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Oil painting: the painted portrait sketch

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

  • 25 January 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 January 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

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Lucian Freud, Self-Portrait Reflection, Fragment (detail), c.1965.

Oil and graphite on canvas. 89.7 x 89.7cm. Private collection. The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images.

In this weekend course explore the descriptive and expressive possibilities of the oil portrait sketch.

The painted portrait sketch, a relatively recent mode of painting rarely seen before the 17th century, has been used by artists looking to reveal something that eludes more conventional works. In their brevity and immediacy, a portrait sketch can allow the artist to convey a powerful and expressive purity, while evoking the overall essence of a sitter.

Throughout this weekend course participants will learn how to unlock the different elements within the construction of their portraits. Working from two models and making multiple images in oil paint, each sketch will make use of changes in scale, palette and duration to ensure a different approach is deployed for each sketch. Both days will begin with a brief demonstration by the tutor, Andrew James, as well as allow the participants to draw two oil sketches per day.

Throughout each day there will be opportunities for personalised, one-to-one feedback from the course tutor, as well as a crit presentation at the end of the course.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academicprogrammes@royalacademy.org.uk.

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  • 25 January 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 January 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£520. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.