July 16-20, 2018

As a combined figure and portrait seminar, this annual workshop has always appealed to artists who have a desire to improve their skills while developing a better understanding of their personal creative potential.

This week of rigorous study, which returns this summer for the 33rd year, promises to awaken the senses and renew your love for the human image.

Each student’s personal style and previously developed methods are respected in these workshops. My purpose is always to build on those—to cultivate them and expand on them. 

Essential details

Monday, July 16  – Friday, July 20
9:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

$475 (A non-refundable $150 deposit is required; balance due on first day of the workshop). Please scroll down for the printable sign-up form.

Location of Workshop:
1316 Sherman Avenue #216, Evanston, IL 60201

Basic format to the classes:
A model will be in one pose throughout the 5 day period.  Students may devote the entire five days to one drawing or painting or exchange positions with other students to do two or more works during the same period.  There will be an occasional session of short studies to better understand structure, balance and rhythm.  There will be several brief lectures, the longest lasting no more than 30 minutes.  There may  be demonstrations, depending on the needs that arise.

Topics that will be addressed:

1. The use of values on the grey scale

2. Color vitality

3. Mixing of colors, especially flesh colors

4. Composition

5. Fundamental anatomy and structure

6. Manipulation of edges

Media taught:
Drawing materials: charcoal, pastel, graphite
Painting materials: Oils, pastels and acrylics

*Due to the prevalence of chemical sensitivities and the enclosed nature of the classroom all thinners and varnishes except for Turpenoid are prohibited.

A moderate amount of experience
An abiding interest in the human form
A desire to learn

Schedule: This five-day workshop will run from 9 am–4 pm with an hour break at noon for lunch.

Registration: Students are accepted on a first-come, first-admitted basis, by mail or in person.

Deadline: Enrollment ends when the workshop is full. 

For more information or to request a hard copy of the registration form: Contact Richard Halstead at richard@halsteadportraits.com or 847-869-6560.


If you’re coming from out of town, Evanston is a lovely, lively place to visit. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Chicago, Evanston offers lakefront walking and bicycling paths, picnic areas, and frequent summer festivals. It also possesses a vibrant downtown, offering a multitude of shops, galleries, cafés, restaurants, and live entertainment. As the home of Northwestern University, it is used to accommodating visitors in a wide range of comfortable places—from bed-and-breakfasts to mid-range and upscale hotels. Literally adjacent to Chicago, Evanston offers easy access to Chicago attractions as well. More specific information on accommodations is available from the school upon request or by visiting http://www.evchamber.com/community.

Summer Registration Form This form does NOT send data to the school. Please fill out, print, and mail with your payment to:

Richard Halstead 3320 Culver Street Evanston, IL 60201-1114

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Please register me for the following:

 Portrait or Figure Hands Lighting

I need a supply list for:

 Oils** Pastels Drawing Media