“Making a life-like impression with painting or drawing materials is an illusionist’s magic trick.”
— Richard Halstead
Portrait Painting and Drawing Classes in the Chicago Area
The only school in metro Chicago that specializes in portrait painting and drawing instruction through part-time art classes and intensive workshops.
Artist Richard Halstead has spent his entire professional career immersed in portraiture. He is a lecturer and the author of published articles on portraiture as a unique tradition and art form. He has painted commissioned portraits for public figures, universities, corporations and families in the Chicago area, New York, Toronto, and beyond. Halstead teaches portrait painting and drawing to students from a broad spectrum of abilities and interests.
For more than 30 years the Halstead School of Portrait and Figure Art in Evanston has been a training ground for artists of all levels with a wide variety of aspirations. Some students come to learn the techniques of the old masters while others seek to learn a new medium. Some are professional illustrators who want to hone their skills and understanding of the human face and anatomy. Others are novices or lapsed artists who wish to discover or rediscover their creativity under the tutelage of an excellent teacher who takes the time to provide individualized instruction to meet the student’s personal objectives. The educational environment combines teaching the skills and aesthetics of classical forms and realism with the freedom to work in a variety of styles, ranging from naturalistic realism to impressionistic treatments or even more abstract approaches.
Adult students may enroll for part-time classes during fall, winter and spring class sessions, or take a more intensive two or five day figure and portrait workshop during the summer. All classes and workshops work from live models. Guidance is also available upon request for working artistically from photographic references. Students use a variety of media including oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal and pencil.
The Halstead School of Portrait and Figure Art is located in the heart of Evanston’s downtown business district, an arts and entertainment center of the North Shore and Chicago, at 1563 Sherman Avenue and is easily accessible by public transportation. To arrange to visit the studio or take a complimentary 3-hour class, please email Richard Halstead at firstname.lastname@example.org.