Working from photographs, you will learn the fundamentals of portrait painting with the goal of achieving strong likeness and evoking the expression and character of the subject. Technical focus will be on anatomy, proportion, value, colour, shape, form and edges. You will complete two portraits in our online sessions and will acquire the skills to create accurate and expressive portraits.
Start by exploring historical and contemporary portrait artists before moving on to your initial drawing and blocking with a demonstration.
Building on the block-in, the first painting stages, anatomy and form will be discussed and demonstrated.
The second painting (glazing and the addition of more detail) stage will be discussed and demonstrated.
Taking student requests, demonstrations may include particular features or lighting conditions based on student interests.
CLASS MATERIALS LIST:
Paint Colours(in oil or acrylic): Ivory Black, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Middle, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Middle, Cadmium Lemon (recommended brands: Winsor and Newton, Gamblin, Natural Pigments, Old Holland, Williamsburg)
For Oils only: Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil (4oz), Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel (37 ml), M. Graham’s Walnut Alkyd Medium (4oz)
For Acrylic only: Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder, Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish
Gessoed Masonite, Stretched Canvas, Canvas Panels or Oil Paper
Above Ground White Taklon LH Brush Set of 5 (or equivalent)*
Above Ground Red Teijin LH Brush Set of 5 (or equivalent)*
*The instructor uses a variety of soft round and long flat brushes that are both natural hair and synthetic. Please feel free to bring a wide variety of bristle and soft brushes that you have or that you like to use – many different brushes can accomplish the same task. Above are good starter kits.
Matthew Tarini is an artist and instructor currently living in the Hamilton, Ontario area. Matthew began his art education at a traditional art academy before earning his Bachelors of Fine Art at York University and Masters of Fine Art at the University of Western Ontario. He was an instructor at Western University and the University of Alberta and has taught workshops across the country. Working mostly in oil paint his subject matter consists of cityscapes, still lifes, landscapes and figurative work. Along with creating work in these genres, Matthew is actively pursuing a career as a portrait artist. He has done private and public commissions, including portraits for University of Toronto and Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and has appeared on the television show Star Portraits where his work was selected by the comedian Sean Cullen for his private collection. So far Matthew has had four solo exhibitions, including a recent solo show in Edmonton at Scott gallery in 2018. He has also been included in numerous group exhibitions across Canada, including a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Calgary. His work is in collections across Canada and internationally.
“I was very apprehensive about online art classes, but I found it extremely enjoyable. [I] found Matt a very helpful and patient teacher so in fact I have signed up for his next portrait class.” - Louise