Ned Mueller - Compelling Portraits Using Charcoal and Conte (Online), Saturdays, October 3-24, 2020

Date: Saturdays, October 3-24, 2020
Time: 10:00AM-1:00PM
Level: All
Medium: Drawing
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Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an IPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.

This Portrait Workshop will concentrate on learning how to see, draw and construct a fine expressive portrait. You will  learn the simple basic proportions of the head and to develop and sharpen your eye to see the placement of the major features. We will work in Conte and/or compressed charcoal as they are very flexible and useful in learning this process. You will learn some fairly easy steps in getting the proportions and structure of the head using models that show off the structure and planel changes of the head along with a strong light and shadow pattern to work from. You will learn how to break the head down into simple value patterns and with the use of lost and found edges make a compelling portrait. We will go over the generic structure of the individual features of the face, those being the eye, nose, mouth and ear so you get a strong understanding of these features. You will learn how to see and interpret the forms and values to get a strong likeness. Mastering the discipline and training of the mind and eye to do a good portrait will translate and help you in other areas of your art as you will become more accurate and confidant in observing and editing the important elements,  whether you are doing a still life or a landscape. I will give plenty of group demonstrations and individual attention. This will be a focused, intense course and you will work hard, learn a lot, indulge our humorous side and we will have a lot of fun doing it! The materials are quite simple and little expense for learning  and doing so much.

Ned Mueller is a very accomplished and highly respected artist, having been drawing and painting for over 65 years. He is the only Artist in the Northwest that has been designated as a “Master Artist” with both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.  He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles where as still a student he also taught drawing classes. He has participated in many of the major invitational shows in the country, including the “Artist’s of America Show”,”Great American Artist’s Show”, “National Academy of Western Art”, “Oil Painters of America”, “Laguna Plein Air Show”, “Pastel Society of America”, “The Autry Western Masters Show”,  “The Northwest Rendezvous Show” and the annual “Plein Air Painters of America Exhibition. He has shown in some of the Finest Galleries in the country, has won numerous awards and is included in many private fine art collections. He is a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of America. California Art Club, Northwest Pastel Society, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists, Northwest Rendezvous Group, and the American Society of Marine Artists. He continues to challenge himself to grow artiscally. Ned is asked to jury Regional and National Art Shows and he loves to teach and share his many years of knowledge and experience by teaching classes and workshops, regionally, nationally and internationally.” Website:

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