• All Levels
  • Painting

In this 4 Week ONLINE course, working from photographs, students will learn the fundamentals of portrait painting with the goal of achieving strong likeness and evoking the expression and character of the sitter. Technical focus will be on anatomy, proportion, value, colour, shape, form and edges. Students will complete one to two paintings and will acquire the skills to create accurate and expressive portraits.


4 Weeks:  Base Tuition: $185

TSA will deliver this course using ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

Notes: Instructor Matthew Tarini is an oil painter who’s subject matter consists of cityscapes, still life, landscapes and figurative work. Matt has been an instructor at Western University and the University of Alberta and has taught workshops across the country. He has done private and public commissions, including portraits for University of Toronto and Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. He has appeared on the television show, Star Portraits and has done both solo and numerous group shows across Canada, including a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Calgary. His work is in collections throughout Canada and internationally. Matthew Tarini's Website  http://www.matthewtarini.com/

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
010Matt TariniAug. 4, 2020 to Aug. 25, 2020
TERM - ONLINE Summer 2020
Tuesdays
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
4 Weeks
Full

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What you will learn

  • Approaches to portrait painting by historical and contemporary artists.
  • Focus on anatomy, proportion, value, contour, shape, form, edges, composition and perspective
  • Basic colour mixing, initial drawing and the block-in stages
  • Demonstrations and learning through group critiques

Materials to Bring

Materials will be discussed the first day of class. 

Please keep all purchase receipts in case you need to return materials.

Recommended Materials for Portrait Painting

Paint

  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna 
  • Titanium White
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Viridian
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red Middle
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Yellow Middle
  • Cadmium Lemon

* I would recommend 37 ml tubes, artist quality oil paints from the following brands: Winsor and Newton, Gamblin, Natural Pigments, Old Holland, or Williamsburg. 

* In acrylics, my favourite brand is Professional Acrylics by Winsor and Newton, but Liquatex or Golden will do well also.

* This is my palette, but more colours (or fewer) in oil or acrylic are welcome! 

Mediums

Oil

  • Gamsol – Odourless Mineral Spirits
  • Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel (37 ml) 
  • Oleogel (only sold at Articulations)

Acrylic

  • Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder
  • Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish

Supports

  • Student’s Choice - Gessoed Masonite, Stretched Canvas, Canvas Panels, Oil Paper, etc.

For day 1, please have a sketchbook and later we can discuss future projects and supports at that point. 

Palette 

  • Disposable Palette

Brushes

* I use a variety of soft round and long flat brushes that are both natural hair and synthetic. Please feel free to bring a wide variety of bristle and soft brushes that you have or that you like to use – many different brushes can accomplish the same task. Below are good starter kits.

Extras

  • Palette Knife
  • Sketchbook (any size) for sketching and composing
  • A rag / a roll of paper towel
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Stainless Steel Brush Washer
 
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