Drawing/Painting the Portrait with Juan

Drawing the Portrait for Beginners- 

Section I or Section II


Instructor: Juan Cantavella

 Class Description

 This class is designed for students looking to learn how to draw and paint human Portraits.

The Course will start with the fundamentals of drawing, providing the student with principles to learn “to see” and how to translate what you see in a two dimensional representation.

Starting with understanding how the human brain processes information and changing old habits of seeing will give the student the foundation to begin seeing “the artist’s way” and open the road for  good drawing skills.

The class is limited to four students per section in order to give each one personal attention and guidance.

The course will last ten weeks, one session per week, and each class is based on the prior class knowledge, so attendance is required, demos and assignments will be given and practice between classes is highly recommended.

   Course Summary

First Class: Drawing on the right side of the brain.

Second Class:    Shapes and lines. Positive and negative space.

Third Class:       Measuring. Relative units of measurement. Angles and Alignments. Proportional Caliper.

 Fourth Class:     Three-Dimentionality. Seeing Light – Drawing Shade.DEMO.

 Fifth Class:        Fitting all together. Drawing the Portrait. Front view from photo reference. DEMO.

 Sixth Class:       Drawing the Portrait; Three quarter view from photo reference.DEMO.

Seventh Class:  Drawing the Portrait.Profile view from photo reference. DEMO.

Eighth Class:    Drawing the Portrait. Front view from live model. DEMO.

Ninth Class:     Drawing the Portrait. Three quarter view from live model. DEMO.

Tenth Class:     Drawing the Portrait ;Profile view from live model.DEMO.



9 x 12 Sketch pad.

Drawing pencils HB, 2B.

Hand held sharpener tool.

Kneaded eraser.

Canvas Pad 11 x 14

Filbert Bristle Brushes #4 and #6.

Oil paint, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber or Vandyke Brown.

Palette, oil medium, odorless mineral spirits.

Paper towels.

Easels will be provided.



Juan Cantavella’s  studio.

28515 Champions Ridge Rd. Magnolia TX 77354


 Section I    Wednesdays 2:30pm to 5:00pm,

February    8th, 15th, 22nd  .

March      1st, 8th. 15th, 22nd, 29th

April 5th, 12th

Section II   Wednesdays 6:00pm to 8;30pm,

February    8th, 15th, 22nd  .

March      1st, 8th. 15th, 22nd, 29th

April 5th, 12th

 Each section is for only four (4) students and it will be filled up at the first come first serve basis 

 Class fee of $465.00 for 10 sessions will include modeling fees. Supplies extra. 

For more information and registration contact:Juan Cantavella  707-372-8301  or  juancantavella@yahoo.com 


WAL offers a great variety of classes in various mediums for both children and adults.  WAL' s mission is to provide the community with professional but affordable art education to help provide students the opportunity to explore their passion for the arts, improve their natural talent, and create modes for expression.

Registration Forms


Adult Classes          

Mail in Registration:
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Make checks payable to WAL or Woodlands Art League Include CLASS TITLE/STUDENT NAME on the memo line of your check.

Mail to:

Woodlands Art League
PO Box 7234
The Woodlands, TX  77387

WAL welcomes your comments and suggestions!   We are also always looking for artists that are interested in sharing their techniques and skills with others. If you are interested in teaching at WAL or have comments, questions, or suggestions please contact:

Class Director: Lauren Combs lp313combs54@hotmail.com

ART is what we do. Come join us!

"The Woodlands Art League" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Texas , P.O. Box 7234, The Woodlands, Tx.  77387

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