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Summer portfolio workshop: Live Model Portrait




1 week, Monday-Friday, 4-8pm

in-studio:  $550 

High-quality art materials and the model fee are included into the in-studio price. 

Most of the college art portfolio requirements include live model drawings and paintings, which are difficult to arrange during regular portfolio prep classes (sessions have to be longer). 

Therefore, we offer this summer 4-hour long weekly workshop (5 sessions, 20 hours total) that helps fill this gap.  Teachers closely monitor and guide students during these live model sessions. The portraits from the previous live model workshops were all used in our graduate students' college portfolios. 

Day 1

Overview of a head anatomy, tips on achieving likeness. Quick charcoal sketches of a face in various angles.

Day 2. 

Charcoal or pencil portrait of a model. Hands can be included in composition.

Day 3

Starting painting of a portrait. Overview of a process, compositional sketches. Making a drawing on a canvas. 

Day 4

Starting painting the portrait. 

Day 5

Finishing the portrait.

Day & Time
Class Teacher
Mountain View
June 10-14, 2024. Mon-Fri, 4-8 PM
San Francisco
July 15-19, 2024. Mon-Fri, 4-8 PM
San Jose
July 8-12, 2024. Mon-Fri, 4-8 PM
San Rafael
July 15-19, 2024. Mon-Fri, 4-8 PM

Materials we provide for in-studio classes,

and recommend for the online lessons:

- set of acrylic paint (at least these colors - black, white. red. blue. yellow, green. brown, orange, purple). Recommended brand - Basics by Liquitex 
- watercolor paint, preferably in dry pans form. Recommended brand - Artist’s Loft by Michaels
Set of soft pastels. Recommended brand - Artist’s Loft by Michaels 

Drawing Medium:
- regular HB pencil
- eraser
- optional: set of graphite pencils of different softness (2H, H, B, 2B, 4B etc)
- colored pencils. Recommended brand - Prismacolor 
- optional: markers. Recommended brand - Copics 
- liners or sharpie pens. 

- brushes - flat and round (pointy). Use separate brushes for acrylic and watercolor paint.
- wooden clay sculpting tools
- paper plates for mixing paint
- water bucket or cup
- scissors 
- glue stick

- Air-dry clay - white. Recommended brand - Crayola 
- Oven baked clay - white. Recommended brand - Sculpey 
- Modeling clay - multiple colors. Recommended brand - Claytoon 

- painting boards or mixed media paper, 8’’x10'’ or bigger - good for acrylic paint, coloring pencils, markers and graphite pencils.
- canvases, 8’’x10’’ or bigger - for acrylic paint only
- watercolor paper, 8’’x10’’ or bigger - for watercolor paint
- sketchbook or loose sketch paper (printing paper is ok) - any size
- construction paper (multiple colors), 11’’x14’’ or bigger

The portrait and figure drawing classes hosted at Art School of SF Bay were hugely beneficial to me both in technical training and in portfolio building. The instructors provided many helpful and individualized comments throughout each session, and having a live model to learn from helped me develop a much more thorough understanding of anatomy, light, and shadow. I found the Old Master’s portrait workshop (taught by Maria Z) especially helpful in learning about different coloring techniques. At the end of these workshops, I had lots of material to use in my portfolio when applying to art schools.

Maria Teplova


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