3-Day UART Workshop with Alain J. Picard: Painterly Portrait
Location: Newtown Meeting House, Newtown, CT
Date: Thursday October 26 – Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: Thursday October 26, 9:30am-4:30pm, Friday October 27, 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturday October 28, 9:30am-4:30pm
Instructor: Alain Picard
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Number of Workshop Days: 3
In this workshop, students will work from a live model as well as photographs, learning how to light, pose, and photograph the subject to create lifelike painterly portraits on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper.
Day one will begin with a full demonstration of a painterly approach to pastel, using a live model. This demonstration covers explanations of pastel portrait techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, developing a painterly style, and harnessing the power of strong design. Students will then work from the live model, creating their own exploratory thumbnail studies and compositional approaches, honing in on their portrait composition. Then students will photograph the model(s) together, discussing how to capture strong reference material using a digital SLR or mirrorless digital camera.
Day two of the workshop will be devoted to developing portraits from the photographic reference students have gathered. Students will learn how to use this reference as a tool in creating lifelike painterly portraits. Alain will continue his demonstration from day one using photographic reference on the second day, revealing how the photograph can be used to further develop and refine the portrait, while keeping it loose and lifelike.
On day three, Alain will demonstrate a small portrait for the “Reflections of Hope” series from start to finish using photographs taken throughout his travels in Cambodia. Students will then work from their own photographs on day three with individual instruction at the easel. Alain will provide a constructive critique to close the workshop. You will feel empowered with working knowledge to create your own painterly portraits from life and photographic reference.
UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop.
Check out Alain’s works at www.picardstudio.com