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Continuing Education at PAFA

Pre-College: Portrait Drawing and Painting, DR 714HS

with Al Gury


Learn to do excellent portraits, understand portrait structure and how to get a likeness. The instructor will guide students through understanding the anatomy and proportions of the head, how to draw the features, learn how to get a likeness and how to build portrait drawings and paintings for your portfolio. An overview of the history of portraits and portrait styles will be included as well as the materials of making a portrait.

Step by Step photo and video demonstrations will be provided, as well as regular live Zoom meetings for group discussion and critique. Additional demonstrations will include a portrait in acrylic and oil, pastel and self portrait. Students will work in the media of their choice. Projects will range from sketchbook exercises to fully finished works. The online, user friendly platform, Canvas, will be used.

Learning goals:

  • Students will gain an overview of the anatomy of the head
  • Students will learn how to get a likeness
  • Students will gain proficiency in both portrait sketches and finished portraits Students will gain proficiency in using basic portrait materials.

Scholarships are available by application: Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here:


  • Session 1: Jul 12 - 16th, 2021
    Mon - Fri for 1 week from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Online Class

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