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Drawing the Expressive Portrait CLASS CANCELLED

  • October 18, 2019
  • November 15, 2019
  • 5 sessions
  • October 18, 2019, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (CDT)
  • October 25, 2019, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (CDT)
  • November 01, 2019, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (CDT)
  • November 08, 2019, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (CST)
  • November 15, 2019, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (CST)
  • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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  • Member Registration
  • One monitor per class will receive discount in exchange for helping teacher with specific tasks. Registration code is given to those who have completed the training class.
  • Non-member registration fee is an additional $10.00 per day


Five Friday mornings

October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15

9:30am - 12:30pm  


Level: All

Creating a meaningful portrait requires more than just capturing a likeness. Successful portraits can also convey the personality, mood, and emotions of a subject. Open to all levels, this course will investigate rendering in charcoal, pencil, and other dry media. In this hands-on workshop, participants will study the skeletal structure of the head, muscles, and facial features in order to master proportion, tone, and scale. Artists will also explore line, value, gesture, and perspective. Demonstrations will cover how to attain dramatic variations in lighting, composition, and orientation to create powerful portraits that reflect the unique character of a subject.

Contact Ellen at eorseck@gmail.com713-828-7718


Blending Stumps (also called Tortillons) Various Sizes 

Chamois Cloth for Blending 

Charcoal Pencils, Black, Soft and Extra Soft -- Marie Brand or Generals. 

Charcoals Pencils, White -- Generals 

Conte Pencil White, Any Brand 

Container for Supplies -- Pencil box or what ever works for you. 

Emery Board and/or sandpaper pad (for sharpening) 

Erasers -- Kneaded, Gum Eraser, White Stroke 

Gray Scale & Value Finder (Amazon, Dick Blick, Walmart, or Jerry’s Artarama) 

Paper -- Strathmore 9 x 12 inch sketchbook – 50 sheets and 18 x 24 inch (BOTH TONED GRAY) 

Pencil Sharpener and an X-acto Knife or retractable Utility Knife 

Pencils, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B -- Staedtler or Raffine Brand 

Sandpaper Pad 

Paper towels

Art Supply Sources: 



Daniel Smith 

Dick Blick 

Jerry’s Artarama (10% discount) 

Texas Art Supply

Local Sources:

Art Supply on Main (now on Almeda -- 10% discount)

Texas Art Supply  (10% student discount) 

Jerry Art Arama 


Hobby Lobby

Places to Find Other Materials - Dollar Store, Target

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