Students will work from direct observation from several different portrait models that will hold the same pose for two consecutive classes. Oil paint, pastel, charcoal are all mediums that are encouraged to be explored. Students are taught the anatomy and structure of building a portrait using lights and darks.
Students are taught individually and are guided through anatomy, proportion, composition and tonal qualities. Oil paint color mixing techniques are explored with reference to different skin tones as well as background colors and how they relate.
Working from direct observation using a mirror, students will have the opportunity to create a self portrait while understanding anatomy, proportions and flesh tones. Students will begin this exercise with drawing in charcoal and pastels working toward a finished oil painting that expresses the student’s unique personality.