Watercolor Portraits

Explore the process of creating a portrait with expressive and versatile water-based mediums. In this online class, you will be working from photographs, live models, and masters’ works, and you will have plenty of time for practicing and experimenting with your own painting technique. Learn the anatomy of the skull, the proportions of a portrait as it relates to the face, torso, and hands, and how they relate to capturing lifelike portraits of the models. The instructor will provide plenty of demonstrations, individual feedback, and lead group discussions around each student’s work in progress.

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.

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, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

Required supplies:

  • Watercolor set, drawing pencil set, watercolor pencil set or Caran d’ Ache crayons, watercolor tape, Watercolor paper pad, drawing pad or newsprint and erasers

  • A plastic palette, for mixing water and plastic cups or containers for water

  • Watercolor tape

  • Rulers

  • Optional: watercolor mediums such as ox gall, gum Arabic, etc.

  • Midway through the term students will need: 18 by 24-inch watercolor paper or sheet