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Old 10-25-2019, 01:13 AM
FunkFuTwenty2 FunkFuTwenty2 is offline
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VAA v Watts v Others

Hey all. So I have been a digital portrait painter for just over a year. I decided to move into oils and upon discovering its pretty different to digital (despite all of my digital work being freehand from scratch) I joined VAA. I have just completed the first workshop (A). I enjoyed it and I think it was all beneficial, however it *seems* like its VERY oriented to Still Life and Landscape. And no offense to anyone who enjoy those but neither interests me.

I looked at Watts and am considering switching over. It looks from their online material that they focus more on portraiture and figures. Can anyone confirm this? Has anyone done the VAA course and had their portraiture benefit?


I am ready to move into Workshop B, but at the same time I am not sure about the commitment if theres a better option for my own goals. I definitely want to learn basics of oil painting but I definitely want those basics to be aligned with portraiture.

Any kind of input on this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:25 PM
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Re: VAA v Watts v Others

Hi, I too am a student at VAA. Iím just finishing section B. I agree that the emphasis might seem to be all about landscapes and still life. I think this might be because most people donít have access to a human model at home. But the fundamental lessons we are learning seem applicable to any and every subject. After all, what is a portrait or a figure but a human landscape? As far as I know, there are no restrictions on your subject matter, so go ahead and choose the subjects you prefer for your end-of-section artwork. Or maybe take a landscape and include a human figure or two!
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