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Introduction to Portrait Painting with Jesse Smolover


Jesse Smolover
Wednesdays February 15, 22. March 1, 8, 15
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesdays February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15

*For those who have taken Jesse Smolover’s Beginner Drawing class this 5 week course will begin instruction in portraiture. Students will tackle on of the more challenging aspects of representational art; the human face. Drawing portraits can be intimidating but Jesse will break the process down so that you can approach it will confidence. The class will work directly from live models as an aid for the instructions. Students will learn different techniques from measuring proportions to carving out shadow shapes which help in finding the right approach for your art and the unique face of the model. The skills you learn in this course will help you not just look at faces, but truly see them.

The fee for the 5-week course is $125 which includes pencils and erasers and a model fee.

Students are required to bring an 18 x 24 inch pad of toned paper or an 18 x 24 inch pad with both white and toned paper and a General's Compressed Pastel, Crayon kit.

The General's Pastel Crayon kit will be available to purchase at Arts Escape or can be purchased on-line at

***Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

Jesse Smolover graduated from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 2004 with a BFA in Illustration. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and as an on-site illustrator for an archeological dig. For the past fifteen years he has taught traditional and digital art to students of all ages in subjects ranging from beginner drawing, to figure drawing, comic book art, to sculpture.

COVID POLICY - Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class.(One time only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

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