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ART 97 — Portrait Dawing: Three Portraits, Three Techniques

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Nov 27
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $600
Instructor(s): Yvette Deas
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 20
On-campus course
6:30—9:30 pm
Sep 25—Nov 27
9 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
2 Units
Yvette Deas
Please Note: No class on November 20
In this portrait drawing course, the focus is not just on accurate depiction, but on what makes a portrait truly capture the “essence” of a person. This essence always requires the artist’s hand and gesture, and emotive response, along with an analytic dissection of one’s subject. We will explore the drawn portrait through charcoal, with its looser, smoky, painterly application; through graphite and its photorealist uses; and through mixed media, incorporating ink, bamboo pen, and twigs with and without charcoal on surfaces from smooth paper to crumpled paper bags. This approach emphasizes anatomy over simplified formulas and “sighting” (measuring the thing against itself and using hand-eye coordination) over gridding or projection. We will also discuss common errors in portrait drawing and how to avoid them.

For beginners, this course is useful for building skills, trusting one’s hand, and discovering one’s preferred process. For advanced drawers, this is an opportunity to push overlooked techniques, and to refine or loosen favorite ones. Although portraiture can be frustrating, it can also be intimate, intuitive, and magical.

This course is open to students of all levels. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $100–$200 on these materials.

Yvette Deas, Lecturer, Art & Art History, Stanford

Yvette Deas has shown work regionally and nationally. Primarily a realist, figurative painter, she focuses on the idiosyncratic and personal. Deas received an MFA from Stanford, as well as the Centennial Teaching Award.

Textbooks for this course:

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