Drawing and Painting Portraits from Life
12 weeks 11th January – 5th April 2017, half term 15th February
Location: Dulwich Art Group, 4a Champion Hill, London, SE5 8AH
Alex Tzavaras is one the most compelling portrait artists working to day. He unerringly gets a likeness and always works with precision and style. Whilst he is exceptionally talented he does follow a very clear set of steps in order to arrive at his finished images. Unlike many artists who get great results without really knowing how Alex is explicit; he can show you how he paints and explain why it works.
This is a workshop for artists with some experience in oil painting, working alongside Alex the way students would have done in a traditional atelier. Starting with anatomical markers to work out the proportions of the face and head you will learn how to recognise the planes of the head and using tonal values you will model its form. There will be an introduction to the principles of colour temperature for students who wish to progress on to the use of colour.
Working from a live model students will progress from short studies to a long 3 session pose from which they will each complete a finished portrait.
Whilst all abilities are welcome it is clear that you will gain much more from this course if you have a working competency in drawing, either in the mass drawing process that Alex teaches (on Tuesdays) or with traditional approaches that allow you to fix proportion without too much of a fight. Similarly you will be working with oil paint and if you understand the principles and practices of this medium you will be able to devote your time to nailing the likeness rather than working out why you are swimming in a sea of mud!
If you are not sure if this would be a good fit for you email us a couple of images of your work and Alex will suggest the best next steps for you to take.
The course fee is £300 and if you’d like to attend this course, having read the advice notes above, please fill in the form below.