This course goes beyond helping students create a likeness of their subject. It focuses on also developing their ability to understand and convey their vision of the subject. Students master techniques to depict character and atmosphere, capturing subjects' timelessness and visually compelling essence. Students will be guided through exploring traditional and innovative approaches to portraitures with oil or acrylic paint (at student's preference). The instructor will work with each student individually in a hands-on stepby-step fashion making sure that everyone is working comfortably at their own pace. The course will also build students' fundamental skills in composition, drawing, color and value.