This is an ideal class for beginner-intermediate students who want to learn a step-by-step process for portrait painting. When creating portraits and self-portraits, Expressionist artists sought to communicate meaning and/or emotional experience over realistic likeness. Instead, they were interested in capturing their subjects’ psychological states. They used classic methods such as distortion and non-naturalistic colors to help to achieve this.
This course is divided into four classes once a week, and while exploring expressionism will cover color combination, form, texture, composition, and the use of brushes and other painting tools.
The instructor will explain the process of making an expressive female portrait that students will follow using a reproduction of Francoise Nelly’s image and then one of Henry Matisse for a visual reference.
The students will learn how to draw a portrait on canvas by creating a sketch first, following a step-by-step process, and applying the concepts of symmetry, proportions, comparisons, and measurements. Once the drawing is complete , they will set up a palette, mix and blend colors, and start painting the background.
Students will learn how to apply the paint according to the shapes and forms of the face, modulating tones and colors, light and shadows, color application, and comparisons. They’ll also learn how to represent the different features of the face, sense of unity and balance of the composition, and final details.
Students will complete two paintings through constant evaluation and guidance during the class. A final critique will take place before the end of the course.
Learn how to make a drawing of the portrait on the canvas
Learn about Symmetry, proportions, comparisons and measurements.
Learn how to use brushes, paint application, and brushstrokes.
Learn how to paint light, shadow and modulating tones.
Learn how to paint shapes and forms of the face.
Learn “ Alla Prima” painting.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Pablo Contrisciani earned his Masters in Fine Arts, Painting at Facultad de Bellas Artes, National University of La Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. His work forms part of public and corporate collections from USA, Latin America and Europe. Pablo is an Oolite Arts alumnus (1998-2006 and 2010-2015) and works as a painting instructor since 1998.