Faces: A Portrait Painting Workshop

James Stanley's picture
James Everett Stanley
Week 4: June 28 to July 3
ORIENTATION: June 28, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: June 29-July 3, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Painting
Open to All

Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of MEMOIR & CREATIVE NONFICTION WEEK


Portraiture is the great abiding tradition of painting. In mastering the direct human gaze, an artist is able to distill and illuminate what might otherwise remain unarticulated: the desires, disappointments, and mysteries of the human condition. In this workshop we will work from a model as well as complete self-portraits. We’ll explore the effects of light, color, composition and mark making as we consider, in brief daily lectures, historical and contemporary portrait work of painters like Manet, Lucian Freud, Michael Borremans, Kaye Donachie and others. Some painting experience is highly beneficial, though not required.


James Everett Stanley received his MFA in painting from Columbia University. A 2002-2003 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, he is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was awarded a Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program fellowship in New York. His paintings have been shown widely, including solo and group exhibitions at Freight & Volume Gallery in New York, Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami, and Schoolhouse gallery in Provincetown.