Portrait Drawing

Gary Faigin is the co-Founder and Artistic Director of nationally-renowned Gage Academy of Art in Seattle where he also leads the Faigin Still Life Painting atelier, lectures on Perspective and Portraiture and teaches occasional drawing and painting workshops. With an expertise in Western Art history, Faigin has been leading art tours for Gage to the cultural capitols of the world since 1995. Through a Gage/Town Hall partnership, Faigin hosts televised “Art Talks” with leading American artists, as well as art panels on “hot button” art topics. As a fine artist, his paintings have been shown in galleries in New York, Santa Fe and Seattle as well as one-man museum shows at the Frye Art Museum and the Coos Bay Art Museum. He is currently represented by Bonfire Gallery in Seattle where his next exhibit is schedule for October 2017. Faigin received his artistic training at the Art Students League in New York and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. Faigin is also the author of “The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression,” published in 1990, which has since been translated into 8 languages with over 175,000 copies sold. Three decades later, Faigin continues to research and lecture on the dynamics of facial expressions at UW’s Animation Research Labs (ARL) in the Paul G Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Faigin writes art reviews for the Seattle Times. In addition, he serves as a founding trustee of the Cascadia Art Museum, located in Edmonds WA, featuring historic Northwest art.
9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Live Model Included
Gage Capitol Hill
Coming Soon
Over the course of four intensive days working from portrait models and your own self-portrait, learn the essential techniques and concepts of line, value, volume, structure, and composition in rendering complex portraits. Explore the patterns and proportions of the facial structure, especially the planes of the skull, and learn to construct the features one-at-a-time, with special attention paid to the eyes. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice you will learn working methods that are clear and flexible, designed to increase perceptual observation, problem-solving skills, and technical application. Taught by Gage co-founder and Art Director Gary Faigin.