Painting Explorations: Portraits ONLINE
In this online course we will use direct observation to build your portraiture skills, as well as be inspired by portraits in the AGO Collection. We’ll explore painting elements such as gesture, composition and colour and experiment with a range of acrylic painting techniques to develop an awareness of line, volume, form to create your own portrait paintings.
Students to supply their own materials. Alternative and/or additional materials may be discussed on class 1 with instructor. To get the most from this course, we suggest you take Introduction to Painting first.
STUDENT MATERIAL LIST
- Pencil and scrap paper (any kind will do)
- Acrylic paint, approximately 120 ml or similar: any brand, 120 ml tubes or similar
- Ultramarine blue
- Burnt or raw umber
- Titanium white
- Acrylic Medium Matte or Gloss (not gel): Curry’s house brand or Liquitex are good, 8 oz. or 16 oz. For example: https://store.abovegroundartsupplies.com/products/liquitex-matte-medium-4oz-49877.html
- Paint brushes for acrylic paint. Filberts (shape) made of hog hair or synthetic interlocking fibres. Brushes should be stiff enough to be able to handle heavier paint. Small (number 2 or 3 = 5 mm), Medium (number 4 or 5 = 1 cm), and Large (number 10 = 2.5 cm).
- Surfaces and primer. One surface needed per day (4 in total): Gessoed paper or gessoed canvas, or stretched and gessoed canvas. The painting surfaces can be between about 9” x 12” and 18” x 24”. You could also get a gessoed canvas paper pad as an alternative. For example: https://store.abovegroundartsupplies.com/products/canson-canva-paper-foundation-series-16x20-10sh-95749.html
- Gesso is a white primer; 16 oz/ 500 ml is a good size to get if you choose to gesso your own surfaces, which is a way to paint over work and reuse the same surface. You could get a yard of gessoed canvas and cut it into pieces. For example: https://store.abovegroundartsupplies.com/products/liquitex-artist-acrylic-gesso-4oz-19585.html
- Palette (plastic plates or a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper work fine, too)
- Cloth rag or paper towel
- Water container
- A fitting place to work, table or easel as you like and a smock or apron of sorts, maybe something to catch spills or splashes.
Terms and Conditions of Participation in Online Courses.
Participants must be 18 or older. Spots are limited.