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Photorealism 2 Day Course 

Booking Info
  • TutorMilan Topalovic
  • Price-
  • Age-
  • LevelAll Levels

Mon 6 - Tue 7 Aug, 10am - 4pm | £50 (£45) | All | 18+

Learn the art of photorealism and produce a photorealistic portrait, developing your interpretation of form and tone bringing your portrait to life with meticulous detail.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open beginners so you don’t need any previous drawing experience. A great course for those interested in learning to draw or attempting portraiture for the first time.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical drawing activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

Starting each session with short portrait challenges, to develop your confidence, observational and free-hand drawing skills. Based on a grid technique utilised by iconic contemporary portraiture artists such as Chuck Close, over the course you will work towards producing a photorealistic portrait, developing your interpretation of form and tone bringing your portrait to life with meticulous detail.

The course will cover the following skills:

Observational skills 
Improving the artist’s eye 
Techniques of proportion, lighting, tone, form and detail
Selection of appropriate materials to achieve desired effect
Time management skills and methodical planning
Fine motor skills
Confidence Building

The course will be taught through a combination of group challenges and individual work on portrait drawings. The tutor will set challenges and provide assistance based on each individual’s needs and aims. 

The course will focus on drawing using different grades of pencils and graphite sticks however advanced students are welcome to bring materials to work in other mediums such as watercolour or pastels.
On completion of this course you can expect to have a selection of drawings and portraits.

Do you need to bring anything?
The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, graphite sticks, erasers, sharpeners. 

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

You may wish to provide additional materials at your own expense.

Who teaches this course?
Milan Topalovic

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