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Atmospheric Portraits

in watercolor and charcoal

session 1

June 6, 2022 – June 17, 2022

 

In this workshop, Kate will show her process of how to create unique portrait drawings from start to finish.
 
During the first week, we will be working from life.  Kate will show how she sets up and lights the model for drama and story-telling.  We will then start our drawings in the highlights – an unconventional, but incredibly useful method – using powdered white medium first on toned paper, working in layers to build value evenly.  This creates an atmospheric and sculptural approach from the beginning.
 
Building on these techniques, in the second week, we will move on how to tone our own paper as well as how to incorporate watercolor into our portraits – guaranteeing each piece we create is completely unique.  We will also cover the importance of photographic reference in making completed artworks –  lighting, photographing the model, as well as editing our reference.  Taking the time to make a strong reference will allow for more creative freedom. 
 
Throughout the course, we will experiment with various mixed media to refine and give our portraits a stamp of our own authenticity. Kate will offer hands-on guidance each step of the way.  We will be improving our technical skills while, at the same time, allowing ourselves to be able to follow our hearts on what we are visually and artistically attracted to.
 
All the while we are creating, we will be submersed in the rich history and incredible culture of Rome – visiting museums, churches, and much-revered landmarks to discuss techniques, ideas, and inspiration.
Kate Zambrano

Kate Zambrano

Instructor

FAQ

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WHAT IS THE REQUIRED SKILL LEVEL FOR THIS WORKSHOP?

All levels are welcome. Some basic life drawing experience is helpful.

HOW MANY HOURS DO WE SPEND EACH DAY IN THE STUDIO?

We will be in the studio approximately 5-6 hours. In addition to the time in the studio we will be going to look at some of the amazing art around Rome together.