Contemporary Portraiture Methods

Portrait painting is one of the most difficult things to paint. Creating a simplified process allows students to begin a painting with confidence. Having this understanding gives students the freedom to take portraiture into a contemporary format and make it their own. This class will examine portrait painters from different genres and see the evolution of this genre over time. By investigating an assortment of styles that are prevalent in portraiture such as impressionistic, naturalistic, and realism, the class will unpack what makes a successful portrait. Through in-class demonstrations and exploration of various mediums such as acrylics, color pencils, and markers, students will have the opportunity to expand their own unique artistic expression of what contemporary portraiture means to them. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies.

Prerequisites: Previous painting experience is helpful, but not required.

What to bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; acrylics; markers; colored pencils. A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity.

Please Register Before: February 8
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.
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Register on or before January 18 and save $25 off your order total.
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Course Details

CSFA 3107 SP19
Date Start: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Date End: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Morrison Building, Room M215
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above
Days of Week: 
Drawing and Painting
New Classes
Previous painting experience is helpful, but not required.