Portrait Drawing

Gain a sense of confidence when attempting a portrait. In this online 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, and master works.

Registration for spring online classes will be available to current Fleisher members beginning Tuesday, April 28, at 8:00 a.m. Registration for non-members will begin Wednesday, April 29, at 8:00 a.m.

Suggested donation:
For the spring term, we ask you to support these in-depth courses by making a suggested donation of $50. To make your donation, click here. Your contribution during this time of uncertainty will provide us with the support we need to plan for the future so we can continue to offer experiences true to Fleisher’s values of creativity and community. In future terms, Fleisher’s online classes will be tuition-based at $175 to $195 for a six-week class, with tuition assistance available.

Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

This is an eight-session class. Class will not be held on January 18 and February 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day.

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. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

What you will learn:

  • The ability to get 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

  • White conte and white charcoal

  • Kneaded eraser