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29 Southern Road
Bournemouth, England, BH6 3SR
United Kingdom


Classical Art Academy run Drawing and Oil Painting Classes Courses Workshops and Painting Holidays from their studio in Bournemouth, Dorset.  Art courses, classes and workshops in Drawing and Oil Painting for all ability levels and ages.

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Portrait Chiaroscuro Painting From A Photograph; 2 Day Course

This is a two day studio based course in how to paint a portrait from a photograph.   Many portrait artist work from photographs or use a mix of live models and photographs within their work.

In this short course you learn a simple way to scale up and transfer your photographic image onto a canvas quickly and efficiently keeping the proportion shape and likeness intact.   You learn how to map out the image onto canvas using an imprimatura underpainting, a painting method used by the old masters of the renaissance.  

Once the Imprimatura stage has been completed the focus is then on producing a Classical Chiaroscuro painting.  A tonal value study matching the delicate monochrome values of the photograph.  

Earlier Event: August 30
Wild Seas inspired by David James
Later Event: September 23
Working With Colour