Portrait Drawing

Elizabeth Zanzinger is an award-winning painter with an enthusiastic international following. She developed her artistic voice through her studies at the Aristides Atelier and Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle. Elizabeth finished her education with a fellowship award (Grand Prize, 2nd Annual Utrecht Art Competition) at the Grand Central Academy, New York City, in 2012. Since then she has completed a number of commissioned portraits of accomplished individuals, including former Chief Justice Ronald M. George of the California Supreme Court. This year she served as an honored faculty member for the Portrait Society of America Conference in Washington DC.

Elizabeth’s paintings echo the traditional skills gained from a disciplined classical training, although the work often celebrates non-traditional subjects. Through expert painting from life and rhythmic compositions she imbues mundane subjects with a sense of beauty and wonder. Using strong drawing abilities, skilled brushwork, and luminous color she has combined approaches from multiple influences to create her own unique approach to painting. She is a popular painting and drawing instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area, from which she hails.

9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
Paper: At least 5 sheets of Canford Paper, Gun Metal Grey 12x16ish”


  • 5 General’s Charcoal Pencils – Medium (at least 5)
  • 1 General’s Charcoal Pencils – Hard
  • 1 General’s Charcoal Pencils – Soft
  • 4 General’s Charcoal Pencils – WHITE (Chalk) (at least 4)

Two methods for pencil sharpening, I recommend the one at http://www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com/ for getting lazy but nice points, or hand sharpen with an exacto knife. PLEASE have your pencils sharpened to a very fine point for the first day of class.


  • Very soft, cheap watercolor brush, squirrel hair or synthetic equivalent recommended. Medium-size stump or tortillion is useful as well.
  • 150 Grit sandpaper or pencil sanding board.
  • Eraser pencil, like Tombow Mono Zero Refillable Eraser stick.
  • Grey Kneaded Eraser
  • Straight Skewer or long skinny knitting needle for measuring
  • ½” Foam Core Drawing board. Please cut it down to fit your paper.
  • Artist’s Tape for mounting
  • I find a brimmed cap very helpful for controlling light in your face.
  • Binoculars are also recommended (Close-focus, like Pentax Papilio II 6.5×21)
Working from a live model, study the complex forms that make up the human head and learn to depict it through tonal rendering. Learn to render the patterns and proportions of the facial structure and planes of the skull beginning with the block in method, and then add/construct individual features. Elizabeth Zanzinger is an award-winning painter with an international reputation. An alumni from the Aristides Atelier, Zanzinger had a fellowship at the Grand Central Atelier and has received many portrait commissions including former Chief Justice George of the California Supreme Court, and several NASA scientists.