Through struggles we get to know ourselves better and through knowing ourselves better we get to know the world better. We will study portraiture by painting a self-portrait. What do we see? What do we miss? How do I move forward when I don’t know what to do? Allowing the discipline of classical portraiture to bring up questions that are ubiquitous within any pursuit of self- knowledge, we will refine our ability to see. Even though this course will move beyond classical portraiture, we will rigorously be working with seeing and as our guide to capturing faces I will be using examples from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Dr. Betty Edwards. For further preparation finding a book on your favorite portrait painter could also be a source of inspiration and an example of technique.
Rachel J. Miller was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. As a child she also lived in England, Germany and Massachusetts USA. For high school she attended High Mowing Waldorf School and returned to Boston to study and graduate from the University of Massachusetts. A year after graduating with a BS in biology and honors in art, she moved to Sacramento California …