Foundations of Portrait Painting – The Art Students League

Foundations of Portrait Painting

Edmond Rochat

Workshop Description

10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $310
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students

In this class participants will investigate the foundational elements of portrait painting. During the course of two days students will construct one portrait. Each lesson will be comprised of a different set of concepts and techniques which build progressively on each other. Beginning with strategies for placing the proportions of the model onto a two-‐dimensional surface the class will then progress to the articulation of form by means of light, perspective, and structure. In addition the instructor will present the basics of color theory and how gain accuracy with color mixing. Additionally topics pertaining to anatomy and design will also be presented and tailored to the needs of each student. Lessons will take the form of demonstrations and individual critiques according to each participant’s needs.

About the Instructor

Edmond Rochat, studied painting, drawing, and sculpture at duCret School of Art, The Art Students League of New York, and Janus Collaborative School of Art. He supplemented his studies as a lab assistant for advanced artistic anatomy offered by Janus Collaborative School of Art and hosted by Drexel University School of Medicine. Rochat received the Mary Elizabeth Scholarship from the New Jersey Society of Arts and Letters, The Dr. Furman Fink Award for portraiture, and a grant from the Stobart Foundation. He was also awarded a grant from the John F. and Anne Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund, which he used to study Greek and Renaissance sculpture at the Slater Memorial museum. His works have appeared in Persimmon Hill Journal and published in The Visual Language of Drawing: Lessons on the Art of Seeing. He teaches at The Art Students League of New York, The Florence Academy of Art, and The New York School of the Arts. He maintains a studio in the Bronx and has participated in numerous exhibitions in New York including a solo show in lower Manhattan.
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