This course is designed to provide you with in-depth technical knowledge of the pastel medium applied to portrait painting, and enhance your powers of observation.
For early modern and modern European painters, portraiture required the study of anatomy and an understanding of how to report three-dimensional figures onto two-dimensional surfaces. Recording the countenance, motion, and character of their sitters, artists relied at once on observation and rules of spatial representation. Learning to work in this way, you will experiment with materials used by 17th and 18th-centuries pastel masters. You will receive individual guidance and extensive feedback, and practise at your own pace. Three online lessons with a duration of 3hrs each (plus extra time for breaks) are spread over a period of three weeks.
Online via zoom link
Thursday afternoons (4pm BST) 26 August, 2 & 9 September 2021.
You may order the following materials at an additional cost of £55 (postage in the UK included): a set of 3 pastel crayons handmade with historical materials, 1 prepared vellum ground (15x20cm) similar to those used by Jean-Étienne Liotard.
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