Structure and Anatomy of the Portrait in Graphite

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Structure and Anatomy of the Portrait in Graphite

21 September, 2017 to 30 November, 2017

$399.00 USD


Studio Incamminati
340 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This class is designed to present students with structural and anatomical information for each of the features and also for the head as a larger mass.

In developing an understanding of both features and head, and learning about how to integrate them, the students enhance the wholeness and the cohesiveness of their portraits, while simultaneously gathering the structural knowledge needed to enhance their form awareness. The class begins by examining the larger structures and masses of the head and then the face, and then it will systematically go through each of the features, before ending with a three day portrait drawing.


Each class begins with 40-60 minutes of demonstration/lecture presenting the information to be explored that day. The remainder of the class is to be utilized by students to work on their studies and drawings as the instructor visits them for individual feedback.
Each session, students will be will be using graphite pencils on 18x24 drawing pads. Everybody is at least somewhat familiar with using pencil on paper and anatomy can be an intimidating subject. This way people who are not familiar with charcoal or paint don’t have to learn a new material at the same time as they take on the primary course content.

The class schedule (10 classes at three hours each):
Class 1: The structure and anatomy of the head mass/cranium.

Class 2: The structure of the face.

Class 3: The anatomy of the face.

Class 4: The structure and anatomy of the eye.

Class 5: The structure and anatomy of the nose.

Class 6: The structure and anatomy of the mouth.

Class 7: The structure and anatomy of the ear.

Class 8: Day 1 of 3 - portrait drawing beginning with gesture and block in, then considering proportion, bony landmarks, and major masses/planes, before refining and breaking down features and turning form, all while exploiting and exercising the student's new structural and anatomical awareness.

Class 9: Day 2 of 3 - portrait drawing beginning with gesture and block in, then considering proportion, bony landmarks, and major masses/planes, before refining and breaking down features and turning form, all while exploiting and exercising the student's new structural and anatomical awareness.

Class 10: Day 3 of 3 - portrait drawing beginning with gesture and block in, then considering proportion, bony landmarks, and major masses/planes, before refining and breaking down features and turning form, all while exploiting and exercising the student's new structural and anatomical awareness.