My portraits all begin with a story. The story is built, layer by layer, with each new technique and feeling. First, I will show you how to conquer the fear of the blank page as we play with various media, focusing on colors, textures, and the present moment. Then, we’ll work on drawing simple and satisfying faces—something that I have developed for both the beginner and intermediate artist alike! (Don’t worry if you’ve never drawn a face or if you hate drawing faces: By the end of this course, you will come away with a newfound confidence and love of portraits!) The last layers will be drawing the face and shading with a variety of techniques to create character and dimension (oil paint sticks, acrylic paint, watercolor, and more). This is where we will play with transparency as we allow some previous layers to “peek” through the face. We will focus on ways to make our portraits come alive. You will come away with several different portraits showing the exact steps of the process (from simple, to the more complex) so that you can easily recreate these again and again.
Materials fee includes shared use of class supplies: oil pastels, oil paint sticks, stabilo pencils, spray inks, acrylic paint, watercolors, color pencils, stencils, collage paper pack, and more!
Class size 12
Level Beginner and above
Student Supply List
-9″x12″ 12-pack (or larger size) of 140lb HOT PRESS watercolor paper (the smooth kind, not the rough texture). I like Fabriano Studio brand you can find on Amazon or Dick Blick.
-Shiva Oil Paint Stick (Titanium White). Note: This is NOT an oil pastel but an oil paint in stick form. You can find it on Dick Blick or at your local art store.
- Tuition $150
- Materials Fee $20
Registration Policies & Waiting Lists
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.
Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details, and note our current COVID-19 protocols on our Planning Your Workshop Experience page.
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:
> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.
> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.
> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.
> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.
Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley
> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.
> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.
> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.
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