Contact Kathryn Engberg for workshop inquiries.




Portrait Sketch: Weathersfield Academy, CT

Each week we will have a different model for the duration of 3 hours. The goal is to be able to quickly and accurately capture the likeness and forms of the model in your preferred medium. Participants are encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials including graphite and white chalk on toned paper, colored pencil on toned paper, pastel, monochromatic painting, limited palette and or full palette.

Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14  1-4pm  6-weeks



Tuesday/Thursday Evenings: Long Pose Portrait Drawing & Painting with Kathryn Engberg and Anthony Baus

Participants will draw and paint the portrait from a single pose lasting several weeks. The first several sessions of each pose will consist of drawing on paper to establish an accurate likeness, proportions, and structure in a linear mode. When the drawing is complete it will be transferred to linen for painting*. The following weeks will proceed in a rational way, applying paint incrementally through an understanding of the effect of light on form. This procedure will include lengthy discussions on the physical events that cause particular hue, value and chroma properties. Beginning to advanced artists are welcome. 

It is recommended that artists have drawn and/or painted in the Cast Hall before taking Portrait. 

*If artists have little experience painting or prefer to remain in a drawing mode they can opt to render fully in graphite on paper.

Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm


Long Pose Figure Painting  

In this 12 week class, artists will create a figure painting in the 19th Century academic tradition. The first several weeks will be dedicated to creating a highly accurate and descriptive line drawing to be transferred to the canvas. Following that, the class will transfer the drawing and complete a small color study to refer to throughout the rest of the painting. The rest of the sessions will be spent creating the illusion of form and flesh with a limited palette. Elements of form, light, color, and paint application will be discussed in detail throughout the weeks. Open to students of all levels. Artists interested in spending the 12 weeks drawing are also welcome to participate.

Wednesdays, Starting Jan. 10, 2018, 5-8pm  12-weeks




This 4 day, 5 night workshop is for beginners to advanced artists who would like to learn the techniques for rendering a realistic portrait in pencil. Participants will draw the portrait from a single pose lasting a total of 24 hours over 4 days. Demonstrations and discussions on establishing an accurate value range, anatomy, perspective, and materials will accompany individual critiques. The workshop is structured so that you will work for 3 hours with the model in the morning, followed by lunch, then another 3 hours with the model in the afternoon. Participants can expect to leave with a strong understanding of the tools needed for accurate drawing, as well as how to create three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional surface.

September 3 - September 8, 2017




This 4 day, 5 night workshop is intended for beginners to intermediate artists who would like to learn or strengthen the foundational skills for rendering the figure in graphite pencil. Through both demonstrations and one-on-one critiques, you will learn about anatomy, gesture, comparative measurement, shape matching, and using a plumb line. You will then learn to render the form of the figure with the classic Grand Central Atelier technique that focuses on conceptualising each form three-dimensionally in relation to light. Together with Kathryn, you will work through each step of a figure drawing, striving for accuracy and nuance. You will come away with a strong understanding of the tools and techniques needed to create a highly-realised and beautifully articulated figure drawing. 

September 10 - September 15, 2017



Students will draw the figure from life from a single pose lasting six weeks. The first several sessions will be spent developing a block in, depicting all the essential information needed to render the figure. Comparative measurement, shape finding, plumb lines, and anatomy will be used to achieve an accurate representation of the figure. After the block-in is satisfactory, the students will begin rendering each form using the “finish as you go” approach. This means that each area is given a sufficient amount of time and attention to finish it to completion before moving onto the next area. Knowledge of anatomy, form, and light will be used to achieve a highly detailed and informed academic figure drawing. Kathryn will do a brief demonstration at the beginning of class as well as come around to each student to give individual critiques throughout the session. Beginning to advanced students are welcome. 

Wednesdays 1-4 (Portrait), 5-8 (Figure and Cast), Next Session begins October 4th