This studio course introduces the methodologies of drawing the portrait to post-beginner/intermediate artists looking to strengthen their drawing skills. In copying European masters (some lesser and some better known) from the 16th-18th Century, we will investigate basic drawing principles to capture a sitter’s likeness and facial features. The canon of ideal proportions, surface planes, perspective, focal point, value pattern and the use of light and shadow are developed using the classical portrait as subject. At the end of the course, students will have attained a better understanding of portraiture’s historical importance and its contemporary use today.
A virtual room link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date. A short tutorial will be given prior to the live class starting.
Unable to attend a sessions? No worries, ALL students will have access to watch the recorded session for 10-days. Recording available 1 day after live session.
CarbOthello Pastel Pencils; Caput Muurtum RED (or Sanguine) 645 and Titanium White 100
Legion Stonehenge Paper, ONE sheet – 22” x 30”, Pearl Gray, 90 lb
14×17” Drawing Pad (or closest size, please nothing smaller than 11×14″)
Tombow Monozero eraser, round
Medium Vine Charcoal
HB graphite pencil
2B graphite pencil
2H graphite pencil
Renée has lived between the United States and Paris, France studying fine art and art history. She graduated from the American University of Paris with a BA in Art History, and has her MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She now resides in NYC and teaches courses at the Art Students League and Chelsea Classical School of Art.
Renée explores ubiquitous themes through the eyes of a millennial such as identity, feminism, death, equality and addiction, making her work not a quotidian narrative but rather a relevant and relatable story. As a professional female artist and curator, Renée feels the need to express the American (and seemingly global) zeitgeist and the expanding diaspora of the world. Grounded in realism and figurative narratives, her works are highly conceptual; thoughtful imagery and symbolism with subtle messages often described as “surreal” and “fantasy”. In June 2016 she was awarded a grant by The Ringholz Foundation to fund her latest painting project and invited to the Bakehouse Art Complex Residency Program during Miami Art Basel. She was also a 2018 Stobart Foundation Grant recipient.
Renée has exhibited throughout the United States and France, including Paris, London, New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, among others. She was invited to join the Copley Society of Boston and the Salmagundi Club of NYC. Most recently, Kent Twitchell, awarded her the “Patron Award” at the Brand Art Center’s 43rd annual juried exhibition in Los Angeles, CA. He commented that her work shows “devotion to the picture plane; she is not trying to jump on anyone’s bandwagon” and “sincerity”, making her work valuable and unique in the art world.
LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class/workshop, limit workshop size, change workshop times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule. If a workshop is cancelled; students may transfer to another workshop, use credit on artschoolvideos.com, keep credit on file or be issued a full refund.
All online classes and workshops are non-refundable, non-transferable and no makeups are available. A 7-day recording is provided the day after the online live class. No recording extensions are permitted.
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