Portraiture: Focus On The Features – Stephanie Goldman

Beginner – Advanced

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
April 9–May 28 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$260/280 (includes model)

Portraiture: Facing Features Head On

Course Overview:

In this class, using a new model every week, we will focus on learning how to construct a portrait or full figure, with special attention to the five main features of the head. Each week we will break down one of the main features and learn the nuances of the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and neck.

Beginners are encouraged to work in pencil or charcoal, while those with more experience may work in other mediums, such as watercolor, acrylics, or oils.

All levels are welcome, as instruction is 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; #429, 426, or 431 Canson brand pastel paper; 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); gouache: Sumi-e ink, White gouache; large covered Woods or Pike palette; a #12 pointed and a 1” flat brush; tissue or Kleenex; 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
April 9–May 28 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$260/280 (includes model)

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