Instructor: Carol Phenix
Dates: Thursdays, March 27 – May 1
Times: 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Draper & Maynard Room 213
The ability to capture a likeness is perhaps more challenging than anything else in an artist’s skill set – but also one of the most satisfying. This short course will give students the opportunity to broaden their range of skills to include a pursuit which is both enjoyable and professionally useful. We will do some short exercises, “clothe”a skull, work from cast heads, practice from photo reference and master drawings; and complete one or more final portraits using photo reference of the students’ choosing.
Students should have basic drawing skills to get the most benefit from the course.
• Any inexpensive drawing pad or sketchbook, at least 11×14
• Drawing pencils (graphite) in a range of hardnesses, HB to 6B; in
addition, harder pencils (H2 – H6) if students prefer.
• Kneaded eraser and/or “Magic Rub” eraser.
• Sandpaper or pencil sharpener
• Soft Charcoal sticks or willow vine charcoal
• Charcoal pencils
• White drawing pencil
OR, in place of the 5 or 6 items above,
• “Drawing Class Essentials Kit” containing a similar variety of charcoal and graphite pencils
• 1 or 2 sheets toned Canson Mi-Teintes paper, preferably a medium grey or warm beige
• At least 1 sheet of “ good” paper for the final portrait(s) (we will discuss this in class as students
may choose different media for the final portrait)
Carol Emery Phenix is a native of New Hampshire and lived in the White Mountain region for 33 years. Carol is a landscape, figure and portrait painter, but from earliest youth her primary artistic interest has been the illustration of imaginative fiction. She has been published in two HarperCollins JRR Tolkien tribute books and several derivative works including the 1998 Tolkien Calendar. Additionally, she has painted a number of covers for books of young adult fiction. Carol has a BFA in Illustration from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. She currently lives in Penacook NH.