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Course Description

Heather McLeod shares her process for creating narrative portraits using the alla prima method and a limited palette of earth tones as she leads students through a journey of foundational skills that include compositional analysis, color theory and narrative development to create engaging self-directed work. Each class will begin with a short demonstration that is followed by one-on-one instruction to discuss composition, color and symbolism. The use of photography as a reference will be utilized and discussed as students work to create one or more portraits that are not only skillfully executed, but contain an interesting narrative for the viewer to contemplate. All levels welcome, a basic knowledge of drawing is helpful.

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All materials are included.

The Narrative Portrait

Heather V McLeod

Heather V McLeod is an artist exploring identity and the psychology by which we perceive others. Interested primarily in portraiture and representative work, Heather creates pieces with the intent of capturing the character of the figure portrayed. She plays with the use of symbolism and concealment to enhance the narrative and evoke a quiet yet humorous side to portraiture. Born and raised in the greater New York area, Heather received her MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2021 and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. In 2017 she was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Award in Perugia, Italy where she lived and worked for a year. She is a recent recipient of two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants and The Leslie T. and Francis Posey Scholarship. She has been featured in a number of exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and has been the recipient of a number of art related awards, including most recently AXA Art Prize Finalist.
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