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Portrait Drawing

Course #2000011
Judy Simonian

Model fee: $35

Please bring cash or check payable to the instructor to your FIRST CLASS SESSION. 

*This fee does not cover the cost of materials listed below. 

Materials for the FIRST class session:
pad of all-purpose drawing 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 or thin)
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)

Materials for subsequent classes:
black waterproof drawing ink
brushes: $3.00 bamboo calligraphy brush at least ½" in diameter is highly recommended or any others you have on hand.
chalk pastel, white and two complimentary colors, such as blue and orange or red and green, yellow and purple
charcoal paper—one sheet of black and one of a middle value such as gray or beige (or purchase a pad of neutral colored charcoal paper)
pencils (4B and any other pencils that you have)
optional: graphite sticks (various sizes and shapes)
ballpoint and felt-tip pens
sharpeners: small pencil sharpener, single edge razor blade or mat knife, sandpaper

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