This five-day portrait painting course will offer an opportunity for intensive study under the tuition of Toby Wiggins RP. There are many ways to make a successful portrait painting; Toby prefers not to prescribe a particular method, manner or technique, but rather to re-examine the fundamentals underpinning the language of painting and drawing with particular attention to the challenges of portraiture. During the course you will discuss examples of great portraiture, and look at issues around materials – paints, mediums and supports. You will gain a better understanding of what constitutes ‘likeness’, unpicking and exploring drawing and mark-making, the anatomy of the head, composition, the relevance of scale and uses of tone and colour. Finally you will look at ways to move beyond ‘likeness’, towards personal intent and personal expression.
It’s an intensive five days that offer a high level of tutor contact time with Toby giving demonstrations, individual guidance, criticism and advice. The course aims to stimulate, refresh and advance your practice on an individual basis.