Learn How to Draw Faces!

Course 2020: Drawing Faces and Portraits

In this enjoyable class, open to everyone, students will learn how to draw realistic, recognizable faces and portraits using an easy step-by-step method.

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • 3 meetings, Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm
  • Dates: 07/14,07/21,07/28
  • Location: UW campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $99 for general public (+ $10 reg fee)
  • Tuition: $95 for UW students (+ $5 reg fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. 

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We’ll start out by sketching in the shape of the face, learn about the proportions, then add the features. You’ll learn how to draw male and female faces… front views, side views and other angles… how to draw the eyes, ears, nose and mouth… all about facial expressions… how to draw hair… and how to get a good resemblance to your subject when you’re drawing from life or photos.   Instructor: Nils Osmar


The method taught in this class is fun, easy, and really works.  Total beginners are welcome! 

Materials: Please bring a drawing or sketching pad and a couple of soft lead pencils.  The pad can be any size; most students find that a 9 x 12 or 14 x 17″ pad works well. For pencils, bring a couple of soft lead pencils (HB and 4B pencils are recommended). You may also want to bring some soft charcoal.  A kneaded eraser is also recommended.  Printed handouts to use as reference materials are provided by the instructor at no charge.

About the instructor

Seattle artist Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, and has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College, Antioch University’s Heritage Institute, Shoreline Community College, the Wonder School, and Classesandworkshops.com. He has worked as a fine and commercial artist, and done book and magazine illustration, design, book covers and interior illustrations. His artwork has been internationally published.

About the school

This class is sponsored by the ASUW Experimental College and Classesandworkshops.com. It’s open to everyone; you don’t have to be a U.W. student to sign up. (If an enrollee is under 18, please contact us first to make sure the class is a good “fit” for the student)

Student comments

(I liked) the instructor’s ability to simplify the important concepts necessary to draw the human figure including foreshortening. (comment submitted online)

Instructors attitude toward students, their objectives and their out put was positive and affirming….encouraging and accepting (comment submitted online)

At LAST I understand about proportions!!!!! Thank you for explaining the difference between the three types. And it was nice having all the materials provided. – S.L., Seattle

What I liked: the handouts, the lectures, the step by step stuff, the instructor’s knowledge and organized approach. Disliked: no latte stand in the building! Okay, okay, I’ll bring my own next time :) –O.E., Bellevue

Thank you so much for the class. I was one of those people who had never drawn before. Your method is great, it makes everything fast and easy. – Shelly H., Seattle

Nils is well organized and presents the information step by step so that everyone can keep up. There was a good balance between the parts where he was showing us how to do things, and the drawing periods when we could practice it. – S.B., Seattle

I loved it, it was really fun. – K.A., Seattle

Sponsored by: Classesandworkshops.com and the UW’s ASUW Experimental College
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