Portrait Painting (CSPN 111)

Portraiture is more than just capturing a likeness - it's about telling a story. This course centers on skills and techniques necessary to represent the unique essence of your subject. Through in-class sessions with a model and self-directed research, this course encourages you to explore portrait painting beyond the basics. You will learn to observe the nuances of facial proportions and features, how to capture details with accuracy and sensitivity, and create depth, dimension, and atmosphere in your portraits. Study different styles and approaches, and apply your knowledge of composition and colour to convey mood, emotion, and meaning. By the end of the course your portraits will showcases your ability to analyze and represent the essence of your subject in paint. Whether you're an aspiring portrait artist or simply looking to develop your painting skills, this course is an opportunity to advance your artistic journey using a universal fascination, the human face.

Contact Hours

18 course hours (3 hours per class)

Prior Learning

To fully benefit from this course, prior experience with Painting is required. Painting from Life is recommended.

Courses offered that meet Prior Learning Requirements

Tuition + Materials

Tuition is $388.00. Download your detailed materials list before your first class.

Course Format

Course offering is available either online synchronous (VCHAT) or on campus (GNWC). View schedule for current and upcoming formats.


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