Portrait painting has a rich history, representing humanity through many different approaches, techniques and sensibilities. This intensive weekly course is designed for students of all experience levels who wish to strengthen their ability to paint a portrait from life. Students will paint using either a direct alla-prima approach or a layered underpainting approach, as preferred. The course is enhanced by demonstrations and lectures, challenging students to deepen their understanding of composition, proportion, value, color, edges and personality characterization. Individualized instruction will be given.