- Course NumberFDC-3116-A
- Dates Sep 16 - Nov 25
- Hours06:30PM - 09:30PM
- Additional Fees0.00
- Location 133/141 West 21st Street
The focus of this course will be to teach the foundation that guides drawing a portrait from a live model. A step-by-step approach will make this an easy-to-understand but challenging experience. Through observation, we will analyze the structure of the face by employing different methods, from quick sketches to the more elaborate and finished portrait drawing. Proportion and scale will be emphasized with traditional concepts, such as line, shadow and volume. Our goal will be to show that the structures we draw express the character and personality of our subject, built up in layers, section-by-section and consolidated into a finished drawing. We will also explore the great masters of this discipline, from Dürer and Holbein, Rembrandt and Vermeer to modern and contemporary artists such as Lucian Freud and Alice Neel.
NOTE: Please bring drawing and newsprint pads (18x24"), soft charcoal of differing thickness, pencils (6 to 6B), a kneaded eraser and a soft vinyl eraser to the first session.
Alphonse Van Woerkom
Fine artist, illustrator, cartoonist
BFA, Academy of Fine Arts, Breda; MFA, Jan van Eyck Academie
Toronto Star, The New York Times, Random House, London Times, NRC Handelsblad
Sragow Gallery, PS 122
The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
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