Portraiture Workshop

Portraiture Workshop a portrait drawing class in New York

Portraiture Workshop

Registration Status: This course is no longer being offered

Session Dates: July 08, 2017 - July 09, 2017

Cost: $280.00

Creating a lifelike, expressive portrait is a major challenge even for the most experienced artist, from emotion to gesture to getting a likeness. Using live models, photographs, sculpture, mirrors and memory in each intensive workshop, students will study proportion and anatomy of the head and face, observe how it is attached to the rest of the body, identify distinctive individual characteristics and tackle the problems of seeing accurately and depicting each feature of the face. We will learn how photographs can be used to accelerate the learning process. Through exposure to a wide range of material and techniques students will learn the value of quick, gesture sketches as well as fully rendered sculptural, value drawings of the face. The pace and methods used will keep you on your toes and engaged throughout the class. We will examine works by the great masters of portraiture and figure drawing such as Alice Neil, Leonardo da Vinci, George Gross, Max Beckmann, Rembrandt and more. The instructor will meet each student individually, at their level, and teach the next possible step. Class critiques will provide valuable feedback and encouragement to insure progress for beginners to advanced students.

This class may be repeated as needed. Please bring a $30 model fee, payable to the instructor, to the first class. A supply list will be available at the first class.

Meets Weekly: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, The final day to register is May 22nd., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Course Code: 135651

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