Looking at structure and rhythm within the subject and exploring various approaches to capturing a likeness we will work from the model to create portraits imbued with life.
Who is this course for
The course is for students interested in portraiture and in learning the subtle art of drawing and painting people.
What does this course cover
The aim is to draw and paint portraits. Students will draw from the model using dry and wet materials (pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink and pen, watercolour etc).
You can also develop an understanding of the different moods of people and how to portray them. Students will be encouraged to develop their own response to the model with direction and feedback from the tutor. We will also be looking at work made by other artists past and present.
Students may work in the materials of their choice.
By the end of the course you will start to:
1. Observe the model, analysing ways of perception and expression.
2. Draw from the model using tone and line drawing
3. Mix colour accurately from observation
4. Understand the internal structure and composition of a painting
What will it be like
There may be some very quick poses to keep the model and student stimulated and open to capturing changes of expression and mood.
The students draw and paint the model from easels or donkeys (wooden chairs), the tutor discusses the progress of the piece with students individually and with the group at the end of the day.
Reference to portraits made by various artists will be made where relevant by the tutor during the session. Students also assess their own progress once or twice during the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
Anything up to £5 for drawing materials; painting materials £20 to £50 for oils/acrylics/gouache.
The aim is to draw and paint portraits. Students work from the model drawings and photographs. The first few weeks of term students will draw from the model using dry and wet materials (pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink and pen, watercolour etc).
Students may work in the materials of their choice. The majority of poses are for a number of weeks making painting a definite possibility.
What this course could lead to
Paint portraits/draw portraits, develop skills through other longer courses at The Mary Ward Centre and elsewhere. Advice will be given.
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’