Figures and Faces 1: Portrait Class for Ages 6-Adult (Session Complete)


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Students will draw with graphite and charcoal, using mirrors, photographs, themselves, and each other for references. We’ll learn to master the following:

  • Proportions of the human figure
  • Proportions of the human face
  • Drawing figures in action
  • Drawing faces with expression

Where: Spirit Made Steel Martial Arts

When: Mon-Fri, Jun 12-16, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (15 hours total)

Supplies: Included in class fee.

Art Instructor: Noel Newquist (Mr. New)

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 26 (Late registrations add $25)

Class Size: Five to twenty students. If the minimum of 5 is not reached by the registration deadline, Newquii Studios may choose to cancel this course and refund registration fees. For more information, please see our Terms of Service.

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Figures and Faces 1: Portrait Class in Black and White

Welcome to the Figures and Faces 1 – Portrait Class; it’s wonderful to see your smiling face today! Come learn something new, with Mr. New.

Anyone can learn how to draw. There are no prerequisites for this course, except for the age requirement (6-adult). Although it is not required, we do recommend that students in this class have some previous understanding of basic drawing skills. Students who enroll in our Beginner Drawing Studio will be more than adequately prepared for this course. Regardless of experience level, anyone who has a desire to learn is welcome to join this beginner level course. There’s something for everyone to learn!


Spirit Made Steel Martial Arts
1604 Slaughter Rd.
Madison, AL 35758


Five day course, 3 hours per day. Total 15 hours.
Monday – Friday, June 12-16
1:00pm – 4:00pm


Newquii Studios will provide all of the necessary supplies, to include pencil sets, charcoal sets, and sketchbooks for each student to use during class. Students will get to keep these supplies when the course is complete. As references, students in this portrait class will use mirrors, photographs, themselves, and each other.

If you wish, you may also choose to bring your own supplies in addition to those provided.

Learning Targets

In the Figures and Faces 1 course,we’re going to take an in-depth look at people. We’ll learn the proportions of the human figure and the human face. We will also look at how those proportions change with age and gender. Working from photos and from real life observation, students in this course will learn how to draw people the way that they really look, instead of how we think they should look. From spotting details in skin texture to understanding how gravity makes clothes hang on the body, learning to see is the first step in learning to draw.

Come learn how light interacts with the world around us to make highlights and shadows, how the human eye perceives that light, how to measure proportions and angles (uh-oh, there goes Mr. New using math words again!), and how to change facial features to emphasize emotions or character traits.  In the process, students will boost their vocabulary with words like: portrait, value, scale, proportion, construction, geometric shapes, organic shapes, and so much more!

If any of this sounds too complicated, trust that Mr. New will be with you every step of the way. And trust that drawing is a skill that anyone can learn. By the time you complete this class, you’ll be proficient in drawing black-and-white portraits, and you’ll be fully prepared for the following courses:

Art Instructor

The Figures and Faces 1 Portrait Class will be taught by local elementary school art teacher: Noel Newquist, known as Mr. New by students across Madison. As an art teacher for Madison City’s elementary schools, Mr. New has 9 years of experience working with every level of art student, from beginners to national award-winners. To enjoy free lessons from Mr. New, check out Mr. New’s Art Class on YouTube. To see some of Mr. New’s artwork, check out the Original Artwork section of our shop.


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