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Portraiture Painting Workshop with Caitlyn Rooke


Learn the basics of portrait painting in oils in this 6 hour workshop. This is an opportunity for beginners or professionals who want to freshen up their life painting. This workshop includes demonstrations at each stage of the portrait and with only eight places available, expect individualized thorough feedback throughout the day.

Caitlyn has exhibited her portraits in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2018 Annual in London, as well as in recent RHA annuals in Dublin. Check out Caitlyn’s work on her website, www.caitlynrooke.com and on Instagram: @caitlynrookepainter.

Detailed Outline:
11:00-11:30 Palette Mixing
Mix colors based on close observation of the model, and discuss the transition of temperature across the form, and value relationships. Demo of adjusting values and hues.

11:30-13:00 Utilize abstract thinking to achieve realism
During this stage, consider the design of the portrait and where you wish the focus to rest...the eyes? The mouth? The overall posture of the head? Lay in the composition accurately and directly with paint.

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:00 Establish dark and light values
Find the the mid-tones first, and once those are established, the dark and light values.

15:00-16:00 Features & Expression
Consider the features and expression in the same abstract mindset as the larger masses. If the values and placement of the model’s bone structure is accurate, the details of the features will fall into place.

16:00-17:00 Review and Finish up
This hour will be for those last adjustments, a quick review, and a quick run down on how to properly clean and care for brushes, palette knives, and palettes.

Materials required:
● Primed painting surface: 12in by 16in (30cm x 40cm)
● Palette
● Palette knife
● Paper towels
● Refined linseed oil
● Liquin
● Brushes - Variety of shapes and sizes, rounds are the most versatile
● Odorless Solvent
● Oil colours:
○ titanium white
○ cadmium yellow pale
○ ultramarine blue ( or cobalt blue - a favorite of mine, but very expensive)
○ alizarin crimson
○ yellow ochre
○ burnt umber

Easels are provided by the Arts Centre.


Course Times & Information

Start Date Sat 24th Nov 2018 - 11:00 am
End Date Sat 24th Nov 2018 - 5:00 pm
Capacity 8
Cut off date 20-11-2018
Price per person €75.00
Location Galway Arts Centre
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