Portrait Drawing

Aron Hart is an award-winning artist and art instructor, living in the Seattle area. He specializes in oil paintings and drawings. Dedicated to learning, Aron has continued to develop his skills over the years, studying locally and abroad, and most recently completing three years in the Drawing and Painting Atelier program at Gage Academy of Art.
Gage Capitol Hill
9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Price: $490
Model: Yes
Supports and paper:

  • *Drawing board 18” x 24″
  • Strathmore 500 series white charcoal paper 18” x 24″(Make sure that it’s white, people have been getting the assorted tints by mistake)
  • *Rough Newsprint 18” x 24” (to pad your drawing paper, and for sketching)
  • 1 or 2 sheets of Strathmore 500 series assorted tint charcoal paper 18” x 24″ (preferably blue, green or gray) Pads are also available.
  • 1 or 2 sheets of dark charcoal paper, such as Canson Ingres paper – Stygian black or Dark blue, Canson Mi Teintes paper – Indigo Blue #140, Black #425, Fabriano Tiziano paper – Indigo blue #39, Blue night #42, or Black #31, Daler Rowney Canford paper, Plum, Royal blue, Navy blue or Jet Black.

Drawing Materials:

  • *General’s Charcoal pencils (several HB’s & one 2B)
  • General’s White charcoal pencil
  • Conte Crayon pencil, white
  • Conte Crayon stick, white
  • *Kneaded eraser
  • *White eraser
  • *Blending Stumps (not the spiral wound ones)
  • *Willow Charcoal (Med. Sticks 5-6 mm)
  • *Chamois
  • *Small Snap knife from hardware store
  • *Sandpaper (one piece of 150 sandpaper is all you’ll need)
  • *2 bull dog clips
  • *Wooden skewer (for sighting and measuring)
  • View finder
  • Plumb line (made from a weight suspended from string)
  • *Optional Tombow Zero Refillable Round Eraser (VERY useful)

* Materials needed for the first class, the rest of the materials will be discussed in the first class.

Homework: There will be weekly homework for this class. It’s optional, but highly recommended.

Working from portrait models and self-portraits, study the basic concepts of drawing applied to the human form. Discover essential techniques and concepts of proportion, line, value, volume, structure and composition as you learn to think visually, translating what you see into a compelling portrait.