art workshop for adults
Join us for a portraiture workshop that is guaranteed to improve your portraiture skills. During the first half of the workshop, students will complete numerous head studies and improve their knowledge of proper head construction. The second half of the workshop will allow students to focus on a project of their choice in whatever medium they choose. This can involve a single portrait over the course of multiple classes or a series of portraits. Please note: unfortunately, due to Covid we will be forced to draw from casts and photographs rather than live models. Students will need to provide photographic reference of their subjects. We will discuss how to create and/or select an appropriate reference photograph during class.
San Francisco: Mondays 6:30-9:00pm
April 11 - May 9, 2022 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
Mountain View: Mondays 6:15-8:45pm
May 2 - May 30, 2022 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30
High-quality art materials provided.
Mountain View: 2105 Old Middlefield Way #D, Mountain View CA 94043 map
San Francisco: 1603 Irving Street, San Francisco CA 94122 map
We are not offering refunds for new purchases. However, full credit towards future bookings or transfer to another camp/class will be offered for any cancellations made up to 24 hrs before the camp or class start.
If camp or class is cancelled due to gathering restrictions or shelter in place order placed by state or county authorities, similar online camp/class will be held instead. Students can cancel their registration if online learning does not work for them, with the full credit towards future in person camp/class.
Day: Introduction + Basic Form of Head
Introduction to drawing materials, and anatomy of the head. Step-by-step construction of the head from basic shapes. Understanding measurements from various viewpoints. Introduction to the features of the face. Differences in gender.
Materials: Charcoal or graphite, paper, drawing boards.
Week 2: Head Tilt/Rotation & Breaking down facial features
Head anatomy, thinking about the head & neck in 3D, and breaking individual facial features down into separate pieces. Detailed drawings of the head and facial features from multiple angles. Understanding how features connect to each other. Beginning to observe expressions.
Week 3: Putting it all together, Head “Types” & Characterization
Putting it all together. Studying muscles of the face as they pertain to movement + expression. Understanding how to observe rhythm, spacing, and expression. Combining construction, lighting, and expression to create characterization (aka drawing our first portraits of famous faces). Begin a longer study of your choice for the final project.
Materials: Charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, paper, drawing boards, canvas/panel + paint. Make sure to ask students about their prior experience with materials, in order to prep for next week’s lesson.
Week 4: Final Project Part I
Continuing discussion of character, expression, and facial feature variety. Note how face types can be derived of subtle differences from what might be considered the human “average”.
Studying lighting on the head & facial features. Mixing for different skin tones and hair colors. Working to establish a likeness.
Materials: Students may select their own materials. If students are not familiar with painting, it may be a good idea to draw on toned paper or with colored pencil, rather than attempt a new medium.
Week 5: Final Project Part II
Maintaining a likeness. Learning to add exaggeration where necessary. Mixing skin tones and color temperature, putting finishing touches on final projects.