Portrait Drawing

Jim Phalen has a BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico. He has taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, State University of New York Buffalo, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and University of Puget Sound. He was a recipient of the Pollock/Krasner Grant, the Artist Trust Grant and was am artist-in-residence in Ireland. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Seattle Times and he has been published in New American Painting. He’s represented by the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in SF and the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville. Jim is married with two adult sons and lives in Kenmore, WA.
9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Live Model Included
Gage Capitol Hill
  • 17×14 White sketch paper (Strathmore 300 series Charcoal is a good choice)
  • 17×14 Rough Newsprint paper
  • Medium Charcoal pencils
  • 2 Soft Charcoal pencils
  • 5 pieces of vine charcoal
  • 1 Exacto knife
  • 1 Sandpaper pad ‘pointer’ for sharpening pencils
  • 1 compressed charcoal stick
  • Large paper stump
  • Kneaded erasure
  • Vinyl (rubber) eraser
  • Spray fixative
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.