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Just Face it! Portraits in ballpoint pen

Join Sydney in learning how to draw portraits. This is an introductory class to learn how to draw the basics of the human head utilizing the mighty, but everyday, ballpoint pen. Using provided reference photos, you’ll learn about the structure of the head and proportion of facial features. You’ll explore different ways that ballpoint pens can be used to create form and texture. These skills will help any beginning or experienced artist and can be applied to various styles. So bring a few pens and a sketch pad and prepare to have fun!

This class is suitable for beginning artists or those with some drawing experience who wish to improve their skills at drawing the human head and features. This is also a great opportunity to try out a new medium and technique for experienced artists. See the supply list to learn what to bring to class.

Topics include:

● Introductions, practice w/ materials, and shape language of head/perspective

● Structure of nose, intro to proportions & measurements, value

● Construction of eye shape

● Mouth shape, jawline, and teeth

● Ear structure and perspective

● Hair and value/shadow shape to show form

● Ethnicity/race variation and emotion/expression

Sydney Boldt

Artist / Instructor

Sydney Boldt is a Sonoma local and longtime artist. She is currently in her fifth year of college studying Fine Art at the Academy of Art University. She enjoys painting and drawing, with oil paints and ink being her favorite mediums. When she’s not teaching or painting, you can find her baking away in her kitchen, watching early 2000s rom-coms, or trying new restaurants! While she is relatively new to teaching, Sydney is eager to teach and learn alongside others.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

September 5, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

DateTuesdays, September 5th – October 17th
Time2:00 – 4:00 PM
Total Sessions7
InstructorSydney Boldt
LocationRoom 210
AgesAdult, 18+
Skill LevelBeginning
Sliding Scale$130 / $210 / $300
Financial Aid AvailableApply Here

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