Painting the Portrait with Kerry Dunn - Norcross, GA
Painting the Portrait with Kerry Dunn - Norcross, GA
Instructor: Kerry Dunn
Location: Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle St., Norcross, GA 30071
Monday - Friday
September 24 — September 28, 2018
Time: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Tuition: $599

The purpose of this workshop is to study the building stages of creating a portrait painting from life. By following a basic process, we more closely examine each stage and its correlating visual principles.

Students will start with a grisaille in order to capture the gesture and use Bargue drawing type thinking to study the proportions of the head. Then flesh tones are added to develop a fuller value range and begin building the illusion of light on form. Color studies using a basic abstract color theory and an understanding of the color of the light source will be explored and then woven into this process as we enter the middle stages of the painting.

Finally, the second half of the week will be devoted to a long pose where students will practice building their painting in preparation for the ‘final pass’ or ‘finish pass’ which will also be explored. All stages will be demonstrated by the instructor along with individual attention at each student’s easel. In addition we will study the use of edges, focal points, the concept of larger to smaller relationships, planar thinking, anatomical landmarks and paint handling.

The class starts with shorter head studies progressing toward a 2½ day portrait painting at the end of the week. Students leave with a greater understanding of the cohesive painting process and the ability to integrate the exercises into that process. This moves them closer to painting a more complete portrait.

Kerry Dunn conducts a three-hour painting demonstration Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 – 10 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 6110 Blue Stone Road NE,  Sandy Springs, GA. The demo is free to workshop participants and also to the Portrait Society of Atlanta members and $30 for non-member /general public. To register for the demo, call 404-851-9111.

Kerry Dunn received the 2016 Portrait Society of America competition's Certificate of Excellence. In 2009, he earned a Portrait Society of America Certificate of Excellence. His works have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and hang in many collections.

Kerry Dunn was named "one of 25 Artists of Tomorrow” by American Artist magazine. His self-portrait was awarded Best in Show in the Portrait Society of America’s 2013 International Portrait Competition and was featured on the cover of American Art Collector. He also earned Certificates of Excellence in the Portrait Society of America’s 2016 and 2009 competitions as well as the society’s Exceptional Merit Award. He was one of four studio artists chosen by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for Face to Face: The Craniofacial Program Portrait Project. His work and teaching methods have been featured in American Artist magazine and his art as appeared in numerous exhibitions and private collections.

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