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Portrait and Figure Painting (All Levels)

92nd Street Y

Develop your skills in figure and portrait painting from observation of live models. Learn color mixing, structure, proportion, and light and shadow theory in gouache and oil mediums. Capture the model's gesture, likeness, and expression in this comprehensive course.

Monday, Feb 26th, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

Figure and Portrait Drawing Combined

92nd Street Y

Explore the art of capturing the human form and face with precision and depth in this immersive drawing course. Master the intricacies of anatomy and bring your figures and portraits to life using a variety of drawing mediums. Join a community of artists online as you work with live models and engage in class discussions and demonstrations.

Monday, Apr 1st, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

Portrait Drawing: Black & White to Color Pencil

92nd Street Y

Unleash your artistic expression and master the human form with this dynamic online course that takes you from graphite to vibrant colored pencils. Join us for an immersive experience in portrait drawing that will sharpen your skills in capturing the essence of the human face.

Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)

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Introduction to Portrait and Figure Drawing

  • Level Beginner
  • Age 21 and older
  • Price $280
  • Location Live Online

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  • $280
  • Live Online
  • Online: Oct. 5, 12, 26, Nov. 9
    In-person @RAC Studio: Oct. 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30
    Skips 11/23
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this figure drawing class:

IMPORTANT: This is a Hybrid Workshop. Class Meets both on Zoom and In-Person @ RAC Paint Studio. May include additional fees (Studio Fee and Material Fee). For Adults 21+ only.

The human figure has so much to offer for both beginners and seasoned artists. This course will lead you through basic figure and portrait drawing techniques using stock photography as well as live professional nude models. We will focus on line, shading techniques, and proportions while studying human skeletal and muscular anatomy as well as renditions of the figure by the old masters.

Students will begin with graphite and in the last class will have freedom to experiment with other mediums and develop their own figure drawing style. This class meets on zoom and in-person over 8 weeks.

  • Class 1 (Online): Line and Value: Skull Drawing
    • In the first class of the session we will focus on technical skills such as line quality with quick contour drawing exercises, then producing value with different shading techniques. We will employ these techniques in our skull drawing from reference.
  • Class 2 (Online): Proportions: Portrait drawing, Skeletal Structure
    • In this class we will focus on proportions of the human face and body and start a full skeletal drawing.
  • Class 3 (In-Person): Drawing from live models- focus on portrait, gesture and line
    • In person at the RAC, we'll put our newly acquired skills to the test with live models: first we will draw the human head from life, then work with short poses to capture gesture and movement of the entire body.
  • Class 4 (Online): Studies in Anatomy: Old Masters, Parts of the body
    • DaVinci, Michelangelo, Carracci and Rubens knew a few things about figure drawing. We will learn muscular anatomy through studying these old masters and focusing on drawing specific parts of the body.
  • Class 5 (In-Person): In Person drawing from live models- focus on gesture, line and proportions
    • Back in person, we'll work with longer poses this session emphasizing proportions and musculature.
  • Class 6 Zoom: Studies in Anatomy: Old Masters, Parts of the body
    • In this class, we will continue studying muscular anatomy through the work of the old masters.
  • Class 7 (In-Person): In person drawing from live models- developing style
    • Now that we understand the human body on a deeper level, we can attempt to abstract or stylized it to our liking. We'll experiment with different mediums and look to contemporary figurative artists like Tschabalala Self for inspiration.
  • Class 8 (In-Person): In Person Drawing from live models- developing style
    • Our last class will leave you free to use any medium you like to add 2 longer poses to your personal portfolio. We will have a short critique at the end of our session.

Suggested Materials and Supplies:

  • Staedtler graded pencils (H, 2B, 4B)
  • General's 4B and 6B charcoal pencil
  • Drawing board
  • Drawing pad or paper (11x14 or larger, preferably 18x24)
  • Plastic eraser
  • Pencil sharpener or exacto knife
  • Optional: Micron 05 ink pen

For In-person Classes 7 & 8: Any medium and paper you like

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

When class/workshop enrollment is below the minimum three days prior to the first day of class, the class may be cancelled. If there is a cancellation, we will contact registered students at least 2 days before the start of the class/workshop by email or by phone.

We will offer students the option to transfer into another class or receive a full refund for the amount paid.

Classes are not refunded due to failure to attend class, planned absences, minor illnesses, or vacations.

If you drop a class:

  • If you drop a class at least 8 business days before it starts, you will receive a 100% refund minus a $20 administrative fee.
  • If you drop a class between 7 to 2 business days before it starts, there are no refunds. At this point students may receive a class credit if the school is able to replace your seat with another student before the start of class. If this is not possible, crediting will not be offered.
  • If you drop a class on or after the class start date, no refunds or credits are possible.


  • If you transfer to from one class to another class of equal value or more, there is no administrative fee.
  • Otherwise an admin fee will be charged for transfers.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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