Portrait Painting with Rick Lacey


The focus of this class is to provide students with a foundational approach to draw and paint the portrait from life. A variety of models will be featured and any media is welcome. Some of the concepts that will be addressed include, placement of the subject on the page, building the initial axial framework, the basic structure of the head, proportions, measuring, line quality, and dealing with light and shade. Students will be exposed to portraiture in relation to art history and will have the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest. All levels welcome.


Materials list:

  • Drawing board for 18x24 paper
  • 18x24 Drawing paper
  • Vine charcoal
  • Charcoal pencils
  • Graphite pencils
  • Kneaded eraser


  • Variety of prepared canvases or panels
  • Turpenoid or Gamsol
  • Paper towels
  • Variety of oil paints
  • Brushes in a range of sizes

All materials and supplies are available for purchase at our campus Art Store. For more information about hours visit: http://www.lymeacademy.edu/index.php/about/art_store