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Course Description: This is a foundational course with emphasis on classical drawing technique. With the current health crisis, students will be working from high resolution portrait photos of professional models, muscular and skeletal anatomy charts and plaster casts to reference in every session, supplied by the instructor. The course will be taught Synchronously via Zoom, with direct feedback, critique and demonstrations daily. Starting with the structure and proportions of the human head and face, students will then review basic facial muscles and features. Next the course will cover different methods of “blocking in” to establish an accurate likeness and sense of character. The later part of the course will focus on value accuracy and edge control to bring an emotional, narrative content to your portrait work. There will a high level of one-on-one time and attention from the instructor given the online Zoom Format. Students must have a computer / tablet with the current version of Zoom.

* The above portrait was part of a live demo by Ian Factor. The model is Michael Gesme, Professor of Music and Chair of the Art and Communications Department at Central Oregon Community College.

Click HERE to see a 2 minute clip of a discussiuon from the demo! 



We also offer private lessons to anyone looking for education more tailored to specific needs and different learning styles.

Please click here to inquire or call us at 646-465-0035



Instructor: Ian Factor

Date: June 22nd - July 22nd

Monday / Wednesday

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Duration: 5 weeks @ twice a week

30-hour Online ZOOM course

Enrollment Limit: Unlimited

Price: $450.00

(Includes registration and ZOOM Fees)


Beginning Portrait Drawing

(Taught online using ZOOM )

Click the below links for the current Materials Lists and Syllabi in downloadable PDF format.

  Summer 2020 Curriculum

Click below to watch a short video of Ian Factor demonstrating painting a portrait from life.

Shot and Edited by Katie Sox - 2018