Pencil drawing of the portrait of a man three quarter view. Gerry Hoag

Portraits: Drawing the Human Head


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This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

Individual attention in a supportive environment is the focus of this seven week on-line/remote portrait drawing course designed for students of all levels and experience. The foundations of sound portraiture will be examined while drawing a variety of subjects in different views, including self-portraits and sitters where available.We will study the formal underpinnings of the human head, including the foundations of the skull, basic anatomical structures and proportions, as well as facial features and expression.  Additionally, we will consider the role of light and structure in revealing the topography and architecture of the head and how we make these legible by various drawing techniques and shading methods. Regular Zoom teleconferencing meetings, including instruction, group and individual critiques, digital slide lectures and demonstrations will be held. This non-graded course does not require homework.  Computer and Internet access required.

This online class uses the ZOOM platform.

Gerry Hoag is an artist, craftsman and designer with extensive teaching experience. He has taught at Boston University, Harvard University, New York Academy of Art – Graduate School of Figurative Art, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Boston, The New Hampshire Institute of Art and a number of other … Read more