Faces tell stories like no other subject. With the turn of an eyebrow or the curl of a lip, and artist can transform a simple portrait into a compelling story. It is an ever-fascinating adventure. But, because faces are also our most familiar subject, we need to explore new ways of looking. Examine the form with fresh eyes. Scatter our research findings and gather it all together again in interesting ways. Let the faces dance! Let them dance in paint!
Tell Me About the Course!
The course will be self-guided through four distinct video sessions, each designed to leave you with finished artwork.
- Session One: Blind Contour and Chaos
- Session Two: The Rembrandt Face
- Session Three: The Mr. Potatohead Method
- Session Four: Hair, Headdresses and Context
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Tell Me More About These Sessions!
Session 1: Blind Contour and Chaos
Get ready to rumble! Let’s start by scraping away any existing ideas of drawing or painting. Embrace simple tools and looking with your eyeballs upside-down.
Session 2: The Rembrandt Face
Photographers have borrowed Rembrandt’s lighting techniques for decades. We are going to borrow them right back in how we approach highlight and shadow.
Session 3: The Mr. Potatohead Method
Remember playing with your old Mr. Potatohead doll as a kid? How fun it was to compose the face and then change the look by adding a new mouth or ears or glasses? That’s exactly what we will be doing here with collage.
Session 4: Hair, Headdresses and Context
Want to change the look of a face? Add hair. Or a hat. Or a tiara. The simple addition or contextual information can cast the subject in entirely new ways.
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In Case We Haven't Met...
Hi! My name is Amanda. I’m a painter, a maker, a gallery owner, mom, and sometimes I teach art to people who think they are not artistic. Over the years I have taught thousands of individuals how to create beautiful and meaningful works of art. I'm so glad you are here!