Class Description:

Students will develop two portrait drawings in graphite, using a variety of tools, techniques, and concepts.

The course will include two six-week poses with a live model. We will discuss and explore different ways in which graphite may be applied and manipulated on paper (pencils, paint brushes, stumps, erasers, etc.) and how these varying strategies may be deployed in service of a full and lifelike drawing. We will focus on building a portrait whose foundations lie in meticulous study of angles, contour and shadow shapes. Value structure and hierarchy will be emphasized, with the goal of creating rich and nuanced volumetric forms through a careful observation of light and shadow. Instructor demonstration will inform student work throughout the course.

Spring Semester Dates:

Scheduled occurrences for the next semester of this class are as follows:

Week
Date
Time
Week 1:
2/01/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 2:
2/08/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 3:
2/15/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 4:
2/22/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 5:
3/01/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 6:
3/08/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 7:
3/15/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 8:
3/22/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 9:
3/29/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 10:
4/12/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 11:
4/19/2023
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 12:
4/26/2023
2 - 5 pm ET


  1. Before Class - Welcome & How to Prepare for Class

  • $595.00
  • In-Person
  • 12 Weeks
  • Beginner to Advanced

Meet Your Instructor

Jesse Stern

Instructor

Jesse Stern grew up in Cambridge, MA, later receiving a bachelor's degree from Vassar College. He completed the MFA program at The New York Academy of Art in 2012 and now lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is a part of many private collections around the country. He is currently represented by Arcadia Contemporary in New York.

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