Portrait Drawing Class

Level up your portraiture skills through 4 weeks of focused study.


Tuesdays, 7-10pm; October 1st-22nd, 2019

Location: Cura Studios in Orange

Learn how to approach the complexities of the portrait by going beyond copying from a photograph. In this focused 4 week class you’ll learn strategies to draw a well-proportioned portrait, capturing the likeness and mood of your model, by drawing from life.


Classically trained artist Carolin Peters will guide you through this class, in which you’ll:

  • Learn about the underlying structure of the head

  • Get valuable tips on how to capture facial features just right

  • Beat overwhelm by learning how to break your process into manageable stages

  • Study composition

  • Understand how to use your materials right

  • Experience the joy of a focused and stimulating work environment


The class includes 

  • slideshow lectures,

  • teacher-demonstration,

  • one-on-one instruction, 

  • plenty of time to draw our model.

When you are ready to move on from online tutorials and get personalized instruction this is what you can expect to get better results on:

Week 1: Structure.

Let’s study the underlying anatomy!

Week 2: Light and Shadow.

Learn how clear shadow patterns take your drawings to the next level

Week 3: Value

Create nuanced form  through controlling your medium in all the right places.

Week 4: Composition

Design your image for maximum impact.


Class size is limited to 8 students max. Sign up now to guarantee your spot.

Materials: Click here for a list of recommended materials.

Price: $220 (Save $30 by signing up before August 26th. Discount starts decreasing thereafter and goes away by  9/7).

Attendees must be 16 years+.



I’ve never drawn before can I attend?

Yes. Even though it’s desirable for you to have a fundamental grasp of drawing, this class will meet you wherever you are at.


I’m not very talented, does that matter?

Not at all. Drawing is a universal skill and can be learned by anyone willing to try something outside their comfort zone. Effort and commitment are required, talent is optional.


What style of drawing do you teach?

I teach all my classes in a way that doesn’t focus on style, as style is something that develops naturally and individually through practicing for years. Instead, I teach fundamental principles that will form solid building blocks for any further education or self-study.


I've had some instruction on this topic before, is this class suitable for someone with prior knowledge?

The great thing about fundamental principles is that they will never conflict with well-founded information only compliment and strengthen it. Great artists know the importance of staying open to new insights and solutions while carefully evaluating if they are suitable for what they hope to achieve. In that spirit I believe this class will only help to grow your skill set.


I don’t know where/don’t have time to buy the materials.

Having the right materials is crucial for a good painting experience. Click here for a list of recommended materials and stores, or purchase the upgraded class which includes all materials.


I’m away on one of the dates can I have a refund for that day?

Unfortunately no. Due to the small number of attendees and involved model fees your purchase of the class is final. You will, however, receive an email with notes from the day of your absence. 

Please, note our cancellation policy for figure/portrait classes: We grant full refunds only for cancellations up to 2 weeks before class. For cancellations made less than 2 weeks before class we offer the chance to take the class next time it is offered.