Interpreting the essence of an individual is one of the most rewarding aspects of portrait painting. In this course, students learn the technical and interpretative tools to achieve artistic success in portraiture. Technical topics include posing the model, selecting the background, props and clothing, lighting the subject, composing the image, and the importance of gesture. Interpretative techniques will include creating a likeness, the expressive use of color, and the use of abstract elements within a representational image. Throughout the course a variety of oil painting techniques will be taught, reviewed and critiqued. Students develop a strong technical and creative foundation, and a clear understanding of where they fit within the history of portrait painting.