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Limited Palette Portrait

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

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?

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No experience required

Special Infomation

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

· Pencils and charcoal

· Set of acrylic paints and brushes

· Paper or card to paint on

· Sponge

Content of Course

This is a one off short workshop which will include:

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

Learning outcomes

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.


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.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.