Main Street Art Center
Chicago, Lake Zurich, Illinois.
The purpose of this 3 day portrait workshop is for students to better understand the stages of a portrait and the correlating visual principles of each stage. The workshop is broken up into three 1 day poses. Each day we will focus on a different stage of development and students will be able to progress further each day. The first day will be devoted to proportion (the key to likeness) and basic value relationships using a flesh tone. The second day we will repeat this process adding warm and cool color notes to our flesh tones much in line with the old masters formula. The third day again repeat the process with the addition of a basic color theory and strategy for incorporating it into our portraits (and paintings in general). Also discussed during the workshop: edges, the concept of how light hits form, the principle of working from larger to smaller and paint handling. The instructor will do demonstrations as well as help students with their paintings. Students will leave with three portraits each focusing on a different level of completion and greater understanding of both process and the visual principles and visual tools one builds with.