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Course Detail

Drawing The Face & Head - Beginner to Intermediate
Autumn Sessions: September 6 - 27
4 Weeks, 1 2-Hour Session Per Week
Fee: $219

In this course, students will learn how to draw an accurate likeness of the human face. Class lectures and demonstrations will illustrate the basic geometric structures of the skull and facial features, and emphasize the importance of correct proportion and consistent angle of view in a well-constructed portrait. This material will encompass the structural generalities of the human face – the features we all share – and ways in which they can be adjusted to capture the likeness of any particular individual. We will not cover color or color theory, but rather focus on value in black and white. Tools utilized will primarily include compressed charcoal, vine charcoal, conté, erasers, blending stumps and newsprint.


This course emphasizes the importance of sound construction in drawing, while focusing attention on capturing the observed effects of light on the face and head. Detailed instruction on the nature of light and shade are presented along with in-class demonstrations.

goes more in-depth into the structure of the face, drawing and visualization techniques....


Emphasis will be placed on the major structural masses of the face and head and how form is created and changed in the facial expression.


Classes will cover:

Creating emphasis (focal point) through contrast and convergence

Shading techniques



Hard/soft edges

Refining/blending values

Complex and implied shapes


Underlying structures (bone, cartilage and muscle)



Although there is no prerequisite for this course, prior experiences in studio art courses that address conceptual, technical, and critical thinking skills can support student success.

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