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


Course Information

Egon Schiele Self-Portrait with Physalis 1912

We very much look forward to welcoming both new and returning students to the University in October 2022. Unless otherwise stated, this Reflective Art in Practice course will be taught in person at our Highfield Campus, Building 34. Please click here to view a map of the Campus.

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Reflective Art in Practice: Exploring Portraiture - 8 week course.

We 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 module 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.

For further information about this course, please click on Read More below.

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Course Leader

Abi Kremer
Course Description

Week 1. Part 1- Introduction: the Nature of Portraiture

• Leonardo da Vinci

• Titian

• Albrecht Durer

Part 2 – Drawing skills: pencil

Week 2. Dutch Portraits

Part 1 – Looking at light

• Rembrandt

• Vermeer

• Frans Hals

Part 2- Workshop: Charcoal and white pastel

Week 3. Society Portraits

Part 1 – Realism

* Gainsborough

• Van Dyke

• Reynolds

Part 2 – Workshop: Pastel

Week 4. Impressionism

Part 1 – Colour and meaning

• Manet

• Monet

• Singer Sargeant

Part 2 – Workshop: Watercolour

Week 5. Expressionism

Part 1 – Painting emotions

• Van Gogh

• Gaugin

• Munch

Part 2 – Workshop: Acrylic

Week 6. Decadence in Society

Part 1 – Line and pattern

• Gustav Klimt

• Egon Schiele

• Chuck Close

• Part 2 – Workshop: Collage and mixed media

Week 7. Artists and sitters

Part 1 – Truth to vision

• Lucian Freud

• Frank Auerbach

• Jenny Saville

Part 2 – Workshop: Acrylic

Week 8. Contemporary Art and Portraiture

Part 1 – Mixed Messages

• Gary Hume

• Lynette Yiadom - Boakye

* Cindy Sherman

Part 2 – Workshop: Mixed media


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Reflective Art in Practice: Exploring Portraiture (Tuesday 7-9pm)
10/01/202328/02/20230[Read More]

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