Limited Palette Portrait

Students will be encouraged to work directly from a life model at pace with a restricted colour palette and limited painting tools to produce lively and expressive head studies all in just over an hour…can it be done?

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • understand the use of restricted palette;
  • exploit the use of coloured grounds;
  • explore a range of mark-making techniques;
  • complete a one-hour head study.

Limited Palette Portrait

Room G.09, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
1.5 hours
Day(s) and Times(s)
Mon 7 Aug, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Subject Area
Paul A Mowat
Room G.09, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Time of Day

This is a one off short workshop which will include:

10 minute demonstration of techniques followed by close one-to-one tuition

Core Readings

Recommended but not required:

Freud, Lucian, 1982. Lucian Freud. London: Thames and Hudson

Dumas, Marlene, 2014. Marlene Dumas: the Image as Burden. London: Tate Publishing

Doig, Peter, 2014. Peter Doig. London: Tate Publishing  

Tuchman, M. et al, eds. 2001. Soutine. London: Taschen.

Rebel, E. and Wolf, N., eds. 2008. Self-Portraits. London: Taschen.

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

  • Artists’ sketchbook, pencils and charcoal, set of acrylic paints and brushes, paper or card to paint on, rags, sponge, block printing ink

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.