#3. Drawing The Portrait From Life



Shana Levenson









9AM – 4PM daily

Mary Hull

$ 650

All levels


Monday – Friday May 7 – 11, 2018

Hull Art Academy

1404 W. Hebron Parkway #100,

Carrollton, Texas 75010


The focus of this course will be on life drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. We will explore charcoal on toned paper with one pose for the duration so that we can patiently observe and record our findings. All observation will be cumulative and used towards finishing the final work. Instruction will include discussion of practical technical information on the use of charcoal and white chalk, the properties of light on form and how the topography/depth of the face’s form can be visualized and represented. Most importantly, students will learn to transcend the materials so that their full concentration is placed on expressing the model’s presence and emotion.


About Shana Levenson

“In portraying the individuality of children, Shana Levenson conveys both the frailty and resilience of humankind.” The Artist’s Magazine


“Non-traditional portraits painted in traditional ways are my greatest passion.  I paint people in my life that I'm trying to make a connection with, telling a story that's personal and individual to each piece.  Each piece seeks to go beyond realism and capture the essence of the subject. With each painting, my goal is to create as much honesty about that individual, allowing to capture the spirit of the person I’m painting.


I completed my master's from the Academy of Art University in May 2016 and am currently teaching adult classes at the New Mexico Art League as well as kids classes in my studio.” Shana Levenson





Strathmore toned Gray paper---large pad (18x24)

Grey Drawing Paper – Canford 20.5 X 30.5 Gun Metal Grey

Pan Pastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastel, Black

Sofft Knife with 5 Covers, Pointed, No.4

2H Extra Hard Charcoal Pencils, Box of 12

2B Medium Charcoal Pencils Box Of 12

White Charcoal Pencils – Box of 12

Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick (SN64801)

Pencil Lengthener, Regular Beechwood. Finetec

Blending Stumps And Tortillions Set

Pencil sharpener—I’ll bring some to sell that are really fantastic as an option

Masonite board—at least 18x24 in sizeBlue painters tape

Vine charcoal


Soft painting brush for blending such as:

--Rosemary & co eclipse long filbert size 12

--any other long soft filbert brush between sizes 2 and 12

having multiple sizes might be helpful but not necessary


The students can also buy David Kassan’s signature Drawing set which has almost all of the supplies inside the kit.  The website for that is




easels and art horses are provided but may what to bring own travel easel.




FALL Semester II:  NOV 4 - Dec 21, 2019

Winter Semester:  Jan 6 - Feb 22, 2020

Spring I:   Feb. 24 - April 18, 2020

Spring II:   April 20 - June 6, 2020

Summer:   June 8 - Aug. 1, 2020

Fall I:    Aug. 3 - Sept. 19, 2020

Fall II:   Sept. 21 - Nov 7, 2020

Mini Winter session: Nov 9 - Dec. 19, 2020

off site


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1404 W. Hebron Parkway #100, Carrollton, Texas 75010