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 explore how photographs can be used to accelerate the learning process. Exposure to a wide range of materials and techniques will guide students in the value of quick, gesture sketches as well as fully rendered sculptural, value drawings of the face. We will also examine works by the great masters of portraiture and figure drawing such as Alice Neel, Leonardo da Vinci, George Grosz, Max Beckmann, Marlene Dumas and more. The instructor will meet students at whatever level ability they are to guide their development. Class critiques will also be used to provide valuable feedback and encouragement to promote progress. This class may be repeated as desired. Please bring a $40 model fee, payable to the instructor, to the first class.
Meets Weekly: Mondays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Course Code: 135651
Instructor(s): Judith Simonian