Painting from Life via Zoom: Portraiture (Online)

Janet A. Cook

Opposing Forces 60x60

Class Description

This class offers an opportunity to paint from life while embracing the technology that makes it possible. Zoom, video, photos, email and text enable us to continue to work together but in a virtual space. Ultimately our class pushes the boundaries of what’s possible, while still honoring the tradition of working from life.


Emphasis will be placed on drawing skills and a basic understanding of anatomy, movement, psychological force, light and form, rich paint, color and the use of correct value relationships in creating an expressive work that has strength and presence. The instructor will critique the student’s work in ‘breakout’ online sessions using digital references.

About the Instructor

Cook currently teaches at the Pastel Society of America. She taught workshops in France and at Southern Utah University. Educated at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Art and Design, she holds a BA Hons in History of Art from de Montford University, UK. She has garnered many awards for her work; Gold and Silver medals from Allied Artists of America and finalist at the Portrait Society of America and the ARC Salon. Cook is represented by Haven Gallery in Northport, NY and Dacia Gallery NYC where she has had three solo shows. Her work has been published in periodicals and is held in collections including the Trenton City Museum, NJ.

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