An Introduction to Portraiture (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

This course is for total beginners to Portraiture. Any previous drawing or painting experience will be beneficial but are not essential. The emphasis will be on developing observational skills through drawing and/or painting from the model

Course Content

Initially, you will look at the structure of the face and explore ways of representing its shapes and planes. This will begin with a series of drawing exercises where you will be taught to observe and record what you see using line and tone.

Following on from this, you will take steps into colour, through either pastels or paint. This will begin with monochrome tonal studies and will gradually extend to a wider range of colours. You will explore both naturalistic and non-naturalistic colour. Naturalistic colour will include an examination of warms and cools and the earth palette, which can be used to portray natural-looking flesh tones.

As your skills develop, you will spend longer on each piece of work.

Teaching methods include illustrated talks, demonstrations of materials and techniques, practical drawing/painting experience, exchanging ideas and experience with others, looking at the work of inspirational artists, individual tuition and feedback , and informal group critiques

Course outcomes:
You will learn how to use basic measuring techniques to observe and record contour from observation
You will use knowledge of basic geometry of face to help draw face/features to scale and in proportion.
You will describe what tone is, and what it does, and record tone using a range of materials and techniques
You will develop a palette of colours, using pastel, for portraiture

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

This course is for beginners and assumes no prior knowledge, but any previous drawing or painting experience will be beneficial.

First Class Requirements

Pencil and a rubber. A materials list will be given out in the first class.