Key Elements of Portrait Painting

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Key Elements of Portrait Painting

05 August, 2019 to 09 August, 2019

USD 599

Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art
340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadeldelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it’s not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker’s compositional and aesthetic choices.

In this workshop, the instructor discusses what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff Demonstrates daily, he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis in an effort to help each student complete the workshop a better portrait painter.

Jeff and students will each do a single portrait over the duration of the workshop. Each morning Jeff will demonstrate. Students will paint in the afternoons. The goal is for students to witness and learn the entire process the instructor uses to complete a portrait.

Jeff Hein has been featured in numerous publications including “American Art Collector,” “Fine Art Connoisseur,” “Arts and Antiques” and “Jetset Magazine.” His work has also been shown in prestigious locations such as the Utah Museum of Fine Art, The SMOA and the Salmagundi Club in NY. It has been included in many prestigious collections including that of the SMOA, John Huntsman Sr.,; Mitt and Ann Romney; Senator Gordon Smith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jeff has won numerous awards including 2nd place in the National Portrait society’s portrait competition, 2nd place in the figurative category of the Art Renewal Center’s salon and first place in Springville Museum of Art's annual Spring Salon. Jeff has served as a faculty artist for the Portrait Society of America Portrait Conference from 2013-17. In 2007 Hein founded the Hein Academy of Art in Salt Lake City where he trains 12 apprentices in the naturalist tradition of Painting. Hein is known for his portraits, multi-figure narrative and scriptural paintings. His work also includes complex large scale still-life works and sculpture.