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Preparing to paint a portrait

Weekend-long practical course

Short courses

  • 26 January 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 27 January 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Klimt / Schiele

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Egon Schiele, Self-portrait pulling eyelid, 1910.

Chalk, brush, watercolour, gouache and brown packing paper. 44.3 x 30.5 cm. The Albertina Museum, Vienna Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Albertina Museum, Vienna.

Explore the preparatory methods used by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele and develop ideas for a portrait painting in this practical course, led by former President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Robin-Lee Hall.

Artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, although 28 years apart in age, developed an influential friendship that travelled in both directions. Although their work was different, both shared a mutual admiration for the other’s talent.

Drawing was key to their daily practice and to the development of their ideas for paintings, especially in the case of the older artist Klimt. Schiele’s drawings, by contrast, were bold independent pictures, which he treated as final pieces in their own right.

Both revelled in the spontaneity of mark-making, allowing them to explore frank naturalism and often unsettling emotion and to challenge the conventions of portraiture and nudes at the time. They also experimented with materials, using black chalk or graphite pencil on Japan paper and brown wrapping paper, and often highlighting drawings with gouache and watercolour paint.

Working directly from life models under the guidance of portrait artist and expert tutor Robin-Lee Hall, participants will look at the contrasting styles and approaches of both artists. Over the course of the weekend, participants will develop drawings using the same types of materials, tools and papers that Klimt and Schiele used in the development of their work, moving onto a painted oil or gouache sketch during the second half of the weekend, inspired by a visit to the Klimt / Schiele exhibition and the drawings developed on the first day.

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  • 26 January 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 27 January 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and a wine reception at the end of the first day.

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