ART 132 — Drawing the Realistic Portrait
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Oct 7—Dec 2
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 9
Instructor(s): John Robert Peck
Class Recording Available: Yes
For any artist, the portrait is one of the most compelling subjects imaginable. 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—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.
Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $45–$65 on these materials.
JOHN ROBERT PECK
John Robert Peck’s paintings and drawings are 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. His work can be viewed at johnpeck.com.
Instructor, Triton Museum of Art
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) John Singer Sargent, Sargent Portrait Drawings: 42 Works by John Singer Sargent (ISBN 9780486245249)