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Portrait Drawing and Painting

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Key Information:
Class Size: 6 - 10 people
Destination: Connecticut  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Drawing, Painting  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: 1
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 245 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 245 US Dollar (USD) per person

This is an intensive, hands-on drawing and painting program on how to develop a portrait. We will concentrate on the basic structure of developing the human head, drawing principles that will help attain the likeness of the person, color theory and color mixing of flesh colors. We will be drawing and painting from life. Sam D'Ambruoso will be painting with the class as well as completing a number of short demos to highlight certain points in the construction of the portrait. There will also be extensive one-on-one instruction for each participant during the entire 10 week program. This program is designed for beginners to advanced.

- Class starts on Mondays, December 3, lasts 8 weeks, (from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) OPEN ENROLLMENT; enroll anytime!
- Class size: limited to 8 people per class
- Instruction: beginners to advanced
- Mediums: oil, pastels, graphite or charcoal.

Faculty Information:
"I'm continually searching for the play of dark against lights, expressed in vivid colors all in a painterly style. From floral to figures, the light becomes the drama, the feeling, the truth, which moves the viewer."

Sam D'Ambruoso of Middlebury, CT has been professionally painting landscapes and portraits since 1972. With over ten years experience in teaching workshops and art instruction in the United States and in Italy, his artists' workshops in Tuscany, Amalfi, as well as Old Lyme, CT and Cape Cod, MA have been widely acclaimed by past participants. A graduate of Providence College, he studied with the internationally renowned landscape painter, Thomas Beuchner of Elmira, New York; advanced landscape painting with Skip Whitcomb of Fort Collins, Colorado; portraiture at the Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT with Joseph Funaro as well as figure and portrait painting since the late 1980s with Dan Gheno at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art. In the fall of 2006, he studied advanced portraiture with Peter Cox at the Art Students League, NYC. In 2007 he continued in portraiture with noted artist, Laura Stern Boeck of Katonah, NY.

He is a member of Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and Plein Air Painters of America. With respect to portrait and figure painting, he is a member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, an Elected Artist at the Kent Art Association, an associate member of the American Watercolor Society, Washington Art Association, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. He has been in regional as well as national landscape and figure shows. Current projects include original paintings of the New England, Tuscany, Amalfi, and Capri Italy as well as selected portrait commissions. He was elected a landscape-painting instructor at the 2004 Arts and Materials Show, sponsored by American Artist Magazine, in Pasadena, CA. Many of his paintings are in public and private collections worldwide.

Other Activities:
- One-on one painting and drawing instruction
- Demos in oils
- Individual critiques.

Facility Information:
The important aspect of this art instruction is that all classes are small in number which ensures that the artist will receive plenty of individual attention. Special lighting will be developed for the model.

- 245 USD includes model fees.

- All travel and living expenses are the responsibility of the artist
- - No more than 9 artists in the class
- Paint in oils or pastels; as well as drawing in graphite or charcoal
- All daily demos in oils and/or pastels.