Scheduled Dates

4/25/2020   10:00 AM  05:00 PM
4/26/2020   10:00 AM  05:00 PM

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Portraiture Workshop

Dates: 4/25/2020 to 4/26/2020
Schedule: Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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Located in : TBD, TBD
Instructor: Judith Simonian

Regular Student: $300.00

Since prehistoric times, the human head has been the subject of works
of art. Capturing emotion, gesture and likeness is a significant
undertaking even for the most experienced artist. The class aims to give
students insights, skills and techniques to approach this very exciting
avenue in drawing.

In this hands-on workshop, students will be instructed in the basic
anatomy of the human face, head, neck and hands. Special focus will be
made towards the understanding of general proportions. With careful
observation students will grasp how foreshortening works at different
head positions.  Sighting techniques will be discussed as students work
with a variety of drawing materials including ink and charcoal. The
class will also learn how photographs can be used to accelerate the
learning process. 

Students will be introduced to significant works of portraiture by
artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, George Gross, Max
Beckmann, Alice Neil, Kerry James Marshall,  Marlene Dumas, Lisa
Yuskavage and more. 

 A series of short gesture sketches will progress into longer fully
developed drawings of the model. This along with a collaborative self
portrait project will help students develop the means to make lifelike
and expressive portraits. 

This workshop is is useful for beginners to advanced. The pace will
keep students engaged and on their toes, but the instructor will give
one-on-one feedback and will meet students wherever they are in the learning process.

Additional Information

Required Materials for the first class session:

  • pad of all-purpose sketch paper 16" x 20" or larger (not newsprint)
  • compressed charcoal (Many different kinds. Bring whatever you have or what you think you would like to use)
  • vine stick charcoal (thick)
  • White chalk pastel (one piece)
  • kneaded eraser
  • plastic or hard rubber eraser
  • sharpeners: single edge razor blade or mat knife, sandpaper
  • 1 roll masking or drafting tape
  • rigid board with 4 bull clips to provide extra support for your drawing pad. 1/2" foam core is very lightweight and highly recommended (optional)
  • $30 model fee payable to the instructor on Saturday (cash or check)

Age Range:  18  -  & UP


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