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in Fall 2020 @ Water Street

Portrait Drawing Workshop


with Tina Figarelli

Calendar Oct 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Many artists stress about drawing the human face. Perhaps you do too? Relieve some of that stress as you experiment and become confident drawing portraits in this new four-session workshop designed for intermediate students.

Working from photographs with graphite and charcoal, use the “sight-size method” to create a realistic, classical portrait. Learn how to plan out a successful portrait drawing and troubleshoot common errors.

Demos, handouts, and critiques guide your learning as you complete a self-portrait (or a portrait of a loved one) on toned paper to take home. You’re encouraged to enhance your work by adding meaningful elements to your portrait, such as an object that is important to you (or your subject). Course#DRW103.120.01

What you will need for the workshop:

  1. Nitram Charcoal sticks, HB & H (5-pack)
  2. 1 HB pencil
  3. 1 General’s White Charcoal pencil
  4. 1 Kneaded eraser
  5. 1 Sandpaper block for sharpening charcoal
  6. 1 small lidded container for the charcoal powder
  7. 2 sheets of Canson Mi-Tienes drawing paper, 8.5” x 11" (available in stores as a single sheets) in the color STEEL GREY. If you cannot find this size in store, the bigger sheet can be cut to size.
  8. A sketchbook of your choice.

Supplies are available through many online and retail outlets including Dick Blick, Amazon, or Michael’s, and should cost approx. $30.

Note: Designed for students age 15 and above with some drawing experience. Students should expect to dedicate time between sessions for practice exercises.

Getting Started with Colored Pencil - Online Course


with Phillip Schorn

Calendar Nov 2, 2020 at 7 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Explore the beauty of drawing with colored pencils in this online course for beginners. Learn everything you need to get started - types of paper, pencils, how to put the color down, layering, and blending. Each session will include a review and demonstration of new techniques. Course#DRW102.120.02

This live Zoom course meets for one hour on Monday evenings, 7-8 p.m. for four (4) weeks, November 2, 9, 16, and 30 (no class Nov. 23). A recording of each session will be available for you to view if you are unable to attend a live session. Reference images will be supplied.

It is expected that the student will be able to dedicate time between the sessions.  

What you will need:

  • 48 count Prismacolor softcore pencils
  • One (1) 9”x12”  300 series Strathmore Smooth Bristol Pad
  • One Blick colorless blending pen
  • Pencil sharpener (electric or manual)

Helpful extras….. Smooth surface to draw on, drawing board 1” or 2” clean, soft paintbrush (for use as a drafting brush)

Supplies can be ordered online through Dick Blick or other online outlets. For convenience, see cost and order here:

Links to access instructional videos and instructions to schedule Zoom sessions are sent through email prior to the course start date. Questions? email us at


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