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ART 132 — Drawing the Realistic Portrait

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 6—Jun 1
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 19
Units: 2
Tuition: $560
Addtl. Fee: $40 (non-refundable)
Limit: 17
Instructor(s): John Robert Peck
On-campus course
6:30—9:00 pm
Apr 6—Jun 1
9 weeks
Drop By
Apr 19
2 Units
Addtl. Fee: $40 (non-refundable)
John Robert Peck
For any artist, the portrait is one of the most compelling subjects imaginable. Since early childhood, we yearn to draw people realistically—to capture the “likeness” of our subject. This course is about looking, seeing, and drawing portraits well. Regardless of your drawing experience, you can learn to draw portraits accurately using charcoal on paper in a proven method. The result will be a solid drawing in itself, or an exceptionally useful study for further work in paint.

Using a small mirror, we will distinguish between our imagination and what our eyes actually see. This approach will lead to an entirely objective way of seeing and drawing—in a method called sight-size. From the Renaissance to modern studios, this method of comparing lines to the actual subject allows anyone to draw a more realistic image. It opens up the whole world of drawing well. Each class will begin with a brief lecture and demonstration. Students will then work directly with a live model to build up their practical understanding of the sight-size method and progressively create a solid portrait drawing.

This course includes a non-refundable model fee of $40 to be paid at the time of registration.

Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $45–$65 on these materials. The instructor will supply a materials list before the course begins.

John Robert Peck, Instructor, Triton Museum of Art

John Robert Peck’s paintings and drawings can be seen in private collections and galleries in London, Florence, Dublin, and Santa Fe. He graduated from the Florence Academy of Art and received an MArch from the University of New Mexico, where he was an instructor in the School of Architecture and Planning. He is the co-author of Drawing in Space: A Manual for Figurative Sculpture.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Trevor Fairbrother and John Singer Sargent, Sargent Portrait Drawings: 42 Works by John Singer Sargent (ISBN 0-486-24524-1)