, pastels or chalks
Readymade canvases, canvas boards or thick smooth cartridge paper
Two water jars
A selection of paintbrushes & palette knives, suitable for your chosen medium
Old shirt or overall to protect your clothes
Eve will give you plenty of tips and advice about materials and techniques through the course. She recommends Jackson’s online suppliers https://www.jacksonsart.com or Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk, but there are also other suppliers out there!
If you have any queries about the course, course content or materials required please do not hesitate to contact Eve on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Model Fees: Model fees are NOT included in the course fee
Please note that the tutor will be organising live external models for several sessions of the course for which if there will be an additional fee to pay. The tutor will advise the amount at the start of term. This fee is paid direct to the tutor in cash or by contactless payment at the first session, for the full course. As a guide, this amount could be around £20-30 per student, but this amount may vary depending on student numbers enrolled and how many live model sessions are included in the course. The tutor will give you a receipt for your payment, but is unable to refund any monies if you are absent from a live model session.