Class Description:

Enjoy gaining a solid foundation in understanding the structure and solidity of the human head.

Join CFA and MFA Faculty member Manu Saluja who will guide you through proportion, color theory, and mixing flesh tones as you create a portrait in your home studio. Portrait reference is provided to you in digital format. Clear instruction is given through weekly demonstrations, lectures, bonus YouTube videos and individual critiques via Zoom. Homework is given during the week. Students can opt to draw.

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 - The Devil's In the Details - Beginning the Portrait with Structural Drawing and Shadow Shapes

  3. Week 2: Context is Key: The Importance of a Color Study, Relative Values/Colors, Mixing the Palette

  4. Week 3: "Build the House Before You Hang The Curtains" - The Lay-In Stage

  5. Week 4: "Build the House Before You Hang The Curtains", The Lay-In Part 2

  6. Week 5: Building Up the Details

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

Meet Your Instructor

Manu Saluja


Born in Brooklyn, and a longtime resident of Queens/Long Island, Manu Saluja studied with John Frederick Murray at the School of Visual Arts receiving her BFA in 1997. A graduate of the New York Academy of Art, she is Adjunct Faculty in the CFA and MFA programs. Saluja’s paintings have appeared in numerous group shows, publications and hang in collections nationally and internationally. In her 2010 show Kings of Punjab, she exhibited large-scale portraits at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Her solo shows in 2016 and 2021 were featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Fast Company Design, and Huffington Post. Winner of the 2019 BP Travel Award, her paintings were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Aberdeen Museum in Scotland in 2020. As an Allied Artists of America’s award recipient, her work will be shown this year at the Butler Institute of American Art.

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