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An Introduction To Portraiture Classes

An Introduction To Portraiture Classes

When looking for art courses in Toronto, there are many options to choose from. Be it drawing classes, oil painting classes, or something more specific, like portraiture, the options might seem confusing, especially portraiture. Therefore, in this blog, VR School of Art, a leading art course in Toronto, explores the basics of portraiture so you can see for yourself if this art form is the right fit for you or not.

What Is Portraiture?

In its most basic sense, portraiture can be defined as painting a picture or taking a photograph of an individual. However, what truly sets it apart from other types of painting is the focus on face and facial expressions. This makes portraiture far more complex than other types of drawing classes. 

What To Expect In A Portraiture Class?

Since it is an advanced drawing class requiring some level of pre-existing skill and mastery, here’s what you can expect before enrolling in a class:

Making The Portrait

Since the focus is on the face and facial expressions, getting it right is important. This begins with mastering the contours first. As it can be a challenging task, we recommend newcomers draw their initial portraits using a pencil to achieve more accuracy. Of course, there are other innumerable factors to consider such as facial symmetry, placement of the eyes, nose etc. which are addressed in detail in art courses.

Give It Your Own Spin

While some degree of accuracy is important, it is equally important to know that portraiture is not an exact science. Rather than achieving an exact replica of the model’s face, focus on capturing their emotion and their essence. Of course, this can vary based on the viewer, and this is where the uniqueness of each portraiture comes into the picture. Once you master the basics, try to add your own unique perspective to the portraiture.

To learn drawing skills, portraiture, oil painting and more reach out to us at VR School of Art today. One of the best art courses in Toronto, we specialize in training people of all ages. So if you are looking for drawing classes in Toronto, or surrounding areas such as North York, contact us at 647-894-7706 today.

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