This five day course offers the fantastic opportunity to study under the expert tuition of Roxana Halls, focussing on the figure and portraiture and working with costume and fabric to create a narrative for a painting. Throughout the week students will be painting directly from clothed life models. The course will begin with warm up drawings and oil sketches, both tonal and colour, and with Roxana’s guidance students will begin working towards developing a large scale painting from the figure.
During this week you will cover some of the fundamental techniques an artist can deploy when building a clothed narrative portrait, such as: how to measure proportions; consideration of the use of colour in painting flesh tones and materials; fabrics and backgrounds and starting to think about how to approach composition when painting the figure. As your emphasis will be not only on creating a likeness but also developing an understanding of how to paint fabric and drapery, you will discuss specific methods for tackling the delineation and volume in the shapes, shadows and folds of different types of garments. You will also focus on the core values of essential shapes, colour and tone, and discuss how developing an awareness of these basic structures can enable them to undertake any creative venture in the future. Throughout this course you will receive regular feedback, critique and constructive advice in both group sessions and one-to-one support.