This 10-weeks long ONLINE course taught by Carl Randall will be exploring processes behind portrait painting. Using a simplified, structured, and step-by-step approach, students will learn the skills and techniques necessary to create convincing portrait paintings. Creating portraits that have a convincing sense of shape, form, tone, and colour is difficult to do, and this course looks at various techniques that artists can use to do this. By interpreting the human head into its abstract elements (shape, tone & colour), you will gain confidence in how to paint portraits in a structured and methodical manner. The course offers a balance in applications of paint: some lessons in which a more academic, graphic and illustrative approach is required (techniques often used by the Old Masters); and others that are more contemporary, which focus on thick paint, texture, gesture and brush marks.