In this hands-on 5-week class, we will learn the fundamentals of how to draw the human head with an emphasis on volumetric construction, planar structure, expressive rhythms, and character. This constructive approach will empower you to quickly identify and indicate the key structural landmarks of the head, allowing you to capture its form, character, and expression quickly and effectively. In addition to being a thorough, hands-on introduction to the key principles and practices of constructive head drawing, it also works as an excellent preparation for the "Alla Prima Head Painting" class that I will be teaching in the second half of the Spring quarter.
Each class we will draw from the live model, applying what we learn to a variety of characters, expressions, ages, and types. Class will include demonstrations, lectures, and plenty of hands-on individual feedback as students draw from the live model. All levels are welcome.
Topics covered include:
- The 5 minute lay-in
- The three key masses of the skull
- 2 proportional systems
- The key anatomical landmarks of the head
- The structural planes of the head
- Anatomical rhythms and their expressive power
- Light logic: the 2-value system and the 5-value system
- Facial features and their structural breakdown
- Beyond Likeness: Character, Gesture and Expression

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