Four Week Course
Thursday, June 15 – July 6, 2023
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Taught in English and Spanish
(20% off for members)
This is an ideal course for beginner-intermediate students who want to learn how to incorporate light, shadows, values, and tones in their portrait drawings and improve their shading portrait skills to accomplish a more realistic and tridimensional result in the drawing. No previous drawing training is required. This two-day workshop is perfect for new students and a continuation for those who took previous portrait courses.
Students will learn how to represent a portrait realistically in different portrait positions following different shading techniques, learning in detail how to make and combine all the face’s features adding their shading and building the whole portrait. Students are going to draw first the outline structure of the face and shading later, completing all details in the portrait, using several images as visual references in the learning process.
Students will have constant evaluation while they are drawing, and according to how they are doing the exercises proposed, the instructor will make them aware of what they have to correct to improve their drawings.
● Warming up sketching some shading portraits samples in the several positions
● Learn step by step how to shade the portrait in one position more analytically
● Starting with the Outline drawing of the portrait
● Drawing the structure of the face following
● Location, proportions, symmetry
● Drawing the features of the face
● Shading, realistic details
● Learning to see and represent lights and shadows
● Layering according to different values and tones
● Tridimensional representation through shading
● Compare the visual reference with the portrait drawing to approach the look
● Final touches. Gesture and expression
● First-class: Basics Shading Portraits
● Second class: Shading Frontal Portrait
● Third class: Shading Profile Portrait
● Fourth class: Shading 3/4 Portrait
About the Instructor
Pablo Contrisciani earned his Masters in Fine Arts, Painting at Facultad de Bellas Artes, National University of La Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. His work forms part of public and corporate collections from USA, Latin America and Europe. Pablo is an Oolite Arts alumnus (1998-2006 and 2010-2015) and works as a painting instructor since 1998.
- Pencils HB, 1B, 2B, 4B, 1H, 2H (one each)
- 1 eraser
- 1 sharpener
- 1 Charcoal pencil
- 1 viewfinder with vertical and horizontal divisions
- 1 medium sketch pad; 9 x 12 inches
- 1 small sketchbook; 5 x 7 inches
- Black artist pens or markers: Superfine point, fine point, medium point & brush