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Continuing Education at PAFA

PT 602E Portrait Painting

with Theodore Xaras


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This class covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Learn how to achieve a likeness, model light and shade, mix flesh tones, and apply paint. Includes demonstrations, and insights into the history of portraiture. Valuable information for all levels.  Drawing experience required.

Learning Objectives

• The students will learn to analyze and construct a portrait using clearly defined steps.

• Students will be able to achieve a likeness through the careful observation of shapes and their color/value equivalent, which together form the “topography’ of the face.

• Students will learn how to mix and adjust colors to produce accurate flesh tones.

• Students will be able to produce three completed portraits, including one which includes the entire torso and hands.

• With practice, students will be able to paint a recognizable portrait from life.

• Students will gain an appreciation for the art of portraiture from their own work as well as to become acquainted with historical and contemporary examples as a basis for further study.

(Tuition includes $15 model fee.)

Materials List Xaras PT 602E

  • Jan 23 - Apr 16th, 2020
    Thu for 12 weeks from 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

(215) 972-7600

128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 Get directions

Room: 461

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