Portrait Drawing

Gain a sense of confidence when attempting a portrait. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of developing a strong likeness. Achieving a likeness involves head structure, placement of features and observation of light and shadow. You will learn to see with greater understanding and how to translate the human face you see into a drawing. We will be working from photographs, drawings, live models, and master works.

Please note: This is an 8-session course. Fleisher will be closed on January 16 and February 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • The ability to create a strong likeness every time

  • The observation and understanding of head structure

  • Learning to see the direction of light in terms of light and shadow patterns

  • Observing complexion as a relationship of skin color, hair color, and eye color

  • Seeing the three qualities of light: light, transition, and shadow

Required supplies:

  • Charcoal and pencils (2B, 4B, 8B, and HB)

  • Newsprint and charcoal pads, 16 x 20 inches or smaller

  • White conté and white charcoal

  • Kneaded eraser