Portraiture Workshop with Michael King

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The expressive and dynamic nature of portrait painting is through the interpretation of the subject and finding a pathway through the composition using shapes, proportion, value, colour temperature, and edges. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with a strong base of information regarding the head along with the experience of being expressive and loose so your paintings become dynamic and alive.

To take your portrait painting to the next level or to get you started on the right track we will cover:

  • proportions and planes of the head
  • how to use key features, values and landmarks
  • how to capture a likeness
  • using shapes to define form and proportions of the subject
  • why values and colour temperature are important to the form and how to use both to guide the viewer
  • how to determine the value of colour
  • the power of soft and hard edges
  • how to mix skin tones no matter the situation
  • various brush techniques for staying loose
  • BONUS: How to easily fix muddy and chalky colours

We will be painting from photos for this workshop, but lighting is critical. After registering, you will be provided a PDF document outlining how to best take a photo for portraiture reference. Please use it to take photos of an individual you would like to paint during the workshop.  A supply will be provided as well.

Alternatively, I will have reference photos available for use.

Oil, Acrylic and Pastel painters welcome.

Workshop price is $350.00. If you are an Okanagan School of the Arts member your discounted fee is $335 – please call the office to receive your discount or for information about becoming a member.

Workshop schedule:   Friday evening 6 to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4 pm, Sunday 9 am to 3 pm

Please visit Michael’s website https://www.michaelking.ca/

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