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Portrait Painting Focus – with Joseph Santore


Summer 2019

Course Description

This is an opportunity for serious painters to spend two full weeks focusing in on the figure. The
class will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate the changing
light. Students will begin working small on one session paintings and focusing on the
heads. They will work directly from life and from reproductions. “Scale” will be stressed and
the power of the image in the rectangle. A limited palette will be suggested for students who
have not had a lot of experience working from life with oil paint. Eventually all students will
work towards a full range color. Color and light and the physical process of painting will be
stressed, especially the idea of paint as flesh. The tradition of portrait painting will be
discussed during the course of the two weeks and, since we have access to a terrific library,
images will be easily accessible. A final critique will take place after the last painting session
and everyone is required to attend.

This class is for serious students who will come to class on time and work hard throughout the
two weeks. This class is based on perception and the discussion connected to painting from
direct observation. This should be a priority for any student taking this class. We discourage
students who think they can come and go at their leisure and not fully participate. Instructors
will be present in the studio three days a week, usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Course Syllabus

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