(June 27, 2017) – Hagerstown Community College will offer a portraiture class on Thursdays this fall, from 1 to 4:35 p.m., beginning August 31, in the Kepler Center.
Through lecture and working from live models each week, students gain an understanding of the cranial skeleton and how it can impact the power of the portrait. Students will explore the complexities of facial features, facial expressions, gesture, body language, and environment, as ways to strengthen the interpretation of a personality.
“As a deep understanding of skeletal structure is paramount to understanding facial form, that is the way we begin this class,” says Janet Salter, class instructor. “It is also important to know how to use facial expression, attitude, composition, and emphasis to strengthen the depth and character of the subject whether it is being used for fine art, graphic art, anime, or cartooning.”
The fall portraiture class is a three-credit, upper-level class for students with basic drawing skills who wish to broaden their ability to create strong visual images. Charcoal and conté are recommended initially, but those who are adept at other media will be encouraged to use them.