Online class | Drawing the Masters: four heads four techniques

Copy of Bernini's Costanza Bonarelli's portraitCopy of Bernini's David - Reduction technique in charcoalCast Drawing in reduction technique - CretacolorCopy of "The ungrateful son" by Jean-Baptiste GreuzePortrait of Megan, color pencil on toned paper
  • Dec 22nd
    6 - 9pm
  • Jan 5th
    6 - 9pm
  • Dec 29th
    6 - 9pm
  • Jan 12th
    6 - 9pm

In this online, 4-three hour classes historical portrait drawing course, the students will have occasion to study 4 fundamental techniques for portrait drawing, copying the works of 4 masters using a variety of techniques such as charcoal and chalk on toned paper, tratteggio with framing and structural lines, Trois Crayon Technique, reduction technique.

In the course of these 4 sessions, we will analyze works by the Old Masters such as Rembrandt, Greuze, Prud’hon, Leonardo Da Vinci, Carracci, Kate Kholwiz, Paul Cadmus to name a few.

Each lesson will be dedicated to copying the work of one of these superlative artists and learn their technical secrets and aesthetic language.

The students will be able to watch the recorded Zoom sessions for a month after the end of the course.

This feature is particularly useful in case of a missed class or to watch the class again and practice further the material discussed. Open to all skill levels.


Zoom: (I will set up a short Zoom session to discuss the materials needed and also practice connecting via Zoom).

Drawing paper: a pad of Strathmore Drawing, series 400, 12” by 18” or 11” by 14” or Strathmore Bristol vellum surface series 300, 11” by 14”; Strathmore charcoal paper toned, 12” by 18”. You can also use or experiment with any other brand and type of paper you like or have: Canson, Fabriano, etc. or buy paper by the sheet.

Compressed Charcoal in sticks and pencils. General's is a good and cheap brand. White chalk in pencils or sticks, General's again makes a very good and cheap chalk pencil. Vine charcoal in square sticks, preferably Nitram in soft and medium gradation (B and HB). Graphite pencils in HB-2B-4B gradations will suffice.

Blending stump, erasers (mars plastic, kneaded eraser, Chamois, General’s Factis mechanical eraser or Tombows Mono Zero mechanical eraser.

Red, black and white Conte crayon pastel or colored pencils. The red should be an earth red such as Venetian red or Indian red. And finally, sharpening tools and sand paper.