Class Description:

This class unites drawing and color value structure with a conceptual focus on portraiture through paint application and the use of digitally altered images.

It will be driven by two processes for creating the human form, the use of an under-drawing with graphite and a wipe-out underpainting. In class we will complete two paintings using these two different techniques. Each week will focus on a new topic relevant to creating artistic portraits with integrity. These subjects will include hard and soft light, color tiling, shapes and edges, facial features, backgrounds, and hair. Students are welcome to work in any medium they are comfortable with; however, oil paint is preferred.

Spring Session I | Dates:

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

Week 1:
10 AM - 1 PM ET
Week 2:
10 AM - 1 PM ET
Week 3:
10 AM - 1 PM ET
Week 4:
10 AM - 1 PM ET
Week 5:
10 AM - 1 PM ET
Week 6:
10 AM - 1 PM ET

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

  2. Week 1 - Portrait 1 Female

  3. Week 2 - Portrait 1 Female

  4. Week 3 - Portrait 1 Female

  5. Week 4 - Portrait 2 Male

  6. Week 5 - Portrait 2 Male

  • $280.00
  • Online
  • 6 Weeks
  • Beginner to Intermediate

Meet Your Instructor

Steve Forster


Steve Forster is the Director of the Long Island Academy of Fine Art and also teaches painting at the New York Academy of Art. He blends digital painting and a love of traditional media to create unique contemporary portrait stories. Steve’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally.

Achieve your artistic potential

Join us to discover traditional skills and contemporary practice