Four Week Course
Mon, Oct. 4 – 25, 2021
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Taught in English and Spanish
(Members have a 20% discount with code)
This virtual course is ideal for beginner and intermediate students who want to improve their painting skills and learn a step-by-step process to make a frontal portrait painting. No previous painting experience is required.
The instructor will explain the process of making a frontal portrait, demonstrating each step and the class will follow the instructions. A painting by artist John Larriva will be used as a visual reference. The second work will be an image of your choice, either a painting or a photo following the same method.
The first steps consist in drawing a portrait on canvas and creating a sketch first, following a step-by-step process, applying the concepts of symmetry, proportions, comparisons, and measurements. Once the drawing is complete, you will set up a palette, mix and blend colors, and start painting the background.
You 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. You’ll learn how to represent the different features of the face, sense of unity and balance of the composition, and final details.
The class will complete two paintings through constant evaluation and guidance. A final critique will take place before the end of the course.
Learn how to draw a portrait on the canvas
Learn about symmetry, proportions, comparisons and measurements.
Learn about color combination and color theory.
Learn how to use brushes, paint application, and brushstrokes.
Learn how to paint light, shadow and modulating tones, texture.
Learn how to paint shapes and forms of the face.
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.
You will need the following materials for this workshop:
- Acrylic paints: ultramarine blue, emerald green, titanium white, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow light, black, orange cadmium, crimson red, dioxizine violet, phthalo blue
- 3 palette knives (metal or plastic) medium, small and large
- One set of four sizes Bristle brushes: 1/8” flat bristle brush, 1/2” flat bristle brush, 3/4” flat bristle brush, 1” flat bristle brush.
- 16” x 19” acrylic disposable paper palette
- 2HB pencils, one eraser, one sharpener
- 3 canvas: one 18” x 24”, one 20” x 20”
- 2 8oz Empty cans for water
- 3 or 4 sheets of regular paper letter size to make a sketch
- Rags or paper towels