22FALL The Conceptual Portrait TUE 6:00PM (09/13-12/13)

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Instructor: Belinda Flores-Shinshillas / Sept 13 - Dec 13 / Tuesday / 6:00PM-9:00PM
Class Size: 5-8

Description: The thirteen lessons in this class will cover the whole painting process, starting from surface choice and preparation. Students will learn about the structure of the human face from an artist’s perspective and will be challenged to think beyond the photo reference to create a conceptual composition. The class will cover the whole process of a direct painting approach method, from brush strokes of the first layer to a final realistic painting of a human face. Students will create a concept for their painting that will be close to their own experiences by sketching a vibrant background using their photo reference.

This class will reframe how you approach portrait painting by giving you the tools you need to take your painting to the next level. We will cover a number of key elements including:

  • The Structure of the human face from an artist’s perspective.
  • How to transfer your reference to the painting surface.
  • How the directions of your brushstrokes impact the realism you achieve within your painting.
  • How to identify basic skin tones in your photo reference.
  • How to use texture and light to move beyond the flatness of a photo reference.
  • How to create a conceptual background that will enhance your reference.
  • Knowledge of common drawbacks and what to be careful about whether painting from a photo reference.

Prerequisite/Student level: Intermediate drawing skills

Material list:

• 2 surfaces for oil paint 16 x 20 in (Panels or stretch canvas)
• Round brushes (1, 2, 4 size)
• Filbert brushes (2, 4, 6 size)
• Mop brush (1/4, 1/2 size)
• Palette knife triangular small
• Any palette (grey glass is better)
• Paper Towels
• Walnut oil or Gamblin Gamsol to clean brushes
• 2 Glass Containers with a cap (medium size)
• One Ballpoint pen and Black PanPastel and Soft tools
• 2B pencil
• Sketch Paper (16 x 20 in)
• 2 High quality photos of your portrait reference, face/torso printed in letter size (see sample paintings).
• Oil colors: Burn Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Red Umber, Burnt Umber, Titanium White, Flake White, Radiant Blue, Radiant Red, Naples Orange, Naples Yellow, Indian Red, Ultramarine Blue, Any Black, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, and Cadmium Yellow Light.
• Winsor & Newton Liquin Original (small)
• Walnut/Alkyd Medium (small)
• Stand Oil
• Master Brush Cleaner or Lavender Soap

Additional Details
Flores-Shinshillas, Belinda
Skill Level:
Registration Date:
August 29, 2022

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