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Portrait Drawing: Beginner and Intermediate

June 8, 2013 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


With Kathy Waltermire
June 8, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In this class, students will learn to use pencil or charcoal to do a realistic drawing of a person.  Emphasis will be on the proportions, planes, and angles of the head and using value–light and shadow–to show features, form and volumes.  Kathy will give short demonstrations and students will have practice time in the morning.  A yoga stretch session with Kay Hawkins will help transition to lunch.  We will draw from a live model in the afternoon.

The instructor will be available for individual help. At the end of the day, drawings will be reviewed and discussed.  A supplies list is below.

The cost of the workshop is $65 per participant (includes the model fee). A minimum of 6 participants will be required to hold the workshop, which is limited to 15 people.  The class will be held on the porch of the Plantation Dining Room.  Tables and chairs will be provided.

About the Instructor
Instructor Kathy Waltermire is an award-winning local artist, who works mainly in pastel but also draws with pencil, charcoal and ink.  Portraits are one of her favorite subjects.  Her paintings have been accepted in national and regional juried shows in central and Northern Virginia, and she has won awards for her pastel paintings.  Kathy is a member of the Colonial Beach Artists’ Guild, the Pastel Society of Virginia, and the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts.  She has trained with nationally and internationally known artists.

Supplies list: (most materials are available at stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or A. C. Moore)

Drawing paper or newsprint tablet 11 x 14 inches or larger, for practice drawings

Two half-sheets of smooth colored drawing paper, such a Mi Tientes, about 11 x 14 inches, in a medium to light shade/value (needs to be able to show pencil/charcoal and white drawing.)

Drawing board for support, bulldog clips or tape to hold paper

A few soft pencils (such as 2B,  HB) and white pastel pencil or white charcoal pencil OR conte crayon (which is not erasable) in sienna, dark and white

Knitting needle or thin wooden skewer for measuring

Soft eraser (kneadable eraser is best)

Notebook or sketchbook for note taking

Optional: Thin tortillon (paper blender stick) and free-standing or table easel


To register, please contact Jon Bachman by phone 804-493-1972 or email. If you have questions about the workshop, you can contact Kathy Waltermire by phone 804-224-4480 or by email.



June 8, 2013
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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