Expressive portraits with oil

From £135


14 spaces available

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What you will get from taking this online class:   

  • Identify an expressive style of portraiture, focusing on emotion and composition
  • Learn techniques for painting with oil such as creating tone, colour, texture, and form
  • Understand the use of colour by creating a colour palette of complimentary colours
  • Successfully paint an individual portrait in an expressive style with refined detail
  • Elephant Academy technique takeaway: how to create expression in portraiture

This 6-week course will be held on Thursday 20, 27 January and 3, 10, 17 and 24 February 2022. Classes will be held from 6.30pm to 9pm (BST) and are suitable for intermediate or advanced abilities. Students outside the UK are welcome!

Over the course of six weekly classes will explore our visual expression in the field of portraiture. Using a reference image as inspiration to paint from, we will start the course with a presentation on the process of expressive oil painting. We will begin painting with simple and short warm up exercises to channel expression. These exercises will enable students to get familiar with the materials and find flow. After that, together we will select a photo to use and discuss what inspires us in this picture, and what elements we can use to express those atmospheres or emotions.

The next step is choosing your composition. We will explore some possibilities by making different quick compositions and tonal values. Students will question themselves: What do we want to express and what is supporting our painting most? When we have a good black and white sketch we will jump to using colour. Finally, we will investigate which colours we want to use and how we can create harmony with them. We will paint a few small and quick colour sketches, then move to a more sustained colour sketch before we are ready to start on the canvas. Step by step we will work from basics to the final portrait. Each participant will produce an independent portrait in six lessons.

This online Zoom workshop is taught by Lennaert Koorman 

Materials Bundle includes:  

  • Winsor & Newton Studio set (8 x 21 ml tubes, 37 ml Titanium White, 75 ml Liquin and 2 Brushes)
  • Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colour 37ml Tube Quinacridone Magenta
  • Winsor & Newton Painting Knife no20
  • Winsor & Newton Oil Pad A3 – 230gsm/108lb 10 pages
  • Winsor & Newton Artists’ 14 x 10 Canvas Board
  • Winsor & Newton Oil Additive Sansodor 75ml
  • Winsor & Newton Tear-Off Palette 23 x 31 cm
  • Reeves Soft Pastels – Pack of 12
  • Winsor & Newton Medium Surface Field Sketch Pad (Spiral-Bound) – 50 Sheets A4
  • Winsor & Newton Winton Brush Long Handle 5 Pack – Round N° 6• Short Flat N° 8• Filbert N° 6• Flat N° 6• Fan N° 3
  • Winsor & Newton Azanta Brush Filbert 10