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Portraiture Workshop

Portraiture Workshop

Cost: $450.00

Creating a lifelike, expressive portrait is a major challenge even for the most experienced artist, from emotion to gesture to getting a likeness. Using live models, photographs, sculpture, mirrors, and memory in each intensive workshop, students will study proportion and anatomy of the head and face, observe how it is attached to the rest of the body, identify distinctive individual characteristics and tackle the problems of seeing accurately and depicting each feature of the face. We will explore how photographs can be used to accelerate the learning process. Exposure to a wide range of materials and techniques will guide students in the value of quick, gesture sketches as well as fully rendered sculptural, value drawings of the face. We will also examine works by the great masters of portraiture and figure drawing such as Alice Neel, Leonardo da Vinci, George Grosz, Max Beckmann, Marlene Dumas and more. The instructor will meet students at whatever level ability they are to guide their development. Class critiques will also be used to provide valuable feedback and encouragement to promote progress. This class may be repeated as desired. Please bring a $40 model fee, payable to the instructor, to the first class.

Meets Weekly: Mondays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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Course Code: 135651

Instructor(s): Judith Simonian

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.