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In this 3-Day workshop, Karen will demonstrate her process of drawing a portrait from life. She will explain and give strategies for design, proportion, massing shapes, rendering form, and creating sensitive edges. Her process is essentially the search for an accurate block in through gesture, massing in darks, and wiping out lights. Once an accurate head is in place, she refines forms, subtleties, and overall design.

Students will complete one to two drawings, depending on skill level and refinement.

All levels are welcome. Bring your materials; a list will be provided.

Members $460 | Non-members $480

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Karen B. Wilharm is a classical Portrait Painter based in Savannah, GA. She works in pastel, oil, charcoal, and graphite. Her absolute favorite challenge is capturing the likeness and spirit of an individual person. With a strong appreciation for the human form, Karen’s career began in Medical Illustration. Upon graduating with a Master’s Degree in 2003, she began a freelance business in Medical Illustration and painted portrait commissions in her free time. Karen spent 9 years as a part-time Drawing Professor in the Foundations Department at Savannah College of Art and Design and taught several workshops at the Jepson Center of the Arts and the Studio School Savannah. As her interest in the portrait grew, she traveled around the country to paint under the instruction of Master Artists such as Robert Liberace, Max Ginsberg, Stephen Early, Kerry Dunn, Tom Nash, Margaret Dyer, Joseph Todorovich, Jeff Hein, and Adam Clague. Karen has been a member of the Portrait Society of America and Oil Painters of America, including her works in juried shows and granted her awards in nationwide competitions.

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