The foundation that guides drawing a portrait from a live model is the focus of this course. 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 is 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.