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Reflective Art Practice: Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media and Art History: Exploring Portraiture

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Egon Schiele Self-Portrait with Physalis 1912

Term 2 (Tuesday, 7-9pm)

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Course Dates

16th January 2018 – 13th March 2018

Places Available


Course Leader

Abi Kremer
Course Description

Course overview

In this course you will examine attitudes to the portrait, which change to reflect society and art historical developments. Practical exercises will be undertaken in class using drawing materials, paint and collage with personal references as a starting point.


This course combines lectures, a seminar component (discussions and analysis of artworks) and a workshop element. The latter (one and a half hour per two hour session) will explore various artistic styles and practical techniques in drawing, painting and mixed media.


Aims and learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will have gained:


  • Knowledge and understanding of portraiture as illustrated by various artists including Rembrandt and Lucian Freud


  • Some mastery of drawing, painting and mixed media techniques in order to develop personal art projects on the theme of portraiture, building on artists’ examples


Summary of course content

Typically the course will cover the following topics:


Introduction: the Nature of Portraiture

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Titian
  • Albrecht Durer  Looking at light
  • Dutch Portraits
  • Workshop: Drawing skills using pencil
  • Rembrandt
  • Vermeer
  • Frans Hals  Realism
  • Society Portraits
  •            Workshop: Charcoal and white pastel
  • Gainsborough

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