Arts and Crafts
Animal Portraits in Mixed Media
New for 2013
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TUTOR: Kim Vines
This delightful portraiture course is designed for all levels of ability, including complete beginners. With each individual tutored carefully through the process, you have the option of leaving with a professionally mounted artwork.
Students will be asked to bring a selection of A4 sized, individual ‘headshot' photographs of beloved pets and animals. Using one of these photographs, they will be guided through a unique, exciting and revelatory set of defined stages to arrive at a finished artwork. Starting with tuition in the principles of classic drawing skills that ensure a true likeness, using observation and measuring techniques, and choosing an interesting palette, students will learn the ‘tricks of the trade' that will enable them to produce a finished portrait beyond their expectations.
Working at their own pace, students will progress through several manageable stages, each preceded by tuition and demonstration. These include:
· Selection of an image with the most promise for a pleasing portrait
· Defining scale, composition and colour palette
· Measuring and perspective for accuracy
· Recognising the role of positive and negative shapes, and the use of light and shade
· Using materials in unorthodox ways to produce unusual effects
· Finishing to a professional standard, including highlighting, limited abstraction and cropping.
Each student will be encouraged to learn and apply these techniques at their own pace or ability level.
All materials and equipment will be supplied by the Summer School but you are welcome to bring any with you, especially if you have a set of soft pastels that you usually use.
You will need to bring a selection of A4 size colour photographic images from which to choose you portrait subject/subjects. When sourcing these images or taking photos in preparation for the course, it would be preferable, where possible, to use images that follow these basic rules:
· The image must be clear and in focus
· Be in ‘close up' i.e. just the head, or head/shoulders
· Features such as eyes can be clearly seen (watch for shadows across the eyes)
· The pose should be full frontal or partial profile shot. Try not to choose a full profile picture and, with dogs, watch for ‘lolling tongues' as these tend not to translate well in portraiture.
· Do not photograph animals from above, such as shooting downwards at a small dog. Try to capture images at eye level.
You will be given the option to have your artwork mounted by the tutor for an additional cost which is to be paid directly to the tutor.
If you have any queries regarding the course, the tutor, Kim Vines, can be contacted directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Tutor
Kim gained her degree in Fine Arts at Chelsea School of Art during the 1970s and worked initially for the BBC specialising in make-up and prosthetics; skills which took her around the world working in the film industry. Now a busy commissioned artist specialising in portraiture, Kim also teaches extensively. Whether it be for identified ‘Gifted Pupils' in schools or in one-to-one tutoring of mature artists in her studio, her ability to communicate and demonstrate with crystal clarity infuses her teaching practice. Examples of her work can be seen at www.kvines.com