Painting down the Millennia
This course introduces methods from historic portraiture. Participants will journey through ancient Greco-Roman, Baroque and Impressionism to present day portraiture. Each theme comes with technical lessons including understanding form and tone, color theory, palette selection and mixing, heightening with whites and glazing. There will be an assignments in recreating a portrait from each era. The course will also be peppered with art history nuggets which set the scene for the period. For the final assignment participants will paint their own portrait in any way they choose. By the end of the 2 week intensive, participants will have experienced painting the human face in key historic painting styles, painting in oils and water based media. Some prior knowledge of painting and or drawing is a bonus.
“The head is the crown of the body and is a key signifier of identity in all its nuance. The course will enable participants to sculpt the skull, face, hair and neck through the medium of paint to their own ends!”
Instructor Bio: Nicky Pasterfield
Nicky has a background in both traditional fine art and hand painted floral design. Her degree is from Falmouth University and she studied at Postgraduate level at The Aegean Center for Fine Arts, Greece. In 2012 she won the Royal Academy of Art's national draftsmanship award taking her to study the masters at the Museo del Prado, Madrid. She worked as a printmaker for Anthropologie in Philadelphia and her other hand painted textiles designs have in recent years sold to GAP, Marks and Spencer, American Apparel and JCrew. In December 2018 she was featured in The World of Interiors and The Times for her work assisting Alasdair Peebles on a Chinese wallpaper in Pitzhanger Manor. Her studio is in London where she focuses on fine decorative art and portrait painting.
Pricing & Dates
Dates: JUNE 1 - 15 (15 Days)
Workshop instruction: (5 hours a day, except Sundays)
Occasional evening lectures
Full breakfast every day at a local cafe
Unlimited access to the Center's entire facility
Several shared taverna meals
Transport for scheduled activities
Boat trip day excursion (meal on neighboring island included)*
Transportation to and from Greece and the Island is not included