Portrait Drawing and Painting in Pastel, Watercolor and Ink

Portrait Drawing and Painting in Pastel, Watercolor and Ink


Thursdays, 1:30-4:30pm
Lee Becker, Instructor
Starts: Sept 19
Ends Oct 31
7 weeks

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Portraiture is a favorite subject for artists. In Portrait Drawing and Painting in Pastel, Watercolor and Ink, students will undertake the challenge of capturing a likeness and there is the reward of creating something beautiful and unique. It is one of the oldest forms of art. The Romans immortalized their loved ones with painted and sculpted portraits that still look contemporary. Beginning in the Renaissance, the newly wealthy decked out in their best to pose for portraits that announced, “I have arrived.” People commissioned portrait miniatures to remember their sweethearts. By the twentieth century, portraiture expanded its focus to include the personalities of both the artist and sitter.

In this class, students will do a portrait from life in the medium of their choice. Individual attention will alternate with demonstrations that will be of interest to all: a simple way to draw a head and get a likeness, and how to use color, value, and composition to create a dynamic image. There will also be instruction in specific media, such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, pastel over wash, and a simple way to gauge values in watercolor

Materials List:

Accurasee Artist Proportional Divider (you can get one from Amazon here)

Any basic watercolor kit

A variety of inks. Winsor and Newton has a very good line of inks.

Pastels students should use what are comfortable with. Two suggestions are NuPastels in sets of 48 or more colors, and Rembrandt’s 30 color portrait set.

Any sanded pastel paper, some suggestions:

U Art Premium Sanded Pastel Paper
Art Spectrum Color Fix Coated Pastel Paper
Ampersand Pastelbord
Sennelier La Carte Pastel Card
Hard Book Paper Co. Premier Sanded Pastel Paper

Charcoal: both pencils and vine charcoal. Avoid compressed charcoal

Watercolor paper: any brand.

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