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Portrait and Costume


Tutor: Amy Alderson
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next date: Saturday workshop, 21 April 2018

Costume - The dramatic portrait is about putting the head in context. Using costume adds a theatrical element; interesting garments add character as well as informing the colours, style and composition. It is about pushing one's work beyond art techniques towards something more exciting. We will work from a model in the morning and focus on studio practice and longer studies in the afternoon.

All levels welcome.

Materials List


Pencil - 2B or softer


Paints- red blue yellow and white- suggested acrylics - but any other water based paints would be fine.

Paintbrushes - a selection but if you are just buying one then - medium sized soft hair Filbert.



Other materials - optional -

A selection of soft or oil pastels, palette or plate

Also optional - canvas - a cheap one from Tiger or similar.

Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on!

About the tutor

Amy Alderson is a freelance artist with her own company providing art for film, media, galleries, art spaces and by commission.  She studied art at Hampstead School of Art and St Martins College London and gained a BA Hons in Visual Arts and Dance at the University of Brighton.  She has a strong working knowledge of teaching gained from current role as a further education art teacher and from previous positions including tutoring at Sussex Downs College.  Her commissions include the British Museum, key artist on award winning film, Peter, Praslin Pictures; galleries include the ICA the Naked Eye Gallery and In-house Artist at the Brighton Artists Gallery.