Portrait Painting from Life: An abstract approach to a detailed portrait
Portrait Painting from Life: An abstract approach to a detailed portrait
Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
Monday - Friday
January 20 — January 24, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuition: $599

By using this step by step approach, the complexities of portrait painting are simplified to the very basics. By making large shapes progressively smaller, students will begin placing simplified versions of the features until they have a fully developed portrait. The color palette will remain limited and students will see how to achieve many different "flesh" colors with very few colors on the palette.

The focus will be on :

• Drawing: Succesful drawing and proportions by pushing paint and through actively thinking of large shapes. Brush handling and paint control.

• Color: The complexities of color will be simplified. Seth will show how Form and three dimensions can be sculpted through a methodical color approach. By less color mixing and more layering of intense colors through scumbling, a unique look can be achieved.

Outline:
Students work from the live model. Each day will consist of Alla-prima portraits in the morning followed by longer poses that span multiple days in the afternoon. Most mornings will start with a demonstration introducing the concepts and focus presented for the day. Planes, edges, color temperature, color harmony, three dimensions, texture, paint handling and brush control will be discussed. In addition, cloth, backgrounds, and finishing paintings will be addressed and demonstrated.

The instructor discusses how this leads directly into a multiple layered studio portrait. He also discusses the similarities and challenges between painting from life and from photographs.

Seth Haverkamp derives his primary inspiration from beauty -- color, form, and the drama of light and dark. Along with interesting and unique still-life paintings Seth has done many commissioned portraits, but his chief subject and love is his wife and children. His portrait “Essie’s Headress”  won “People’s Choice Award” in the 2013 Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition. Other honors include a Certificate of Excellence in the 2011 Portrait Society Competition, a Best in Show award at the 2008 Portrait Society Competition, and a finalist award in the Art Renewal Center’s 2011International Competition. Seth’s work has been highlighted in a number of publications including American Artist, International Artist magazine, and the online magazine Artists on Art. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the United States.

View his work at sethhaverkamp.com

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Due to limited class space, tuition is non-refundable. A credit for tuition may be issued up to
30 days before the first workshop class. No credit will be issued after that time. Credits are valid from one year of issue. Registration and enrollment is first-come, first-served with full tuition due at time of registration.
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Due to limited class space, tuition must be paid in full at time of registration. A $100 fee is applied for cancellation up to the first class. No refunds will be issued after the first class.
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