Friday, February 13, 2009

Beginning Portrait Drawing

Beginning Portrait Drawing
The portrait is a uniquely intimate art form with a rich history and tradition. What does it take to create a portrait? In this introductory class, the student breaks away from drawing ‘symbols’ of the features, learns fundamental knowledge and develops skills based on the methods handed down by generations of masters. Discussions and demonstrations include: the building blocks of portraiture – shape, proportion/relationships, angles, size, and placement; fundamentals of light and shadow; the elements of recognizable likeness, and more.
The student learns the ability to see, develops dexterity and eye-hand coordination, and builds proficiency with the drawing tools, resulting in the rewarding ability to achieve a recognizable likeness.
Examples of classic and contemporary portraiture are given, as well as recommended books and resources to expand the student’s knowledge and inspire them to take their drawing skills further.
Supply List: 18 x 24" newsprint pad, at least two sticks of vine charcoal (medium), B or 2B drawing pencil, kneaded eraser, paper towels.

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