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Continuing Education at PAFA

Self-Portrait Drawing (ONLINE) DR 600EF_ON

with Phyllis Laver


Throughout history both the serious and casual artist have used their own image as a model and as reference. Some artists work exclusively in self-portraits. The artist’s self-portrait can chronicle a life, imply a narrative, or serve as a study. Draw from direct observation to produce self-portraits ranging from heads to full-length figures. Learn fundamental drawing concepts such as using line, shape, and value to build form. Rendering techniques and costuming will be used to vary images, create special effects, or explore different identities. Study self-portraits throughout history to appreciate the diversity of the genre and to find personal connection in the tradition.

Learning Objectives:

  • students will develop the ability to better see line and shape rather than relying on schema
  • students will acquire a working knowledge of form and structure in the body
  • students will learn to light a subject (their own image) to create volume and effect
  • students will work in graphite, charcoal and ink to understand differences in varied materials, and to gain confidence in using them
  • students will study and discuss self-portraits by diverse artists

Register by: January 22

Materials List: Laver 600EF_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements


Ellen Lanyon (1926-2013), Self, 1955, graphite on paper, 16 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (42.8625 x 35.2425 cm.), collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 2014.21.2.6, Gift of Roland Ginzel, © Estate of Ellen Lanyon

  • Session 1: Feb 3 - Mar 24th, 2021
    Wed for 8 weeks from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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