22SPR Portrait Drawing: Constructing the Head TUES 6:00PM (02/08-05/24)

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Instructor: Chris Page / 13 Weeks / Feb 08 - May 24 (No class Feb 22, March 01, April 19) / Tuesday / 6:00PM-9:00PM
Class size: 6-12

Class Description: Working from a live model, the student will learn the basics of constructing the human head, from the block in, to planes, features, and anatomy. The student will learn to create a life-like, realistic portrait, and to gain a solid foundation in understanding the structure of the human head. We will be working primarily in graphite and charcoal, but any drawing media is acceptable. A full supply list will be distributed before the class begins.

Prerequisites: Beginning Drawing or equivalent


  • Pencils of various hardnesses
    • for graphite, HB, 2B, F, B, H
    • for charcoal, HB or 2B; nothing softer than 2B, or harder than 2H.
      Charcoal sticks are acceptable, however, charcoal pencils will be needed for finer detail work.
    • Brands:
      • Graphite: TomBow, Faber-Castell, Staedtler, Mitsubishi, Blackwing.
      • Charcoal: General’s, Conte.
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Eraser Pencils, standard and fine detail
  • Compact mirror (any hand-held small mirror will do)
  • Plumb line. (These can be made easily by attaching a length of string, 36” or so, to any weighted object, such as a lead fishing sinker or machine nut.
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Utility knife
  • Razor blade
  • Paper: any good-quality brand, such as Strathmore, or Canson. Minimum size: 14”x17”, preferable is 16”x24”, 80lb weight. So-called “Drawing” or “Sketch” paper is ideal. Please stay away from bargain brands, off brands or sizes smaller than 14”x17” and do not buy watercolor (hot or cold press) paper or Bristol. White or Cream colored is best, but if using charcoal, gray or tan toned paper will work. Although cost effective, newsprint is not advisable.
  • Sketchbook - Any smaller 4"x6", 5"x7" portable book will work.

Registration for Adult Classes will start January 17, 2022

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Page, Chris
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Registration Date:
January 17, 2022

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