Level III – Portrait
April 30 - June 11$260
Youth Ages 13-18 | 4 Sunday Sessions 1-4pm
Class Dates: April 30, May 21, June 4 & June 11
[Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation]
STUDY THEMES — Portrait with a Live Model
These monthly sessions are for the young artist, ages 13 – 18, who demonstrates the ability to handle paint with proficiency, has command of the drawing skill including perspective, and/or has taken Level I and Level II Drawing. Students learn to combine knowledge of the planes of the head and understanding of color to build a convincing three-dimensional “alla prima” portrait.
In a series of exercises, students build the painting from open grisaille to closed grisaille, to full color paint application in the Studio Incamminati 23-color palette using both the palette knife and brushes. This approach leads to correctly lining up the features in perspective. The layering of wet into wet paint application will be emphasized, using the basic five value scale of three values in the light and two in the shadow.
The light key will be explored in warm light and cool light. The concepts we will address are the basic planes of the head and features, anatomy, how the planes relate to the organic anatomy, merging the planar and the organic, flesh tones in the light key, approaching hair and highlights, and finally, the unusual angle.
Command of the drawing skill and proficiency in the handling of oil paint is recommended. There will be a live portrait model for all classes. Model fees will be shared among all students in class.
About the Artist Instructor: Our long-time instructor, Michela Mansuino, is an instructor at Studio Incamminati, where she graduated in in 2017, an Atelier for the study of humanist realism in Philadelphia. Her awards are numerous, including two honorable mentions from the Portrait Society of America, first prize in the Strictly Painting Competition, Finalist in the ARC International Salon. Michela continues to teach the Youth Program at The Arts of Great Falls on weekends, bringing classical art instruction to her youth students. website=www.mansuino.com