Painting the Portrait
September 23 - 27
9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
2200 Parks Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA
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 are explored and
then weaved into this process as we enter the middle stages of the painting. Finally, the second half of the week is devoted
to a long pose where students practice building their painting in preparation for the ‘final pass’ or ‘finish pass’ which also is explored.
All stages are demonstrated by the instructor along with individual attention at each student’s easel. In
addition we 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 2 ½ 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 two-hour Portrait demo. during MOCA Family Fest, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m. During Family Fest, the museum and activities are
FREE and open to the public.
Guest Instructor Kerry Dunn received the 2013 Portrait Society of America competition’s Best in Show award. In 2009, he earned a
Portrait Society of America Certificate of Excellence. His works have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and hang in