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Portrait Drawing/Painting

at Hippo Factory - West Jefferson

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$45 13 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Nov 02, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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West Jefferson, South Los Angeles
3614 W Jefferson Blvd
Btwn S Victoria Ave & Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90016
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 12 and older
Average Class Size: 8
Teacher: Brian Busch

What you'll learn in this drawing and painting class:

Learn to break down the portrait with emphasis on understanding of shape, value and edges in order to render a three dimensional likeness.

Paint from both portrait images photographed specifically for the Hippo Factory and a live model session at the end of each four week workshop. A limited Zorn color palate will be taught.



  • Canvas, canvas boards or gessoed panels 16 x 20 


  • Artist grade Oil colors are preferred, but student colors are acceptable 
  • Titanium white 
  • Cadmium Red or Cadmium Red Medium
  • Yellow Ochre 
  • Ivory Black 


  • There are a variety of palettes out there, plastic, wood or disposable paper palettes are all acceptable 


  • Hog hair bristles, Filbert shape, sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 (Hog hair Flats and Synthetic Nylon rounds are also nice to have) 
  • Diamond shaped palette knife 


  • Gamsol only please 


  • Paper towel (Viva is my preferred brand) 
  • Feel free to reach out with any questions, Brian Busch 630-379-6145 

Zorn selfie, holding the palette attributed to him

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Refund Policy
Make-up Policy

Students pre-pay all classes by the month or individually. It is a commitment that is made by the student and Hippo Factory insures your easel space will be held for you. A 24 hour notice is needed when missing a class to earn a make- up class. Hippo Factory welcomes students to come to any other class while enrolled & if space is available to do the "make-up."

Make-ups are not owed to a student and have no monetary value, they are a courtesy extended by Hippo Factory. Please note you may only take a make-up class when you are enrolled for a least a month and may only be used within the dates you are enrolled. A make-up class is an opportunity to try a different class or teacher and may not be used in the class you are in or added on at the end of the session. Make-ups expire at the end of the year they were acquired in.


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Hippo Factory

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If you are heading east on Jefferson the building is just before Crenshaw. Turn into the alley next to BOOST MOBILE - and look for the Hippo Factory banner. There is street parking in the area or at the Metro Parking on Crenshaw and Jefferson (South East side of Jefferson half a block South of Crenshaw)

Start Dates (6)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
2:00pm - 5:00pm Brian Busch 1 $45
2:00pm - 5:00pm Brian Busch 4 $160
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Nov 09 2:00pm - 5:00pm Brian Busch
Sat, Nov 16 2:00pm - 5:00pm Brian Busch
Sat, Nov 23 2:00pm - 5:00pm Brian Busch
2:00pm - 5:00pm Brian Busch 1 $45
2:00pm - 5:00pm Brian Busch 1 $45
2:00pm - 5:00pm Brian Busch 1 $45
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
2:00pm - 5:00pm Brian Busch 1 $45

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