Facing the Portrait

Create meaningful portraits of a person or a pet and capture the personality of your subject in this hands-on workshop open to all levels. Media include pen, pencil, ink, watercolor or acrylic paint and other dry or water-based media.

portrait drawing of man with glasses

Creating a meaningful portrait of a person or a pet requires more than just capturing a likeness. Successful portraits can also convey the personality, mood and emotions of a subject. Open to all levels, this course focuses on rendering human or animal features in pen, pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic paint and other dry or water-based media. In this hands-on workshop, you will study the skeletal structure of the head, muscles and facial features in order to master proportion, tone and scale. Demonstrations explore how to attain dramatic variations in lighting, color, composition and orientation to create powerful portraits that reflect the unique character of a person or animal. A field trip to an artist’s studio or museum collection is included.


Sectionsort descending Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU1005.S18.1 Ellen Orseck On-campus 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Ellen Orseck
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
START DATE: March 05, 2018

Instructor: Ellen Orseck

Ellen Orseck, M.A., is a Houston-based artist whose artwork has been exhibited across Houston and Texas, as well as in New York City and Lima, Peru. She has been awarded several commissions from state art councils, corporate collections and private patrons and was a finalist for The Hunting Prize. Ms. Orseck is represented by Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston. Her education includes four years at the Glassell School of Art. She holds a master’s degree in painting from New York University and a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: March 05, 2018

End Date: Apr. 30, 2018

Schedule: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Length: Eight Mondays (no class April 2)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $335 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $65 but will vary by selected media.)

Rice Alumni: $302

CEUs: 2.0

Note: Limited enrollment. One field trip held off campus. Supply lists will be available two weeks prior to the course start date. For more information, please contact cpcoord@rice.edu.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for the course field trip.

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