Monet: Low tide at Pourville, 1882

Monet: Low tide at Pourville, 1882
Monet: Low tide at Pourville, 1882

About this session

Master water and perspective with this luminous seascape by Monet!

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Atmospheric Perspective
  • Colour mixing
  • Hard and soft edges
  • Impressionist style
  • Round Brush
  • Water
  • Waves

Monet: Low tide at Pourville, 1882
A subtle tonal design, but the scene is perfectly readable without colour, showing Monet's mastery of tonal discrimination.

Monet: Low tide at Pourville, 1882
The warm afternoon sunset colours are captured perfectly on the cliff.

Monet: Low tide at Pourville, 1882
A study in reflections.

Monet: Low tide at Pourville, 1882
Monet uses a strong complementary pallete in this painting, with mid to low chroma colours.

Monet: Low tide at Pourville, 1882
One of my interpretations.

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Paint your Self Portrait

About this session

Get to know your real self as you paint your idealised self in a ravishing self portrait!

Whether you decide to go for objective reality or a romanticised vision, the path to that expression is built on the ability to see abstracted, objective reality.

Paint your self portrait in this session at Inglis Academy

This is a two session project held over two consecutive weekends.

Session 1

  1. 12 - 2 pm: Sketch your face several times.
  2. Get the basic proportions and placement of your facial features correct.
  3. See the shapes within your eyes, nose and lips.
  4. 2 - 4 p.m: Do a sketch painting with line and tone

Session 2

  1. Add all the glorious skin colours to your painting
  2. Develop the textures of your hair and clothing

Monet: Water Lilies 1907, No.1
Basic proportions and placement of the facial features.

Monet: Water Lilies 1907, No.1
First you will sketch your face a few times, getting the basic proportions and placement of the facial features correct.

Monet: Water Lilies 1907, No.1
Then you will learn to see the actual shaped in your eyes, nose and mouth.

Monet: Water Lilies 1907, No.1
Then we will paint all of this, basically in grey, and develop the tones to create form.

Monet: Water Lilies 1907, No.1
In the second session we will add colour and texture to the skin, eyes, hair and jewellery.

Entry Requirements

What will we learn in this session?

  • 1" Brush Technique
  • Abstraction
  • Colour mixing
  • Flat Brush
  • Hard and soft edges
  • Portrait Painting
  • Round Brush
  • Skin colour
  • Skin tones
  • Texture
  • Tonal Design
  • Tonal Sketching

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Video

For some inspiration check out this BBC Celebrity Painting Challenge: Self Portrait at YouTube (the self portrait section starts at 31:28). Can we do better...?