Portraiture: Facing Features Head On – Stephanie Goldman

Beginner – Advanced

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Jan. 22–Mar. 12 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$320/340 (includes model)

Portraiture: Facing Features Head On

Course Overview:

This course will focus on the head, neck, and shoulders or full figure. Special attention will be given to each of the five main features of the head—eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and neck. After each pose is set, Stephanie will do a quick demonstration of a different feature for the first five weeks. You are free to watch or just get straight to work and listen. Beginners are encouraged to work in pencil, charcoal, or a limited palette. Those with more experience may work in other media, such as watercolor, acrylics, or oils. We will work from a three-hour sustained pose with a new model each week. Beginners and advanced students are welcome as instruction and demonstrations are also given on an individual basis.


Course Materials:

You do not need to buy everything on this list. Only buy materials that relate to the medium you plan to work with or bring your own basic supplies.

Drawing: 2B, 4B, 6B graphite pencils; kneaded eraser; 18˝ x 24˝ drawing pad; 18˝ x 24˝ acid-free smooth newsprint. 

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

Pastels: softest 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 two 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; a #12 pointed and a 1˝ flat brush; Arches or other good quality paper (no Strathmore student-grade watercolor paper).

Oils: up to 18˝ x 24˝ canvas board; #2, 4, 8, and 12 Robert Simmons filbert brushes; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits with container; 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.

  • Attention: Artists & Craftsman Supply (Hillcrest) will be able to assist with any materials needed for the class. Bring only what you plan on using.

Register For Class Through the Athenaeum

  • individual instruction
  • your choice of materials
  • email handouts
  • class demonstrations

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Jan. 22–Mar. 12 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$320/340 (includes model)

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