Hagerstown Community College will offer a portraiture class on Wednesday afternoons, from 1 to 4:35 p.m., beginning Aug. 28 and ending Dec. 11, in the Kepler Center on HCC’s main campus.
There has been no subject more compelling to the artist through history than the human form. Nothing is more challenging than to translate a three-dimensional mass into a two-dimensional drawing. And there is no better way of perfecting this art than working from a live model.
“That’s why we begin our portraiture class focusing on the relationship between the skeletal structure and facial form,” said Janet Salter, HCC art instructor. “It is also important to understand how to use facial expression, attitude, composition, and emphasis to strengthen the depth and character of the subject. Portraiture is much more than getting a likeness. That is why students are given weekly critiques to accelerate their learning process.”
The fall portraiture class is a three-credit, upper-level class for students with basic drawing experience who wish to broaden their ability to create strong visual images. Students will work from live models and the human skeleton in order to gain a better understanding of body structure.