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Advanced portrait course

If you are excited about the portrait and you already have basic knowledge of drawing, you cannot miss this course in which you will learn to see the portrait from a new perspective to understand that it is not only a structure formed by a skeleton and muscles, but above all an explosion of emotions and feelings. You will discover that the portrait is not only a genre that lives on commission, but is a major work capable of transmitting sensations and emotions.

In this course we will explore the portrait from two angles: technical and interpretative solutions. The union of both is the one that will provide resources and maturity in the realization of portraits to the student who takes this course.

The resolution of the resemblance will be one of the topics that the course will address, allowing to do so by providing the portrait of a specific character, going one step beyond the simple copy of the reference.

We will study the face, proportions, structure, anatomy, factions and differences between the standard human and the different types of person analyzing in which aspects the similarity resides.

Likewise, the understanding of the effects of light on the model, the different expressive readings that it can offer and how to use it for our benefit will be another of the pillars on which the course will focus. For this, we will alternate practical work sessions based on photographic references and sessions with a natural model.

At the end of this course each student will feel in possession of the necessary tools and confidence to address this genre of drawing and painting with guarantees.

Medium and advanced level. The advanced portrait course is designed for students who already have basic drawing skills. Contact us and send images of your work to find out if you are at the right level to take full advantage of the course.

Teachers: Pere Navarro

Location: European Museum of Modern Art

Level: Medium level | higher

Medium: Dry technique and oil

Duration: 36 teaching hours

Hours: Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Course content

  • Different methods and technical approaches. Materials and supports. Graphite and charcoal.
  • Structure and proportion of the human face.
  • The portrait with dry techniques. Preparatory sketch to graphite and definitive work in coal
  • Light and shadow on the human face. Tonal Simplification
  • The importance and benefits of establishing a work process.
  • The model in the portrait. Photographic and natural reference. Self Portrait
  • Personal project.

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