Drop in to this ongoing series of short classes in which we look at basic concepts and do exercises to gain specific skills in portraiture. Each session will have its own focus. this month we are working on the facial features (eyes, nose, mouth, and ears) from various angles. Think of this as a "bite-sized" approach to the wonders of the human face and its expressions. We will draw and paint. Generally we study features and angles and proportions of famous and not-so-famous-but-immensely-interesting faces. We will switch it up from week to week and repeat core skills along the way. Over time, the result should be a measure of confidence and skills in your work and an excellent foundation to build on toward creating your own expressive portraits. This class is for true beginners or students in need of refreshing on the details. We'll take it slow and have fun. I will bring in everything I've learned over my time taking workshops with famous portrait artists, reading books, and all of it. You are welcome to suggest faces to draw/paint as we work our way through a year of faces. What can we achieve in a year of thoughtful study and practice? That will be a delight to see...


10am - 11:30 am PST (WestCoast US); 1-2:30 pm EST (EastCoast US); 6-7:30 pm GMT (London). Log on 10 minutes ahead of class to settle in.


Thursdays 15 & 29 July "The Face 101" via Zoom 10-11:30am

  • We will work predominantly with basic drawing pencils, graphite aquarelles (melting drawing pencils when a wet brush is applied to the marks), and watercolor paints. We will also bring in some pen and ink (black Sharpies and other permanent markers) and opague white. More on that in class. We will also make use of a hashtag on Instagram (#angelasarthouse) as a meeting place to find handouts and share our results. We also have a private Facebook group where we can meet to discuss our work and share it on a voluntary upload basis. 

  • Once your payment is received you will receive instructions about any handouts for class.  Sometimes there will be some preparation ahead of time. You will also receive a "Zoom Invitation Link" to your email. Log on to class begins a half hour ahead of class time to work out any tech issues and for people to socialize prior to class starting.