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Portrait Painting Techniques / Finish Your Portrait

Portrait Painting Techniques - How to Finish Your Portrait / 2 Dec

If you would like to create realistic portraits, and develop and showcase your own personal style why not join Jack Ford’s paint-along class for 2 hours of fun, live on Zoom? Jack’s teaching style is casual, very informative, and easy to follow as he instructs and demonstrates his painting process, breaking it all down into logical steps.

In Week 6, learn the techniques of completion to finish your painted portrait. If you ever feel stuck, this session will show you how to assess your next stages and visual focus, looking at tonal harmonies, edges and atmosphere.

You’ll see that consistent progress is not about how much time you paint, it’s about defining reasonable goals, laying out the plan, and sticking with it! Even if life doesn’t allow you to paint regularly, having a plan will help you pick right up where you left off — no more trying to figure out where you were the last time you painted!

A 2 hour virtual session delivered via Zoom with commentary throughout and Q&As. There are 6 weekly classes in total, and no matter your skill level or your time commitment you can book as many or as few classes as you wish.

Week 1: Alla Prima Portrait

Week 2: Create a Self Portrait

Week 3: Alla Prima Self Portrait

Week 4: The Figure

Week 5: Planning your Painting

Week 6: How to Finish Your Painted Portrait

All of these techniques will help improve your portrait work, and everything else you love to paint. Best of all, you’ll have more fun and find deeper satisfaction in your own portraits because your personal voice and style will begin to emerge with each new painting — what every artist is looking for!

Click here to download the materials list for this class.

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Jack Ford

Jack is a traditionally trained artist studying first at the Arts University Bournemouth and then moving to Florence to study under internationally renowned painter and teacher Charles H Cecil, where he ended up teaching at Charles H Cecil Studios, as a visiting tutor before returning back to London in 2017. Since returning Jack has worked as an artist in his studio in London, and has continued teaching as a visiting tutor at Atelier Tremlett in Lewes and returning to Florence to teach at points throughout the year.

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Portrait Painting Techniques - The Self Portrait / 4 Nov


7:00pm – 9:00pm 4 Nov, 2020

Portrait Painting Techniques - The Figure / 18 Nov


7:00pm – 9:00pm 18 Nov, 2020

Portrait Painting Techniques - Plan Your Painting / 25 Nov


7:00pm – 9:00pm 25 Nov, 2020

What equipment will I need?

A desktop PC/Mac, laptop or tablet with an up to date internet browser (ideally Google Chrome or Firefox) and Zoom installed, a good internet connection, well lit room and your materials.

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How do I access my class?

HSoA Virtual classes are delivered using Zoom. Access details will be provided on your receipt and are available via your account dashboard. They will also be emailed to you the day before or 1 hour before your class starts.

Get set up

If you’re new to online learning, our Set Up Guide walks you through the steps to getting prepared for a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

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