Using Colour in Portraits 1 – Warm & Cool Colour – Online Course

Thursday Evenings, 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th February 2021 

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Portrait sketch using a restricted palette

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Improve the colour in your portraits by learning about the balance between warm and cool colour.

A contrast of warm and cool colour notes brings a painting to life and helps you avoid the dreaded ‘muddy colour’ which can so easily develop. This online course with Christopher Clements will help keep your colours clean and lively.

Identifying exact colour can be confusing, so keeping the process as simple as possible and looking only at whether the colour is at the warm or cool end of the spectrum is the perfect way to become a better painter.

To study this you’ll work with a complimentary colour palette of Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White. Even with such a limited palette, you can get a wide range of colour and the small number of pigments keeps your colour mixes simple and clean. This will give you the confidence to work onto more complex mixes later.

The workshop will also introduce an approach designed to develop your painting in an organised way by making one decision at a time. You’ll look at the technicalities of oil paint, including layering, mediums and brushwork.

What you’ll learn will be perfectly suited to making stand alone portrait sketches, studies for studio portraits or simply developing your knowledge of general colour use.

Is this course for me?

If you’ve not painted in colour before this is a great first step, so if you’re looking for a course to help bridge the gap between drawing and painting then this is the course for you.

If you already work with colour but find your mixes getting muddy or lacking clarity, learning about the fundamental principles covered in this course will help make your paintings more vibrant.

The class is limited to 8 students, giving you plenty of personal feedback and helping you work towards your own personal goals. Whether you’re looking to learn fundamental principles or push your skills from a more advanced position the workshop will have plenty to offer.

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Workshop Overview

Each week, Christopher will begin the session with an explanation and demonstration of what he will cover. You’ll then work on your own painting using reference images sent to you, getting plenty of personal feedback as you progress.

You’ll develop your portrait study in stages enabling you to concentrate on one concept at a time.

  • Paint a well structured head with accurately placed features
  • Learn to identify and use warm and cool colour notes
  • Create focus through brushwork and selective rendering of detail

By the end of the course you’ll be familiar with the principles behind identifying and mixing warm and cool colour and developed your portrait painting technique.

Essential Info & Booking

  • Price :£120
  • Date: Thursdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th February 2021
  • Time: 18:30-21:00
  • Location: Online via Zoom

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