Portrait Drawing: Techniques and Materials

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.
9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Price: $490
Live Model
Gage Capitol Hill
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.

Explore portrait drawing techniques and study the master artists who used them. You will work on portrait studies from live model as well as practice drawing techniques from master copies, under the guidance of instructor Aron Hart, an award-winning portrait artist. Materials used in this class will include red chalk, graphite, silverpoint, and charcoal.