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October 10 - December 12, 2023

Online: F23: Tuesday AM Portrait Block-in with Angela Cunningham

Organized by Grand Central Atelier
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Portrait drawing can be intimidating for both the draftsperson in the early stages of their artistic practice and for the advanced student with plenty of experience. In this eight-week online course students will focus on building foundational skills that translate to drawing a portrait from life. This course consists of copying Bargue portrait block-ins as a means of learning comparative measurement, establishing correct gesture, and constructing a drawing using straight lines. A portion of this class will explore the structural elements and basic proportion of the skull and anatomical landmarks. Examples will be provided for students to copy which reinforce the information discussed in class. This class will also discuss the features—the eye, nose, mouth and ear, and how to get a likeness of the model. Each week, sessions will begin with individualized feedback on student work, followed by a combination of lecture and demonstration by the instructor. The final session of this class will demonstrate how the techniques discussed throughout the class translate to drawing a portrait from life. This will include a discussion of lighting and how to set up the model in your own studio. Students will come away from this course with the ability to organize a clear, straightforward approach to drawing the portrait, combining direct observation with well-understood principles of proportion and structure.
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