Introduction to Portrait Drawing (online class)

John A. Varriano

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Class Description

This interactive online class will explore principles of drawing the head in any position. We will analyze the skeletal structure of the head and develop a working methodology for understanding the head in terms of masses, planes, and construction lines. We will do this by studying the skull and old master drawings. We will review methods established by George Bridgeman and Andrew Loomis. Students will be asked to make copies of lesson plates provided and master drawings.
The class will combine lectures, demonstrations, and critiques of students’ works.

About the Instructor

John A. Varriano is a representational painter. He has exhibited extensively and has won numerous awards, including Best in Show at the UCJF’s Annual Fall for Art Show, 2010 and the National Art League’s Annual Exhibition, 2011, the Sanford Grumbacher Gold Medal, the Alfred and Mary Crimi Award, and the Giulia Palermo Award at the Audubon Artists Exhibit, NY. In 2006 he was one of twenty artists invited to paint the landscape at the Forbes Trinchera Ranch in Colorado. He was one of twenty artists chosen out of thousands to participate in the International Fine Art Exhibit in Chelsea, 2012, and was selected in 2012 and 2013 for the Hudson Valley Artists Association Annual Exhibition in Old Lyme, CT. Varriano studied at The Art Students League with Frank Mason and Gustav Rehberger. He currently teaches figurative and portrait painting in New Jersey and New York City, and landscape workshops in the Hudson Valley region of NY. He is represented by Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, NY.

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