Portrait Painting from Life


A Classical Realism Specialization course

This MasterClass in Portraiture focuses on the two most important traditions in classical painting–Disegno and Colore. Firstly Portrait anatomy and structure are studied from various points of view- the essence of facial expressions and emotion. Secondly the study of colour. light and painting technique will follow.

Upcoming commencement date: 23rd September 2019

Dates: 23rd, 24 , 26, 27, 28 & 30th September

Times: 6:15PM-9:45PM

Duration: 21 hours | Fee: 315 euros

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Course Content

This workshop explores the principles of Portrait painting from life. Portrait anatomy and structure together with a thorough understanding of colour and painting technique will follow.

During this specialized workshop Kelsey shares her approach to painting the portrait from life, in which she combines classical-academic layer by layer method together with an insightful understanding of portrait anatomy – a mainstay principle for conveying acurate facial expression and capturing the emotion of the model. The workshop is specifically designed to help students gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, while learning an efficient technique for realistic portraits.

Kelsey will walk students through the various stages of portrait painting; from line and gesture, choosing the correct pallette for natural flesh like tones to finishing and refining the main features of the face with glazing.

Throughout the workshop, she will also be discussing key aspects of portraiture, including composition and lighting, anatomy of the head and face, planes of the face, and understanding and idealization of the facial features.

Big Scale easels will be provided.

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Kelsey May Connor - Tutor Profile | AK Malta

Kelsey May Connor | B.A. (Hons) Fine Arts

Kelsey, is a professional fine artist from Senglea. She has been studying art form a very young age under many local and international artists.

After achieving her Honours in Fine Arts she continued to devote most of her time delving in the studies of Classical and Surrealism Art.

Despite her young age, Kelsey has been involved in many artistic projects both commercially and for private clients. She has been most recently renowned for her publicized quick narration sketches on Kelma Kuljum on TVM and for the design of the Enemalta anniversary monument in Marsa.

What our students have to say

Its a very interesting seminar, and the way it was explained the Golden Ratio it looks very simple and very important.

After attending the Golden Ratio course with Stefan PriehybaCharles Zammit

Amazing seminar and workshop on the Golden Ratio with Stefan Priehyba. Well done to the team for your professionalism. It was highly enlightening and i thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to more.

Sonia BorgAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Thank you AKartistry for the professional organisation. The topic was inspiring and truly interesting, we had a pleasant time.

Gabriella MalliaAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Very Well Done. Top is the best word i can find. Something special.

Aaron LuAfter attending the Golden Proportions

For those art lovers out there, Art Classes provides the right environment where you can indulge in learning about real art. If you’re hooked on classical and fine art, this is the place to be.

Paul FarrugiaAfter attending the Classical Realism Introductory course and the Life Portrait Painting specialization course

It was an amazing workshop! looking forward to the next 🙂

Sephora BaldacchinoAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Thank you 😊 Great opportunity. Loved every moment. 💚Ready for more😊😊 hope to work with you all very soon. Xxx

Stephanie CalascioneAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Thanks a lot, I'm very grateful for attending your workshps Štefan Priehyba Camilleri, was a great experience and very interesting. You really have a good way of explaining and delivering such knowledge. And also a big thanks to Kelsey and Andrei of Art Classes Malta too for making it happen. 🙂

Raisa BusuttilAfter attending the Golden Proportions course

Art Classes Malta is a very good and professional school in Malta. I loved the courses of Painting and Classical Realism. The tutors were amazing and the level and depth of these courses is unparalleled locally. I have enrolled for another course in Interior Design.. looking forward for this new experience as well!

Eman BusuttilAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Classical Realism course

I am truly enjoying coming to the course , I adore your work ! 😍Thank you for the experience you share with us!. Many thanks 😘

Gina Laura SalibaAfter attending the Watercolour beginner's course

My daughter really loves attending her lessons with ms Kelsey. I also attended 2 adult courses one with Kelsey and with Stefan.Great tutors I am very happy and thankful for offering us with such great courses!

Carmen AgiusAfter attending the Beginner Art programme

Great tutors, would recommend to anyone that wants to develop their drawing and painting skills or just spend some time doing what they enjoy.

Alison RogersAfter attending the Classical Realism and Big Scale Anatomy courses

Loved every second going to these lessons. Its hard to find such intelligent and skilled teachers here in Malta! Please keep organizing more courses for us adults.

Raymond BorgAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Big Scale Anatomy course


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