One Day Portrait Painting Course

26 Sep 2015

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Candid Arts Trust

London, United Kingdom


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This one day intensive portrait painting course offers the opportunity to work from a model at close range over the course of a full day. Students will be encouraged to create engaging portraits working through ideas from drawing (tonal study) to a finished oil painting.


The morning will begin with an introduction to the course looking at examples of portraits through history. This will lead into making a compositional study using charcoal to look at compositional ideas and ways of structuring the head to help capture a likeness. Palette colours suitable for portrait painting and basic colour mixing including looking at warm and cool tones will also be discussed. At each stage students will be guided by one-to-one tuition and demos and will be encouraged to develop their own personal response to the subject.

Using a pre-prepared ground of raw umber, students will be encouraged to explore tonal relationships in skin tones and ways of handling paint to fully explore the possibilities of portrait painting.

Toned canvas can be bought for £20 on the day or you can bring your own.

Date: 26th September

Suitable for all levels.
Basic materials included.
Advance booking essential.
Times: 10am – 5pm

Price: £60

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About the tutor: 

Kim is an experienced art tutor and practising artist, graduating with a BA (hons) in drawing and painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 2003 and then at the Prince’s Drawing School, London from 2007-09. During 10 years of teaching Kim has taught art students of all ages and abilities at institutions such The Prince’s Drawing School, City Lit and workshops with adults and secondary school students across London.

Her own art practice centres on drawing and painting from life, exploring a variety of approaches to representing the world around her. Kim has been the recipient of several awards and residencies and has exhibited her work widely including the BP Portrait Award, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition.

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