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Online | Learn to Paint Portraits with Marie Mansfield

Course overview

This painting class is for students who want to learn how to paint portraits. This term as we conduct our sessions online via ZOOM, you will study and paint the masters. Marie will demonstrate with a new masterpiece every 2 weeks, and show you step by step how to approach tone, proportion and form in your portrait painting. Throughout the planned exercises, Marie works with each student at his/her own level, and works to progress each student’s ambitions. Students will benefit from doing tonal studies and colour mixing, and will cater for students who wish to improve their painting skills using their choice of medium. While Marie’s primary interest is oil painting, acrylic painters will also benefit from this course.

images: recent portraits by Marie Mansfield

What to expect

Students will learn :

  • about the anatomy and structure of the face and head
  • about using light, tone and proportion in producing a likeness
  • colour mixing in oils so the colours don’t get muddy
  • tonal paining exercises in monochrome and colour
  • techniques to deal with details such as teeth, hair and hands
  • about portrait composition and its impact, with reference to past and present artists
  • Learn about tone, proportion and form by studying and painting the Masters

Is this course right for me?

To get the most out of this class, it is recommended that students have previously attended painting classes either at Art Est. or elsewhere. This class is for students with prior experience in their chosen medium.

Materials

Art materials are not included in the course fee. Students will need to bring the following:

• Surfaces: Canvas board or stretch canvas for oils (acrylic primed).
• Titanium White and Raw Umber acrylic paint for the ‘mid-tone ground’ to prepare the surface for painting.
• Brushes: bring a selection of brushes that you normally use, for oils a ‘Long flat’ is best.
• Palette and palette knife (long flexible knife with a tapered tip).
• Paper towels or rags.
• Paint: The following is the recommended colour palette for portraiture. Vermillion Red or cadmium red, Ivory black Titanium or Zinc White, Burnt sienna. Yellow ochre.
• For monotones Titanium White and Raw Umber in Oils
• Drawing materials Optional: Bring charcoal along with some cartridge paper (A3 suggested) for sketches and practice.

Students are welcome to bring other paint colours you may already own. For better results, we recommend buying ‘artist quality’ paints.

If using oil paints
Use odourless solvent for cleanup and diluting mediums. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to have jars with lids to store spent solvents/mediums. You tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums.

Adult classes now delivered online in our Virtual Zoom Art Room

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

What you need to join our Zoom Art Room classes

• A desktop, laptop, tablet or ios or android smartphone
• An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
• Speakers, microphone and webcam (wireless or inbuilt)
• Download the free version of Zoom to your device
• Check and test everything before you enrol, and double check the day before your class

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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$240 Limited inc GST
Online | Learn to Paint Portraits with Marie Mansfield

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Our term 2 classes are now delivered virtually. Price excludes materials | Not for complete beginners prior painting experience is assumed
$240 Limited inc GST
Online | Learn to Paint Portraits with Marie Mansfield

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Our term 2 classes are now delivered virtually. Price excludes materials | Not for complete beginners prior painting experience is assumed. Note there is no class Tues 9 June.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • Best art classes I've ever had
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this class very much. Marie was excellent, knowledgeable, and very helpful in guiding our learning. I enjoyed it so much I am coming back next term. Thank you
  • Marie gave great instruction, she was very patient when I was challenged. I had a great time getting back into oil painting, and feel inspired to continue. I especially like the school environment. Its cleaner than most art schools and has great natural light and feeling of space.