Drawing the Features of the Head

with Gary Faigin

Thursdays | Apr 15 – Jun 10 | 12:30pm-1:30pm PST

Nothing is more emotionally compelling to observe than the human face. Magazines flaunt idealized facial beauty; Hollywood packages expressive faces for big-screen cinema; TV capitalizes on talking heads to give the facts and features of the day. Over six lectures, Gary Faigin, author of the acclaimed The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression, presents an animated discourse on the foundations of drawing the head. Drawing from models and showing slides, he guides you to a broader understanding of this fascinating subject.

Thursday, April 15th: It’s What’s Underneath that Counts: Fundamental Forms of the Skull
Thursday, April 22nd: The Skull: How It Relates to the Proportions of the Head
Thursday, April 29th: Looking into the Eye: Understanding & Drawing Its Forms
Thursday, May 6th: The Features: Depicting the Nose, the Mouth & the Ear
Thursday, June 3rd*: The Tonal Factor: Shading the Head as a Whole
Thursday, June 10th* : What’s in a Smile? A Look at Facial Expressions

*NOTE: No lectures May 13th – May 27th.

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Spring 2021


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