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Portrait Painting

Oct 1 - Dec 10
Thursday 6:30-10:00 PM (EST) 10 sessions
Thursday 6:30-10:00 PM (EST) 10 sessions
If you would like more information about this or any other course offerings, please contact a SVACE Course Advisor at:
John Parks, Painter

This comprehensive course in portrait painting will explore all you need to know to make realistic, fully-illuminated portraits. It is perfect for beginners and will prove of immense value to even the most experienced professional. Each week will involve painting from the model with detailed instruction direct from the instructor's studio. Students are invited to work in oil or acrylic. We will begin with an exploration of how color can be used to create a sense of flesh and to achieve three-dimensional form. Subsequent projects will build on this foundation and incorporate paint layering and underpainting techniques as well as a look at the mysteries of pose, posture and gesture. The simple breakdown of the features-nose, eyes, mouth and ears-will enable you to quickly incorporate them into your portrait with accuracy and credibility. Examples of masters' works will be shown and discussed. Assignments continue the work outside of class hours and sometimes range to more experimental approaches to the portrait. A short video about the course and a materials list can be viewed at: johnaparks.com.
NOTE: This course is fully online and offered through synchronous sessions during the listed course hours.
Course Number
3.5 CEUs
  • The School of Visual Arts online courses are hosted in Canvas, our College-wide learning system. Most computers (5 years old or newer recommended) can access the course(s) without a problem. The courses work with Windows (Windows 7 and newer), Macintosh (Mac OSX 10.10 and newer), and Linux (chromeOS). Participants will need a minimum screen size of 800x600 (the average size of a netbook) and good broadband (Minimum of 512kbps) Internet connection to participate in the online courses.