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Course Description

Portraiture is specific and general, timely and timeless. It informs us about a particular individual while revealing something about us all. The portrait, whether a painting or drawing, involves technical, organizational, spiritual, and philosophical concerns basic to any work of art. The initial objective is to produce a physical resemblance to the model, but it is even more important to progress toward the elusive “other” inner life, sometimes at the expense of physical likeness. The class introduces several approaches to help you discover a natural and personal direction. Personal choices for materials include drawing materials (charcoal, pencil, pastel, etc.), water-based paint (gouache, acrylic, inks), or oil paint. Level: intermediate.

This course may employ nude models for educational purposes. Please contact the instructor with any questions or concerns.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

Refund Policy:?The refund policy for Courses at Tufts offerings is dependent on the course length. Please refer to the section details to confirm any exceptions to the standard refund policy. The refund policies are viewable here:? 

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.


Any materials necessary for the first class meeting will be communicated to enrolled students by the instructor in advance. Otherwise, materials and supplies will be covered in the first class meeting.

Affiliated With:

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University