CLASS TITLE: Portrait & Figure Painting with Live Model
Instructor: Rob Silverman
4 Session Class with one pose:
February 3, 10, 17, 2021
February 25, 2021
4 Session Class with one pose:
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 2021
Time: Zoom online class 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $100 for all 4 sessions (includes model fee)
Classes are non-refundable
March Class Description
Special pose updating Sargent's famous "Lady Agnew" portrait (see image above) with an equally beautiful model
This class will concentrate on painting the portrait in both Head & Shoulders and Figure views in a realistic manner using modern, simplified techniques. Taking advantage of the Zoom environment, genre settings are often used as backgrounds, showing the model in their home environment with various props of interest. Students will paint or draw the portrait from a single pose lasting 4 sessions. The following concepts will be explored and supported by handouts as well as demonstrations:
• The effect of light on the form and how to choose an optimal lighting set-up to reveal the key ‘landmark’ features.
• Creating dramatic effects by massing in the large forms and planes prior to detail exploration
• Compositional guidelines that take the mystery out of positioning the sitter on the canvas.
• Guides for establishing fleshtones that convey the illusion of depth, and produce pleasing color harmony.
• Unique techniques to help convey likeness, expression and personality.
• Use of generic proportions will help the student render realistic proportions of both the head and the entire figure.
The class includes demos, handouts and personalized critique, tailored to the experience level of the student. Oil, pastel, charcoal, graphite and watercolor are welcomed.
To Register and Pay or for questions:
Contact Rob directly at or 347-200-8908
For experienced painters, bring the colors you are comfortable with. Please use Turpanoid as a substitute for turpentine. Beginners may want to try water soluble oils (Lukas Berlin from Jerrys Artarama is an inexpensive option). Light to medium toned (similar to the color of sand paper or a midtone grey) stretched canvas or panel, 11x14, 12x16, or 14x18 preferred. A hand-held mirror is recommended, as well as a View Catcher or equivalent.
A selection of brushes each from 2 (2 brushes), 4 (3 brushes), 6 (1), 8 (1) sizes—Princeton Aspen are a good choice. Please have mostly filberts and a few small rounds.
Palette; or 12x16 Richeson gray palette pad
COLORS (limited palette† is ok)
Chromium Oxide Green†
CHARCOAL OR PASTEL (as option to oil)
Canson Mi-Teinte 3 or 4 total sheets (for padding) of middle grey color such as light blue, light grey or wave green or 12x16 Canson pad of various colors of greys (use smoother side of paper)
--sharpener, and/or single-edge razor blades; emory board (works better than sandpaper blocks)
--paper stumps, and paper towels--kneaded erasers--chamois (chammy) cloth
Pastel: Bring our own set of pastels or buy nupastel prismacolor or faber-castelle hard pastel set of 36 (I will also have pastels you can experiment with on hand).
Charcoal: White charcoal pencil and hb, 2b, 4b, 6 (Generals brand charcoal pencils preferred).