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August 14 - 18, 2023

Summer 2023: Sketching the Portrait - Five Techniques with Patrick Byrnes

GCA • 1519 Decatur Street Suite 201 RidgewoodNY  11385 Organized by Grand Central Atelier
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Workshop description: In this five-day workshop, artists will learn to create portrait sketches that evince the beauty and humanity of the model with freshness, sensitivity, and lively detail. Using a lucid step-by-step approach, participants will draw and/or paint five portrait sketches of five different live models. Patrick will guide artists with daily demonstrations and in-depth personal critiques through each stage of the process – from creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, to color mixing, modeling form and finishing details. Cranial anatomy, materials, paint handling, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout each session. While this workshop is mainly geared towards painters with some previous experience in oils, artists who prefer to create portrait drawings exclusively in graphite or charcoal are also encouraged to participate. Each day of the workshop has a different theme and will be divided into two basic components. Mornings begin with a short lecture and detailed demonstration, introducing and illustrating core concepts for each theme: graphite on white paper, graphite/charcoal and white chalk on toned paper, grisaille, limited palette, and open palette. Following the demonstration and for the rest of the day, participants will focus on their own drawings and paintings with the help of intermittent.


August 14 - 18, 2023

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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1519 Decatur Street Suite 201 RidgewoodNY  11385

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