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ART 132 — Drawing the Realistic Portrait

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 11—May 30
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 4
Units: 2
Tuition: $600
Addtl. Model Fee: $40 (non-refundable)
Limit: 17
Instructor(s): John Robert Peck
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Closed
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Spring
On-campus
Thursdays
6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Apr 11—May 30
8 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 4
2 Units
Fees
$600
Addtl. Model Fee: $40 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s):
John Robert Peck
Limit
17
Recording
No
Closed
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 has allowed 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
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. His work can be viewed at johnpeck.com.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) John Singer Sargent & Trevor Fairbrother, Sarget Portrait Drawings, 42 works by John Singer Sargent (ISBN 978-0486245249)