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The Illustrative Portrait- with Dan Dos Santos and Howard Lyon

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The Illustrative Portrait- with Dan Dos Santos and Howard Lyon


Since the beginning of painting, portraiture has captured the attention and imagination of viewers from all backgrounds.  A portrait is not just a depiction of the subject, but of the artist as well.  It can capture a moment in time, or a whole era. It can elicit an idea, or an emotion. When done masterfully, a great portrait can leave an impression on the viewer that will last a lifetime.

Instructors Dan dos Santos and Howard Lyon will discuss and demonstrate how to create an compelling portrait using composition, color and shape to express ideas, emotion and story.  The workshop will be comprised of a series of lectures, demos and hands-on instruction. The goal of the workshop is to elevate a simple portrait into an evocative illustration that will captivate your audience.

Participants will create their own paintings over the course of the workshop.  With the help of the instructors, they will develop their concepts through thumbnails, then progress to sketches, photoshoot, color study, final drawing and then the finished painting.  

This 5 Day workshop is open to students of all levels, though a solid understanding of drawing is highly recommended.  Students will provide materials needed for drawing, note taking and painting.  A suggested supply list will be sent out upon registration.  Easels, studio space and model fees are included in the workshop price.

Hours - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1 hour break for lunch at 1:00.  Uninstructed studio time extended to 9:00 p.m.

Morning / Afternoon

Day 1: Intro and the Illustrative Process, Review Student Work / Composition & Value Lecture, Begin Concepts

Day 2: Review Concepts, Photo Techniques / Shoot Reference, Begin Drawing

Day 3: Continue Drawing / Color Lecture, Color Studies, Live model painting session from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Day 4: Paint / Paint

Day 5: Paint / Paint

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.” 

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

** Cancellation policy: If there  are more than 30 days until the start of class we will refund the full tuition amount if your plans change. If there are 30 days or less before the class starts and you aren't able to make the class. We will refund the full amount if we can fill the spot, and will refund 50% if we aren't able to. 


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