Using Colour in Portraits 2: Limited Palette, Online Workshop

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Learn the fundamentals of colour mixing for portrait painting as you create a portrait using a limited palette with Christopher Clements.

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Course Price £120, reserve your place with a £30 deposit, the remainder will be invoiced before the course.

To learn how to mix colour it is best to keep it simple, so on this course you’ll work with a palette consisting of just red, yellow and black mixed with white.

This palette is sometimes known as the ‘Zorn’ Palette after the 19th Century Swedish painter known for the incredible range and unity he achieved using very few colours.

The limited choice of colour helps you understand the basic ingredients of a palette and the role of each pigment. It is very helpful if you’re just getting started with colour or want to go back to basics to develop your existing knowledge.

The principles you’ll learn underpin all colour mixing and the practical colour mixing experience you’ll gain will give you a foundation for more advanced colour use.

The approach is designed to develop your painting in logical way by making one decision at a time, helping you to overcome problems while developing your technique.

You’ll look at the technicalities of oil paint, including layering, mediums and brushwork. What you’ll learn will be perfectly suited painting for your own enjoyment, making stand alone portrait sketches, studies for studio portraits or simply developing your knowledge of colour use.

Is this course for me?

This is an intermediate level course so some experience of drawing is recommended. The course will really suit you if you:

  • Have experience of drawing and want to learn to use paint
  • Have painting experience but want to improve your colour mixing
  • Are just looking for an enjoyable and informing portrait painting course

If you’ve already done a Northern Realist Portrait Drawing course, the Grisaille or the Warm & Cool Colour portrait courses, this is the ideal next step.

Course Overview

Each week, Christopher will begin the session with an explanation and demonstration of what he’s going to cover. You’ll then work on your own painting using reference images sent to you, getting plenty of personal feedback as you progress.

You’ll look at drawing the head in paint, in particular proportion, orientation and construction of the head as well as compositional principles.

You’ll develop your portrait study in stages enabling you to concentrate on one concept at a time.

  • Paint a well structured head with accurately placed features
  • Learn to use a limited palette to mix skin tones
  • Create focus through brushwork and selective rendering of detail

By the end of the workshop you will have learnt how a limited colour palette works and how to use it to keep your colour clean, unified and lively. You will also have developed your painting technique and understanding of layering, mediums and brushwork.

As you’d expect with any Northern Realist course, it’s friendly and relaxed as well a great chance to spend time concentrating on your work alongside like-minded, friendly artists - See the Northern Realist website for more details

Course Price £120, reserve your place with a £30 deposit, the remainder will be invoiced before the course.


What will I need?

You’ll need an internet connection, webcam and the following materials:

  • One piece of primed canvas or canvas paper
  • A range of hog bristle painting brushes
  • 1 House painting brush
  • Turpentine, Odourless Mineral Spirits, Sansodor, Zest it or similar
  • Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
  • Painting Palette
  • Dipping Cup
  • Titanium White Oil Paint
  • Ivory Black or Blue Black Oil Paint
  • Yellow Ochre or Yellow Ochre Light Oil Paint
  • Cadmium Red or Cadmium Red Hue Oil Paint
  • Rags and Kitchen Roll

What software do I need?

None, you will be sent an invitation to a scheduled Zoom meeting, click on that at the time of the course and a window will open on your computer with on screen instructions.

Whatsapp is really useful for sending images for feedback but not essential.

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    What's the refund policy?

    • No deposit refunds unless the course is cancelled, remainder refunds up to 2 weeks in advance.
    • Full refund including deposit if the course is cancelled

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