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Continuing Education at PAFA

DR 609E2 Portrait & Figure Drawing

with Phyllis Laver


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Drawing from the portrait and life model is one of the most time-honored methods of art training at PAFA. Improve your observation-based drawing skills as you work in charcoal and graphite directly from models in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportions, anatomy and expression. All levels welcome. (Tuition includes $15 model fee.)

Learning Objectives

  • Students will stretch the traditional definitions of portrait and life drawing to merge the two into personal statements.
  • Students will work with clothed and unclothed/life models who are diverse individuals.
  • Students will acquire a working knowledge of varied drawing materials, including charcoal, graphite and ink.
  • Students will acquire a working knowledge of form and structure in the body.
  • Students will develop the ability to better see the model rather than rely on schema.
  • Students will acquire knowledge of diverse artists and their ways of working.

Materials List Laver DR 609E2


  • Jan 22 - Apr 15th, 2020
    Wed for 12 weeks from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Historic Landmark Building

(215) 972-7600

118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 Get directions

Room: Studio 6

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