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CPT 117-W24 | Introduction to Portrait Painting

CPT 117-W24 | Introduction to Portrait Painting

4/4-4/25 (4 sessions) 6-9pm, Thursday, 380 Cumberland Room 103

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description


Painting by Jean Wiecha

This class will jumpstart and rev up your portrait painting practice. Through instruction on observation skills, surface anatomy, and technique, you’ll gain skills in seeing, simplifying, and capturing a likeness. We will work in graphite, charcoal, and gouache, focusing on capturing tonal variations that describe shape and form. For sources, we will explore and copy masterworks, practice working from own photographs, and enjoy a session or two with a live model. You’ll never look at faces the same way again!

Pre requisite: Students should have a good grounding in drawing and gouache painting skills.


4/4-4/25 (4 sessions) 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, Thursday

Tuition: $235 + $35 studio fee

CEUs: 1.2

380 Cumberland Ave, Room 103



Photo by Jay York

Jean Wiecha paints landscapes, seascapes and portraits, working mainly in watercolor, gouache and oil. Her portrait practice is grounded in classical approaches to portrait painting which she has adapted to her own style and interests. A former scientist and experienced university teacher, she enjoys working with students to foster curiosity and channel it into experimentation and confidence.



  • Paper: A pad or sketchbook of watercolor paper at least 140 lb , cold press, acid free, between 8x10 and 9x12. I recommend Winsor & Newton’s 9x12 inch spiral bound watercolor pad, 140 lb, 12 sheets, 25% cotton, acid free, cold pressed.
  • ¼ or half inch tan removable artists tape (NOT blue!)
  • Brushes o 4-6 assorted round brushes, from a liner brush size 0, to rounds and wash brushes ½ inch or so in size. Also a 1 inch flat brush.
  • A small palette knife • A plastic palette for watercolor with 6-8 wells in it.
  • Graphite pencils; erasers; sharpener
  • Soft charcoal pencil
  • Black and white gouache to start.
  • A plastic cup or two for water
  • Small spray bottle (8 oz ish)
  • Paper towels / unscented tissue or toilet paper  

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