Self Portrait Drawing

Explore this classic genre and capture the personal gaze of self-portraiture through the medium of drawing. This online class encourages the artist to draw their own self- portrait using mirrors to observe their mark-making as they relate the image to a surface. We’ll explore observational techniques for self-portraiture, the structure and proportions of the head and face, marking making, shadow and light, and their descriptive qualities. Examples of classical and contemporary self-portraiture will be discussed. The first hour of the class will be spent on demonstrations by the instructor and the second hour students will have a chance to work independently and share their work in progress with the instructor and the class.

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. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • Observing and drawing the self-portrait through the mirror

  • The structure of head and face

  • Descriptive qualities of mark making

  • Effects of lighting and how awareness of tone and color relates to the self-portrait

Required supplies:

  • Your choice of any of the following drawing mediums: graphite pencils, charcoal, pastels, color pencils, pen and ink, crayon, markers

  • Surfaces do not have to be drawing paper, but please make sure your medium in drawing will be compatible with the surface you choose, e.g., drawing paper, canvas, etc. Sizes of surfaces can also range to 18x 24 inches to larger.