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ART 16 — An Introduction to Painting Portraits

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 11—Nov 15
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $420
Instructor(s): Natani Notah
Limit: 24
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Oct 11—Nov 15
6 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 13
1 Unit
Natani Notah
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
How does painting a portrait impact how you see yourself and those around you? In this introductory course, we will explore portraiture through mixed-media painting with ink and watercolor. Frequent demonstrations by the instructor will provide foundational skills for beginners who are new to making art and interested in the creative process, and will serve as "refreshers" for more experienced students. The first exercise will be painting miniature abstract portraits, followed by painting increasingly larger-scale portraits of the self, a friend, and a family member. For inspiration, we will look at various examples of historical and contemporary portrait artists including Marlene Dumas, Gerhard Richter, Kerry James Marshall, and Aly McKnight. Periodically, students will receive constructive feedback by way of facilitated group discussions and optional one-on-one meetings.

This course is open to students of all levels, and no previous painting experience is required. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $50–$65 on these materials.

Interdisciplinary Artist

Natani Notah's work focuses on intersectional identity politics, environmental justice, and social change. She has received awards from Art Matters, the International Sculpture Center, and the San Francisco Foundation. Notah has held artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. She received an MFA from Stanford. Her work can be viewed at nataninotah.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.