ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
Learn how to catch a likeness in a spirited, sketchy approach to portraiture. Combining alla-prima, large brushwork with sensitive line, one can complete this kind of oil portrait in just a few hours. Woolley will demonstrate how on Saturday morning. Each student will then paint three different oil portrait sketches, while receiving individual easel-by-easel instruction.
Woolley will also show how to use the “yin-yang” complementary palette to mix beautiful skin tones. There is no one formula for painting flesh. Color mixtures should depend on what is seen, and are always highly influenced by the lighting and surrounding background hues.
To paint a good portrait sketch, one must first be tuned in to the subject. Students start by identifying what interests them most about the model they will be painting, such as the person’s attitude, expression or a particular feature. This idea will drive their painting. And it’s fun.
Showing something truly interesting about the subject is the most important goal for the oil portrait sketch. Getting a likeness is secondary, and will follow as one develops accuracy in depicting relative shapes, values and color relationships.
From the start, everything is done in paint directly on the canvas. No preliminary drawing. Using a brush, the student will create a lively sketch of the head and shoulders. This is followed by swiftly blocking in the major masses of color while working dark to light and large to small. Then the forms will be developed, working wet-on-wet, while observing subtle shifts in value, temperature or intensity as the form turns. Working rapidly but deliberately, mixing colors continuously, the student will learn to “see” and then learn to “see better.”
Having limited time facilitates this learning process. Everything going on the canvas is fresh, and by saving the “editing” for later, the painter learns to see well. Perfecting the features is saved for last. And the eyes have it!
In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. Learn more.
August 5–6, 2017, Saturday–Sunday, 9 AM–4 PM