Portrait drawing and painting 

July 29 > August 2, 2019

5 days tuition

30 hours

15 places are available for each workshops.

Teaching is conducted in English.

Below 50% of participants the course is canceled.

Payment in 2 installments: 50% upon registration, 50% the following month.

Tax included


July 29 > August 2, 2019 - 5 days tuition - 30 hours

Portrait Drawing and Painting 





Location: Paris Academy of Art – 78, rue Raspail – 92270 Bois-Colombes - France

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Medium: Graphit drawing and Oil on canvas or panel

Class size: 8 to 15 students

Language: English

Schedule: 9 am > 12 am / 1 pm > 4 pm



In making representational artworks skill in terms of accuracy and design are fundamental to perfection in drawing or sculpture. This course is designed to strengthen the student’s visual relationship with three-dimensional form, allowing you to confront portraiture, and eventually to draw and scuplt with accuracy and clear intent. 

Students will be working during the first three days with graphite pencils and will be guided through the process of toning their own paper during the drawing portion of the workshop. There will be an introduction to a variety of drawing papers available and the ways that they can be toned by hand. 

During the final two days of the workshop students will be working with oil paint, and will be guided through the process making an oil painting from start to finish. There will be an introduction on a variety of materials available and the ways that they can be used. 

Portrait anatomy and structure are studied from various points of view, with particular attention paid to the anatomical construction of its parts: the skull, ear, eye, nose and mouth. 

The class will work on one long pose- focusing on structure, proportion, line quality, light impression and atmosphere. Students will receive daily individual critiques to help guide them towards a fully resolved and accurate drawing. 

During this course we will work with a model presented from a variety of viewpoints: profile, full front, three-quarter, reconstructing both the anatomy and the psychology of the sitter. Here the study of expression is undertaken to convey mood and personality.

Topics which will be covered: 

• Paper varieties
• Drawing materials, pencils, erasers, stumps... 

• Toning Paper

• Organizing light and shadow
• How to see values in context

• Integrating the figure into the background 

• How to key a drawing

• Form vs. atmosphere

• Where artistic choices are made

• Line quality
• Edge quality 

• Planes of the head

• Major anatomical features
• Structure and make up of the facial features 






Cornelia is a award winning artist who currently teach at the Florence Academy of Art in Jersey City, USA. Cornelia was born and raised in Norway and from the onset of her painting pursuits in her teens, she was particularly interested in rendering the human form and emotive expressions through portraiture and mythological motifs. During the course of their artistic and academic training, she further developed a deep affection for the genres of still life and nature motifs. Her current focus encompasses portrait, still life and floral painting as well as commissioned based work. In 2016 Cornelia was awarded the 2nd place in the drawing Category in the 12th international ARC salon Competition.


Stephen’s work focuses on the human figure. In 2016, after a decade of studying and teaching in Europe he returned to the United States upon the invitation of The Florence Academy of Art to teach and paint at their U.S. branch in Jersey City, NJ where he is currently the Director of the Anatomy and Ecorche programs as well as continuing to teach drawing and painting in the core program.

Stephen has given drawing and painting workshops and demos throughout the United States and Europe including the Long Island Academy of Art in New York, the Art Florida Academy in Miami, and at all three campuses of the Florence Academy of art in Sweden, Italy and America.






An important note: Due to their toxicity no solvent or turpentine is allowed during the workshop, neither for medium use nor for cleaning brushes. During these workshops brush cleaning will be done by soaking dirty brushes in safflower oil or walnut oil or linseed oil (note: buy one of these oils in a supermarket and not at an art store; the cheaper the better!) then cleaned with soap and water. If you've never cleaned your brushes in this manner not only is it nontoxic but it's also quite good for the bristles of the brushes.


Drawing Materials 

• Mechanical ("clicky") pencils, two each of .3 and .5 (each pair with 2h and b leads) 

• Mono Zero eraser pencils, one round tipped and one rectangular tipped (with refills) 

• One Robert Simmons hog bristle filbert brush, no.3
• Various wooden pencils from 4h to 2b
• Kneaded rubber eraser (prismacolor makes a good one) 


• Stonehenge by Legion, 45x60 inch 

Painting Materials 

• Wooden Palette – at least 30 cm, 12 inches 

• Refined linseed oil 

• 1 palette cup 

• 1 medium size palette knife, you choose the shape; I suggest one thicker at the base 

and pointier at the top, a diamond shaped trowel about 1 3/4 inches long and flexible 

• 1 stretched linen canvas 30x40cm 


• Rounds
At least two #6, at least two #4, at least two #3, at least two #2, at least one #1 

• Filberts & Brights
At least two #6, at least two #4, at least two #3, at least two #2, at least one #1 


• Lead white or titanium white
• Yellow ochre
• An earth red. (Venetian red, terra rosa, burnt sienna, Indian red or english red) 

• Alizarin crimson
• Ivory black
• Raw Umber or burnt umber 




What's included 

Five days of tuition, end of workshop aperitif.


What's no included

Materials and accomodation.




The Paris Academy of Art is an approved atelier by the Art Renewal Center


Data sheet

July 29 > August 2, 2019
78 rue Raspail - 92270 Bois-Colombes
5 days
9am to 12pm - 1pm to 4pm
15 places
Portrait drawing and painting