Gillian Clarke with Carol Ann Duffy, "The Poets" (detail)

Gillian Clarke with Carol Ann Duffy, "The Poets" (detail)

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I have started running a regular portrait workshop in collaboration with Cass Art, London. They are usually held at the Cass Art flagship store in Islington.

These workshops are for all ages and levels, though some experience and ability to mix and use paint is necessary. Working with a live model this class is about working instinctively rather than academically. By this I mean a technique of application and movement likened to action painting, adopted by the early abstract expressionists. In doing this it focuses on colour, light and form while working quickly to capture the expression and character of the model. Producing an instinctive portrait, rather than focusing on measuring and traditional representation, a fast track developing skill in expressing character. When creating a portrait this kind of preliminary work is crucial. It is the way I gather my reference material before I begin on the main portrait. These workshops are excellent in training the eye to a much more sophisticated level of seeing. You will begin to understand the complexity of colour much more and your ability in drawing and measuring will come naturally.

The atmosphere is relaxed and fun but prepare to be tired out by the end! 

The next workshop dates are:

Sunday 26th November 2017 at Cass Art Islington, 1pm to 4:30pm. 10 students only. 

Sunday 17th December 2017 at Cass Art Islington, 12pm to 3:30pm. 10 students only.