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Drawing and Painting the Portrait and Figure: Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm

Drawing and Painting the Portrait and Figure
Instructor: Kathy Hirsh

Learning to draw the face and figure gives you drawing skills that carry over into all areas of art.

  • A sequential drawing method that really works 

  • Learn to measure and see shape relationships with accurate proportions

  • Create a drawing with sensitivity and feeling

  • Learn to see value relationships and create form

  • Basic anatomy (I used to be a medical illustrator)

We will work from a live model every class.

If you choose to paint, a limited palette will be used to explore color, as students gain knowledge and confidence in color-mixing and brushwork. This class is open to all levels of experience. Beginners are welcome and will receive plenty of individualized instruction at the easel.  This is an iPad friendly class.


Oil Painting Supplies
Rembrandt, Utrecht or Gamblin or Winsor Newton-artist quality, not student grade 
(You can buy either regular oils or water soluble. If you buy water soluble don’t buy Gamsol)
titanium white -  big tube 200 ml 
yellow ochre    burnt sienna   ultramarine blue 
Richeson Gray Matters Paper Palette, 50 Sheets  12"x 16”
Robert Simmons Titanium  TT41  Long Handle Bright 8 (and bring in brushes you already own)
Blick canvas panels   9x12 or 11x14 or 16x20
Palette knife, RGM Plus Italian 44 or something similar
paper towels and plastic bag for trash
wet wipes
Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits and 2 small glass jars

Drawing Supplies

2B and 4B graphite pencils
Vine charcoal

Charcoal pencils 3B, 4B

Kneaded eraser

Masking tape

Cheap newsprint: Canson Biggie Recycled Newsprint  

or cheap white paper

Good paper: Carson Mi-teintes charcoal paper- muted colors, at least 12 x 16”

Digital Media

iPad and apple pencil

There’s a new cheaper 9.7 iPad from Apple that works with the Apple pencil. The apple pencil works with all the iPad Pros and the new 6th generation 9.7” iPad.  

Here’s a link to the new iPad:

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Thursday, January 09, 2020 to Thursday, February 6, 2020
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL  60302

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