Portrait Painting Fundamentals for Art Educators
Portrait Painting Fundamentals for Art Educators
Instructor: Natalie Italiano
July 19 — July 23, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuition: $550 ($350 for Art Educators)

This workshop introduces fundamental portrait painting concepts based on the curriculum of Studio Incamminati. Through a series of exercises, students learn principles and direct painting methods necessary to paint a portrait from life. Exercises begin with a dynamic approach to grasping the gesture of the head with paint, teaching students to see and build from simple to complex. Studies progress from monochromatic grisaille painting to value and color studies. Concepts covered include construction of the head with simple planes, anatomical landmarks, value relationships, and modeling form with values.

Color study exercises explore basic color theory and the effect of light on form and will include full color and limited palette exercises. Paint handling, edges, and the stages of developing a portrait from life will be explored in this direct painting approach. Daily instructor demonstrations and discussions clearly explain an approach to study influenced by the teachings of Nelson Shanks. An extended pose over the last two days offers students the option to develop a longer portrait.

The content of this workshop meets the standards for the National Art Education Association. All levels of artists are welcome to attend; the workshop is not limited to educators.

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About Instructor

Natalie Italiano is a graduate of Studio Incamminati's Advanced Fine Art Program, and has "Signature Status" from Portrait Society of America. She also received PSoA's Certificate of Excellence in 2009. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and galleries. Besides being an apprentice to SI founder Nelson Shanks, Italiano holds a teaching certificate from the Moore College of Art, is an alumni of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and has a BA from Rowan University in Psychology.

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