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Progressing with Portrait Painting


10 January – 28 March 2022 / 6.30pm – 9.00pm
12 Mondays / No half term break

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12 Mondays

This course will be of interest to those who have experience of portrait painting and drawing. We will consider questions of perception and identity in relation to a variety of artists including Rembrandt, Manet and Sargent. The use of photography as a visual source will also be evaluated and how the fleeting moment is translated into painting.

10 January – 28 March 2022 / 6.30pm – 9.00pm
12 Mondays / No half term break

Tutor: Gianluca Rotelli
Course #: MN05

Materials List

Please bring these materials with you when you start the course:

Choose one medium to get started with: Oil, Watercolour or Drawing

• Paints
Use your preferred palette or: Titanium white, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Yellow Ochre, Light Red, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine
• Brushes
As preferred or: small (4) medium (6) and large (8) round hog brushes
• Low Odour Thinners
• A palette (preferably one you could pick up)
• Cotton rags
• Reservoirs for thinners etc

• Support eg. canvas
• Palette knife

• Pencils – 3B
• Eraser (Winsor and Newton ‘Griffin’)
• Sharpener
• Cartridge or similar sketch book A4 or A5
• One pad good watercolour paper (rough/Not or smooth as preferred) not less than 140lb (A3 size ideal) or large loose sheets of paper
• Mixing Palette: Moulded plastic or ceramic with compartments / reservoirs
• 2 containers for water to use for cleaning brushes
• Brush: Good medium-sized watercolour brush (size 6 or 7, preferably soft animal hair)
• 1” roll of Masking tape.
• Paints – Preferably in tubes. Ideal colours to get started are listed below (Winsor & Newton artist’s watercolours or their ‘Cotman’ student range are good)
Recommended pigments available in small tubes (or pans if preferred):
• French Ultramarine
• Raw Sienna
• Burnt Sienna
• Alizarin Crimson
• Cerulean Blue
• Cadmium Yellow Pale


If you have a preferred drawing medium start with that or use:
• 3B pencils, charcoal, cartridge paper, eraser


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