Class Overview

Painting Portraits of Color | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationExpand your artistic expression and learn how to paint a variety of skin tones of color -- from olive, to mahogany, to rich dark browns.

We'll practice palette and brush techniques for features, different hair textures, and darker eyes.

Each session will be tailored for technique and creative development.

The class will also explore the history of Caribbean, Mediterranean, and African American artists.

Course Outline

  • Session 1: Introduction to instructor, student meet and greet, materials list, and syllabus explanation of class assignments.
  • Session 2: Demos and Color Theory and Mixing. How to use brushes, solvent, application, of paints.
  • Session 3: Blocking out shapes for portraits. Learning shapes of features.
  • Session 4: Application of paint, washes, and tones.
  • Sessions 5: Transparency, Light, Shadow, and Glazing.
  • Session 6: Painting with Texture. Learning to paint different types of hair textures.
  • Session 7: Adding clothing for texture and contrast.
  • Session 8: Adding highlights.
  • Session 9: Class will meet on a Sunday for a trip to the Seattle African American Museum.

Supplies Needed

Please see the supply list.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the tools and techniques to paint beautiful skin tones of color.
  • Learn about famous artists of color from America, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, and Europe.
  • Understand art as a form of personal expression.

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Students who want to learn how to paint various skin tones, from light olive, to all shades of brown, to black.
  • Artists interested in improving their portrait painting skills.
  • Students who would benefit from detailed instruction by an instructor.
  • Anyone who would enjoy learning from a variety of media including real-time videoconferencing, written material, colorful photos and videos.
  • Students who would like individual critique via email.

Instructor, Location & Fee

  • Instructor: Georgetta Gancarz
  • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
  • Fee: $199
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