Foundations of Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Bradford Ross
September 6 – October 11, 2018
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $170 Members, $204 Non-members
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This class tackles the complexity of drawing a portrait by reducing the human head to planes and simple shapes.   Rather than leaping right into drawing from a live model, the class will make use of simplified head models.  The focus will be on the foundational concepts and skills that make it possible to draw the head in any position, to keep the features in proportion and proper alignment, and to get a likeness.  The knowledge and skills learned in this class will lead to a much more rewarding experience drawing from life.  Foundations of Portrait Drawing is open to anyone who has taken a basic drawing class and should be taken prior to taking the Portrait Drawing from Life class which follows it in March.


September 6 - October 11, 2018


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Class Schedule:

Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1p.m.

Class Information:

Materials List

Drawing board with clips, 23"x26"
News print pad, 18"x24", rough texture (smooth is fine if you already have it)
Willow charcoal, medium size
Charcoal pencils:
General's HB, 2B and 6B
or Wolf Carbon, 2B and 6B plus a General's Soft Carbon Sketch pencil
Paper blending stumps
Kneaded eraser
Snap-off utility knife to remove pencil wood
Some good quality paper towels
9"x12" Spiral Bound Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad
Graphite pencil 2B or Mechanical Lead Holder and 2B leads (I use a Staedtler Mars Technico 2mm Lead Holder or a Milan Touch 5.2mm Lead Holder. 2B leads either way ).
Sanding block or a 150 grit Large Sanding Sponge (from a hardware store, home center)
Old cotton T-Shirt cut into squares, 6"x6" or so.
Leather chamois
Plastic pint container with lid (Lowes painting department) or similar non-glass container
with a lid

Optional but Useful:
Pencil extender(s) (like General's "The Miser" or Koh-I-Noor's "Pencil Lengthener"
Faber-Castell Perfection Pencil eraser (or similar)
Soft paint brush. I like to use an old watercolor wash brush.

Most materials on this list are available at Ben Franklin in Easton, Art Things in Annapolis or online. 443-362-0438