ONSITE Portraits in Watercolour - Sun 27th October 2024
Included in each day:
- Five hours of expert tuition
- Homemade cookies on arrival
- Filter coffee & selection of teas available free all day
- Freshly prepared lunch
- Homemade afternoon tea
- Ample Free Parking
- Free WiFi
- Easy ground-floor access
As well as creating traditional portrait paintings, this class also provides an alternative to the well-trodden path of creating a recognisable likeness and encourages you to consider people as more of a subject for artistic interpretation.
The first part of the day will be spent learning how to mix colours to represent realistic skin tones, and the various techniques that can be applied when striving for a likeness in a watercolour portrait. We will examine shadows and lighting, and how these can be used to dramatic effect. As well as painting portraits and figures in a traditional style, later in the day we will be experimenting with more contemporary approaches to painting portraits and the chance to experiment with some slightly less conventional techniques and colour combinations. All reference material will be provided, but please feel free to bring in any images that you might like to paint.
List specific skills and techniques that will be taught in the course:
- Mixing colours for skin tones
- Creating a likeness
- Painting individual features
- Choosing alternative colour combinations
Materials are not included in your booking fee. The items you will need to bring with you are listed below:
Students - please bring with you:
- Watercolour block or pad or loose paper approx. 9" x 12", or 12" x 16".
- 300 g/m2 (140 lb) Not surface. Saunders Waterford, Fabriano, and Arches are all excellent makes. In the interests of economy, you can use Bockingford, or Langford.
- ‘Artist’s Quality’ watercolours in small tubes are the best, as these allow you to mix large amounts of colour for washes. Or if you prefer, pans of colour in a folding palette. These are more suitable for smaller paintings and sketches. Winsor & Newton (preferably not Cotman), Schmincke, Jackson’s, Sennelier, or Daniel Smith are among the best quality watercolours.
You won’t need all of these, but this is a list of the colours I use most. Please bring whatever you have.
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Cadmium Red
- Permanent Rose or Magenta
- Winsor Violet or Dioxazine Purple
- Cerulean Blue
- Cobalt Blue
- French Ultramarine
- Viridian Green or Phthalo Green
- Hookers Green
- Raw Sienna
- Burnt Sienna
- Raw Umber
- Burnt Umber
- Payne's Grey
- Neutral Tint
- Preferably round, watercolour brushes in sizes 3, 8, and 10 or 12. It’s important that these brushes are of good quality and that they form a point when wet. Sables are expensive, so synthetic ones are a good substitute.
- A flat 1” brush for larger washes.
- HB pencil and sharpener
- Masking tape
- Tissues/Kitchen towel
- Large palette with several mixing wells
- A small atomiser spray bottle to hold water, for re-wetting your painting
- Putty rubber
We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.