The Face: A Mixed-Media Studio


The history of portraiture is vast and rich in inventiveness, social commentary, psychology, and political power. The face, or portrait, will be our jumping-off point in this mixed-media studio course. Students will be asked to investigate portraiture—self-portraits and otherwise—in creative and personal ways and across mediums (painting, drawing, photo, sculpture, video, etc.). Students will experiment with point of view, scale, style, and various mediums. For context, we will look at the history of portraiture and how contemporary artists deal with the human face as subject matter. Students will be asked to research artists and styles of portraiture and present their work in class. Visits to artists’ studios in New York City and visiting artists in class will also provide a foundation and inspiration for our work.