Contemporary Portraiture Methods

Portraits are one of the most difficult things to paint. Creating a simplified process for portraiture painting allows students to begin a painting with confidence and gives them 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, colored pencils, and markers, students will have the opportunity to expand their own unique artistic expression of what contemporary portraiture means to them. / Materials fee of $29 in addition to course tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies.

Prerequisite: Previous painting experience helpful, but not required.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; brushes; canvases; acrylic and oil paints. 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: September 20
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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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSFA 3107 FA19
Date Start: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Date End: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
6:30–9:30 p.m
Morrison Building, Room M205
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above
Days of Week: 
Drawing and Painting
Previous painting experience helpful, but not required.