Class Description:

Explore the portrait from the base of construction—the skull—to the surface complexities of form in features and likeness.

Rohini Sen will guide students through basic structural anatomy and light logic, deconstructing the portrait using theory, with lectures and demonstrations. Learn how to approach the photo reference and create a portrait with convincing structure and volume in graphite and charcoal. Diverse drawing techniques will be shared to increase the variety of mark making in your tool kit. A portrait will be provided in class for those that would like to work along with the instructor, and students are encouraged to work on a photo of their choosing for online feedback and guidance.

Spring Session II 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 - Beginnings

  3. Week 2 - Proportion and Perspective

  4. Week 3 - The Eyes, and Upper Third

  5. Week 4 - Nose, Ears and the Middle Third

  6. Week 5 - The Mouth, and the Lower Third

  • $270.00
  • Online
  • 6 Weeks
  • Beginner to Intermediate

Meet Your Instructor

Rohini Sen


Rohini Sen began her art education in New Zealand, already holding a background in zoology. She continued her academic training at several ateliers and academies including Studio Escalier, Grand Central Academy, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, and earned a Master of Fine Arts at the New York Academy of Art. Rohini works in several mediums, predominantly in oil paint, graphite, charcoal, and printmaking. She currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art (NYAA) and has taught at the Los Angeles Academy of Art (LAAFA), the City University of New York (CUNY), and Disney Animation Studios. Rohini was awarded the 2020 Kylemore Abbey Global Centre Residency at the University of Notre Dame in Ireland and has collectors in the wider United States, Europe, and the South Pacific.

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