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Watercolor Portrait: A 3/4 View

4 Session Evening Studio Arts Course

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 6:30 Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 9:00 p.m. ET
Upcoming Session:
Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00LD
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$175 - Non-Member
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Materials for this program

  1. Supply List
  2. Pre-Class Videos
  3. Mixing Skin Tones

By Cindy Briggs

Learn to paint a watercolor portrait with a 3/4 view while discovering how to mix skin tones, and use layered values and blending to capture the forms and curves of the face. The importance of the eyes in the portrait is a main focus, as well as the techniques to make them sparkle with life. Start by working from instructor-provided images. Then, after learning what makes a good reference photo, you progress to painting portraits reflecting your own vision. Recommended for experienced beginners to advanced artists.

This class will be recorded. Please see our FAQ for recording terms and conditions.

Other Information

  • The instructor is Cindy Briggs.
  • 4 sessions, 2.5 hours each
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.

Patron Information

  • All Studio Arts classes require a ticket for each participant so that the instructor can provide individual attention to every student listed on the roster.
  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
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This online program is presented on Zoom.