Draw or Paint The Figure or Portrait | Ken Goldman

Draw or Paint The Figure or Portrait

Course Overview:

Using a different clothed or nude model every week, you will learn how to construct a portrait or full figure using any medium of your choice. Beginners are encouraged to work in pencil or charcoal, while students with more experience may use any other mediums, such as watercolor, pastels, acrylics, or oils. Each week one of the five main features will be discussed: eyes, nose, mouth, ears and neck. (Videos and notes of each will be sent to your email.) If you choose to draw in pencil, all you will need are two mechanical pencils, a kneaded eraser, blending stump, and a small sanding block (a kit is available*). If you prefer to work in charcoal or with colored media, please see the materials list below and only buy what you need. All levels are welcome, as instruction is given on an individual basis.



MATERIALS: Pencil: Two mechanical pencils, a 2 mm mechanical holder with 4B leads and a 0.5 mechanical pencil with 2B leads; a kneaded eraser; blending stump; small sanding block; rag; 18″ x 24″ Strathmore series 300 drawing pad (or any brand you already have). Drawing support: foam core 3/16″ thick drawing support (cut to 19″ x 25″) with four bulldog clips to hold everything together.


*Attention: Artist & Craftsman Supplies (Hillcrest) will have two discounted kits, hand-selected by the instructor. Buy both, combined, or buy either one separately if you already have the materials provided in the other kit. Kit #1: drawing board, clips, drawing pad. Kit #2: recommended pencils, eraser, stump, sanding block.


Charcoal: 4B charcoal pencil; softest vine charcoal; rags or Viva paper towels, kneaded eraser.


Pastels: soft vine charcoal; NuPastel, box of 96 pieces; Canson brand pastel paper, #429, 426, or 431; foam core drawing board cut one inch larger than your paper, with four clips to hold it.


Beginning Watercolor: one tube each of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna watercolor for the first session, more colors if you have them (additional colors will be discussed at first meeting); large covered Woods or Pike palette or your favorite travelling palette; a #12 pointed and a 1″ flat brush; tissues or Kleenex; Arches or other good quality paper (no Strathmore student-grade watercolor paper).


Oils: up to 18″ x 24″ canvas board (prime with single light wash of Golden Acrylic Gray Value #6); Robert Simmons filbert brushes #2, 4, 8, 12; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits with container, Liquin; Viva paper towels; disposable paper, wood or glass palette (plastic palette saver to store them); Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Permalba White paint for the first session, or if experienced, also bring a warm and cool of each primary color or whatever colors you normally use.


Acrylics: Same as oils, except no mineral spirits, just a container for water


Register For Class Through the Athenaeum

Mondays, 6–9 PM

January 27–February 24

(5 Weeks, 15 total hours of instruction)

La Jolla Studio

$225/245 (includes model)


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