Portrait Painting: Heads Above

The portrait will be the departure point for a discussion of simplification and abstraction in pictorial structure for this four-day workshop. Through reducing the visible to its simplest forms, we will attempt to develop accuracy through layering shape into proportional constructions of the head. Issues of anatomical structure, figure-ground integration, value organization, and creation of light will be discussed. Historical portraits, contemporary portraiture, and working from a model will be included. Some painting experience required; oil paint is the medium.