The Luminous Portrait with Joshua LaRock

Course ID
Portrait Drawing and Painting with Joshua LaRock
Tuesday through Friday, July 9 - 12 2019, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Workshop Fee:
$875 for members, $920 for nonmembers

Capturing a likeness is among the most elusive yet emotionally satisfying of artistic endeavors and a good drawing is undoubtedly the most critical component in achieving a good result. In this 4 day workshop Joshua will walk students through the steps necessary to create a luminous, indirect portrait painting from life, beginning with a drawing in graphite and white chalk.

From Joshua:
My demonstration and critiques will center around the principles of form and how to understand and achieve the illusion of three-dimensions. By better understanding the importance of form the student will gain new insight into values, structure, expression and indeed, color.
Each morning session will begin with a thorough portrait demonstration from the model including a dialogue of all key concepts, while the afternoon will focus on personal critiques as you create your own painting. We will progress each day, working on the same pose, through a clear method which you will be able to easily apply to your own work. The first day will begin with the block-in, or line drawing, including a discussion of both two and three dimensional conception and problem-solving strategies. With a solid start, we will move on to an in-depth investigation of the portrait’s forms and large value relationship, as well as the practical and conceptual techniques of modeling which can often be counter-intuitive. The drawing will be transferred to canvas.

On the second day we will begin the first of three layers of paint, one each day. I will be teaching the the indirect approach to oil painting which is distinct from the alla-prima, or wet-in-wet, method in that it is done in layers and can therefore achieve wonderful and subtle effects by the use of semi-transparent veils of paint. The first layer consists of a thin neutralized underpainting to establish large value relationships. The second is a slightly thicker layer where the form is built up and more color context is added. And finally, a refining pass with a discussion of glazing and scumbling will be applied the third day.

Day 1: Block-in drawing – lighting, 2 dimensional vs 3 dimensional concepts. Render drawing in graphite focusing on form and structure. Transfer to canvas.
Day 2: Underpainting – discuss various methods, intro to color space – hue/value/chroma
Day 3: Building up form – lighter lights, darker darks, with more color context. Anticipate final layer.
Day 4: Finishing – Polishing and refining by glazing and scumbling; consider edges.


Please call the Lyme Art Association at (860) 434-7802 to register.

A non-refundable deposit to hold your place in this workshop is $300.  The balance, $620 for non-members or $575 for members, is due before midnight on June 9, 2019.  If the balance (or full payment) is not received by June 9, your space may be forfeited without notification.

If you register on or after June 9, please pay the full amount for the class.  A $300 payment after June 9 does not reserve for you a place in the class.

Once the class is full, you may put your name on a waiting list. 


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