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Oil painting: the expressive portrait

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 16 November 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 17 November 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

events programme
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Lucian Freud, Reflection (Self-portrait) (detail), 1985.

Oil on canvas. 55.9 x 55.3 cm. Private Collection. On loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021 © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images.

With special focus on the philosophy behind the creative process, this two-day portrait painting course in oils will explore the idea that the portrait is more than a copy of the face.

In this course, participants will learn how to look at the model rather than make assumptions about how a portrait should look. Using the impasto technique and limited palette, you can learn how to apply oil paint liberally to the canvas whilst accurately maintaining the structure of the face and head.

Day one will begin with a demonstration by the tutor, followed by a series of quick oil sketches of the model. Each sketch will familiarise you with the model and limited palette. Painting quickly also means that you will ‘react’ to what you are seeing, rather than working in a more studied and measured manner.

On the second day, there will be the opportunity to work on a larger, more sustained portrait that will allow a deeper enquiry into the tonal, chromatic and emotional nuances of the model.

Each student will receive personalised feedback from an experienced professional artist and take part in an art crit whereby you will get feedback on how your work is understood and can be developed further.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 16 November 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 17 November 2019, 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.