• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

The portrait and self-portrait has long been a subject of focus in art and continues to fuel the careers of many contemporary artists today. The portrait continues to be a tool to examine issues of race, gender, and economic and societal norms. This is a mixed-level studio course with an emphasis on development and expansion of visual language skills. Students are encouraged to work on structured exercises that lead to developing individual projects. Students will explore fundamental painterly concerns and explore different materials as they relate to contemporary art practices. Light and shadow, colour relationships, paint handling, composition, abstraction, gesture, dynamics, intention and personal expression will be explored as they relate to a conceptual framework. Students will be working from photographs, collage, a life model, as well as possible imagined imagery. This class will build the students skills using structured exercises, inspirational lectures based on contemporary painting, demonstrations, and critiques with the emphasis on painting time in a supportive environment.

Tuition: $290 | Model fee: $45 | Total: $335

Notes: This workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 29, Wednesday, May 30, and Friday, June 1, 10am-5pm daily.
* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • Each class begins with talking about the conceptual framework of art from the 1950s to the present with 3x 15 min power point presentations by the instructor followed by group discussions on the artists and their work and historical/ academic framework: Post-Colonialism, Feminism, Modernism and Post-Modernism for example.
  • Understand how every choice made by the artist, from materials to how the work is presented, is a conceptual choice. Learn the visual language of materials, colour, application, presentation, scale etc., through conversation and structured exercises, critiques and play/ experimentation.
  • A model will be present for a large portion of each class. He/she will come with multiple changes of shirts, scarves, hats perhaps glasses for multiple versions of painting a portrait with character. We will also work from photographs (portraits) that the student will bring to class. Working from portraits of people that mean something to you or an image that speaks to you already is a fruitful exercise.
  • Traditional lessons will be given on painting the portrait - methods of proportion of the face, colour mixing, light and shade, colour theory and composition, but the emphasis in this class is to experiment and play. Sometimes our “mistakes/ failures” will be our favourite works for the day.
  • 3 days of experimentation painting the portrait using multiple materials and techniques that mimic some of artist’s work presented at the beginning of class.