Spring term: Thursday 23 January – Thursday 26 March 2020
Spring term: 10 Thursday evenings 18.00-21.00
Portraiture is an art form involving visual analysis, interpretive and expressive skills. To capture the ‘essence’ of another human being is an extraordinary thrill and challenge. This course will enable students to develop as artists with individual tuition.
Each week will focus on building skills in a different media, beginning with line and tone using graphite, chalk and pen, graduating to colour with pastels and watercolour. You will learn to accurately gauge the fine proportions of the human head using a variety of live models, bringing their own special qualities.
You will gain mastery of composition, proportion, perspective and colour mixing, building a personal style of mark making. A feature of this course will be the study of master portrait artists, both historical and contemporary, with illustrated handouts for each session. Students will be challenged to make real creative progress, producing a strong portfolio for exhibition or course entry.
THE COURSE INCLUDES
- Guidance on measuring proportion from varying viewpoints
- Tuition on the structure of human skull to inform your drawing
- Mastering the skills of line, tone, colour and form to create a confident, resolved result.
- Developing skills with graphite, chalk, pen, pastel and watercolour.
- Guidance on portraying surfaces, including skin and hair, with conviction.
- A professional portrait model in each session
- Analysis of the portraiture genre, historical and contemporary, with illustrated hand outs.
- The support of a tutor who is a practicing artist and experienced lecturer of fine art and art history.
The course aims to:
- Enable students to gain confidence in their drawing ability.
- Develop skills of line, tone, colour and form using a range of different drawing and painting media.
- Enable students to improve visual analysis, and take ownership of their artistic progression.
COURSE OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT
- Group discussion and analysis at the end of each session will support your learning.
- All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours.
- Students will develop a portfolio of experimental and finished works
Suitable for beginners (though some prior experience is desirable) and students building a personal portfolio for exhibition or HE applications. The development of drawing skills is fundamental to all creativity.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
A1/2 heavy cartridge
Watercolour paper 300g/m
Ingres or pastel paper (mixed colours)
2B, 4B, 6B pencils, graphite, drawing pen
Coloured Conte chalk pastels
Putty and plastic eraser
Watercolour paints, masking fluid
Range of sable substitute and bristle brushes
Masking tape, fixative.
All additional course materials are included in the course fee.