Rebecca Tait: Emerging Artists Summer 2017 Youth Program, Week Two: Portraiture in Color Studyby Matthew Innis |
WEEK TWO: PORTRAITURE IN COLOR STUDY
This workshop focuses on the anatomy of the human head, neck and shoulders, as students explore in –depth the bones and muscles that affect the portrait artist. Human skulls as well as live models are used as students delve in to portraiture from posing the model, sketching studies and painting in full color oil from life.
The fascinating principles of color theory are taught as artists are trained to “see” color not just “think” color. Truly thorough and detailed instruction is given in the proper use of warm and cool colors while maintaining accurate value relationships. By combining this colorist approach with understanding of head structure and anatomy, young artist gain a solid foundation in oil portraiture. This is a dynamic, information packed week taught in a specific method to encourage retention of the crucially important early and middle stages of portraiture in oil paint. The workshop will also include an informative trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where various styles of portraiture will be viewed and discussed.
Introduction to head structure and anatomy thru use of human skulls, anatomy books and specific vocabulary lessons. Introduction to oil painting in the grisaille method. A detailed grisaille painting of the properly lit skull will be done. At this time terminators, core shadows, reflected lights, cast shadows, mid-lights, and highlights will be taught showing the student how to properly turn the skull by use of light and shadow.
Review of the anatomy of the human head. Introduction to the proper posing and lighting of the live model for portrait purposes. Identifying the evidence of skull anatomy on the surface of the human head and face. Two detailed portrait grisaille paintings of the mode will be done.
Review of the anatomy of the human head. Additional anatomy of the neck, shoulder and sternal region are added in. Color theory is introduced. Paintings of subtly colored head structures are done to practice turning the head using both color theory and proper value. Light, dark, warm and cool principles are heavily explained through demonstrations and engaging, interactive lectures.
Museum Visit – Philadelphia Museum of Art afternoon visit.
Review of the anatomy of the head, neck, shoulders and sternal region. Review of color theory. Posing and lighting model for the final painting. Grisaille and preliminary color study of final painting. Group critique at the close of the working day.
Review of the anatomy of the head, neck, shoulder and sternal region. Demonstrations and a group question answer session will be offered showing how to proceed with color. Students will be encouraged to focus on the big picture planes as well as keeping proper value and color relationships throughout the entire painting. Lessons in keeping the painting simplified, cohesive and overall correct in structure, anatomy, value and color will be explained. A simple yet powerfully accurate color study of the live model is our final goal.This workshop focuses on the anatomy of the human head, neck and shoulders, as students are led through and in-depth exploration of the bones and muscles vital to the portrait artist. Using human skulls and live models, student learn various aspects of portraiture including posing the model, sketching studies and painting in full-color oil from life.
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