Portraits and Caricatures

Taught by an experienced local artist, this course is for you if you’ve ever wondered how to get a likeness of somebody. Using the handy template, practise drawing different face shapes, features and expressions. Experiment with line drawing and shading effects and learn effective new artistic techniques. Bring in a celebrity photo or photo of a loved one and create a pencil portrait. Undertake a self portrait in charcoal. Add colour with paint or pastel. Choose an abstract or classical style. Learn what to look for and what to leave out of your picture and how to assess and improve your results as you go along. You’ll compile a wonderful book of artwork that you’ve produced in class, which you can add to with the optional homework assignments - something to continue building on long after the course is over, which will bring you a sense of achievement and accomplishment every time you turn the pages.

START DATE AND TIME:
Wed, 15th May 2019
1900-2100
DURATION:
10 weeks
Code:
CL112
Full fee:
£105
Concessionary fee:*
£90

TUTOR:

Vivienne Smith

Address

PACA Adult learning, Chalky Road
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Taught by an experienced local artist, this course is for you if you’ve ever wondered how to get a likeness of somebody. Using the handy template, practise drawing different face shapes, features and expressions. Experiment with line drawing and shading effects and learn effective new artistic techniques. Bring in a celebrity photo or photo of a loved one and create a pencil portrait. Undertake a self portrait in charcoal. Add colour with paint or pastel. Choose an abstract or classical style. Learn what to look for and what to leave out of your picture and how to assess and improve your results as you go along. You’ll compile a wonderful book of artwork that you’ve produced in class, which you can add to with the optional homework assignments – something to continue building on long after the course is over, which will bring you a sense of achievement and accomplishment every time you turn the pages.

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

 

  • Create self portraits, portraits of others.
  • Brush up on your painting and drawing techniques.
  • Practice drawing from life and also from photographs.
  • Have fun drawing caricatures from photos and real life.
  • Learn what to look for when doing a portrait or caricature – and how to enhance your portrait with a background.
  • Assess and improve on your efforts.

 

COURSE CONTENT

Taught by an experienced local artist, this course is for you if you’ve ever wondered how to get a likeness of somebody. Using the handy template, practise drawing different face shapes, features and expressions. Experiment with line drawing and shading effects and learn effective new artistic techniques. Bring in a celebrity photo or photo of a loved one and create a pencil portrait. Undertake a self portrait in charcoal. Add colour with paint or pastel. Choose an abstract or classical style. Learn what to look for and what to leave out of your picture and how to assess and improve your results as you go along. You’ll compile a wonderful book of artwork that you’ve produced in class, which you can add to with the optional homework assignments – something to continue building on long after the course is over, which will bring you a sense of achievement and accomplishment every time you turn the pages.


TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

Instruction, demonstration, examples and templates; individual, one-to-one advice and helpful suggestions will be given throughout the course. All classes will be hands-on and experiential, with full participation encouraged. Individual and pair work, under full supervision from your instructor.


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Some basic art experience is useful but not essential; although aimed mainly at beginner to intermediate level, this course is open to all and can be tailored to suit your own abilities.


HOW PROGRESS IS CHECKED DURING COURSE

Progress on each of the assignments will be monitored on an informal basis during the class and you will have an opportunity to ask questions and get verbal suggestions and feedback at set points during the course. Any work you do at home can also be checked and evaluated by the tutor.


EXTRA STUDY OR PRACTICE REQUIRED AT HOME

Some sourcing of photographs to use in the course, plus an optional weekly assignment to start or complete at home.


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE COURSE

1 x A2 bound or stapled scrapbook or sketchbook

1 x A3 cartridge paper pad (130 gsm, suitable for watercolour and line work)

HB, 2B and 4B pencils

rubber and putty rubber

thin and thick charcoal sticks

one can of fixative spray

one can of dry-mount spray

one roll of removable masking tape (low tack)

small set of acrylic paints or pastels (advice will be given in class as to what to purchase)

3 brushes (advice will be given in class on what size and type is best).


WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Further art courses will be available to choose from.

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