Drawing: The Portrait

Winter 2021
Class Size: 20
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

2020 Adams, Emily

This introductory to intermediate level course focuses on principles and techniques of drawing the portrait. In this class you will work from an emphasis on learning to draw what you see through close observation. Working from life, studying the master artists, and exploring fundamental concepts, students will investigate the significance of drawing in context to the greater art world. Students will be introduced to a variety of drawing materials and techniques as well as basic art terminology and skills, including understanding of proportion, sighting, perspective, value, and composition. 


Collaboratively, students will create a large-scale portrait to experience the significance of supporting each other in their practice. Independently, students will research historic and contemporary artists and artworks to influence their understanding of the work they are pursuing. Students will present a final portfolio at the end of the quarter in a group critique.


All work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. A computer and access to the internet are preferred but not required, a phone may be used to connect during class sessions, all assignments must be submitted for review at the end of the session attended. Regularly scheduled synchronous (together) virtual meetings will take place once a week for a three-hour session. Through step-by-step demonstrations and video tutorials, students will be expected to take notes and work asynchronously (independent) for an average of six hours during each week.

Students will be required to contribute to a class blog in Canvas. 


Students will be required to purchase a basic supply kit that will be theirs to keep. This will be available through the Greener Bookstore. The cost is estimated around $60.00.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Fine Art, Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Teaching


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 


Online learning:
  • Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
Special expenses:

Students will be required to purchase drawing material kits from the Greener Bookstore. The estimated cost is $60.

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 20

Scheduled for: Weekend

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Saturday, January 9, 2021 - 2:00 pm

Located in: Olympia

May be offered again in:

Winter 2022