Portrait Drawing/Painting

Mary Klunk

Monday, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

1/8/2018- 1/29/2018

2/5/2018- 3/5/2018 (no class Feb 26)

3/12/2018- 4/2/2018

4 weeks: $85 members/$106 non-members

Class in Portraiture. Overcome your “fear of faces.” Work with a live model, receive individual help from an instructor experienced in the use of various mediums. Learn to create an accurate representation of a portrait model.

Discover the joy of Portrait Painting. Classes held one day a week, 2 1/2 hours each class for 4 weeks, total of 10 hours each portrait session. Three sessions offered: January, February, and March. Live model provided for each 4 week session. Work with an instructor experienced in painting portraits in various mediums. Instruction will consist of (1) demonstrations of portrait drawing in various mediums; oil, pastel, graphite, etc; (2) history of portrait and backgrounds used in portrait painting; (3) lighting techniques for portraits; (4) importance of use of value to render 3 dimensional form; and (5) individual, hands-on, lessons in application of paint. Instructor will work with students individually each week. Class limited to 8 students.

STUDENT LEVEL: Beginners welcome as well as experienced artists.

STUDENT SUPPLY LIST:  Students responsible for materials appropriate for the medium they are working in.  Students will pay a $20 model fee at first class; fee collected by instructor.


Palette – toned (grey or tan) easier to judge values on a toned palette, can be wood, glass, paper, whatever you choose.

Brushes – don’t skimp on these, probably an artist’s most important tool, buy best you can afford.  Suggested #2, 4, and 6 filbert bristle brushes (at least one of each) ; #2, and 4 kolinsky sables and one small #2 round sable.  One soft fan brush recommended for blending.

Paint colors – white, cadmium yellow light and medium; cadmium red light, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw sienna, alizarin crimson, raw and burnt umbers, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue.  Optional colors – ivory black, chromium oxide green, cadmium red medium.

Painters may want to use a medium with their paints, it will ease application and speed drying time.  Several good ones: Winsor & Newton’s Liquin Original, and Gamblin’s Neo Megilp among others for oil.  For acrylic you can buy a Retarder to slow drying time.

Canvas – Preprimed and stretched, approximate size 11 x 14, 9 x 12, 14 x 17, 16 x 20.  Primed panels also good.

Table or standing easel (some available to borrow at Big Arts) paper towels to clean up

Any questions, feel free to contact me, Mary H. Klunk, 443-567-9200, email: maryhklunk@gmail.com.


Graphite pencils recommended, #2B, 4B, 6B, HB, 2H, 4H, 6H, and kneaded eraser.

Paper at least 80 lb weight


Instructor is an accomplished portrait artist with a Masters Degree in Education from Loyola University, a BS Degree from Towson University majoring in Art, study at the Maryland Institute of Art, and two years study at the Mitchell School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland.  Instructor has 20 years experience teaching Painting and Drawing at college level and has worked as an Art Therapist with diverse populations.  Artist website available at maryhklunk.com.