July 15-19, 2019


As a combined figure and portrait seminar, this annual workshop has consistently appealed to artists who have a desire to improve their skills while developing a better understanding of their personal creative potential during a week-long immersion experience.

This week of strenuous study 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. Richard’s objective as Instructor is always to build on those fundamentals—to cultivate them and expand on them.

Essential details

Monday, July 15  – Friday, July 19
9:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

Tuition: $475

Class size is limited and the class may be filled prior to the June 30 deadline. To ensure your place, please register as soon as possible.

A $150 deposit is required to reserve your space. (The tuition balance of $325 is due on first of day of the workshop). Tuition and deposits are refundable until June 30. No refunds will be made after June 30.

Location of Workshop:
1316 Sherman Avenue #216, Evanston, IL 60201 Click here for Google Map

Basic workshop format:
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:

  • The use of values on the grey scale
  • Color vitality
  • Mixing of colors, especially flesh colors
  • Composition
  • Fundamental anatomy and structure
  • 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 5-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: June 30, 2019

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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Check for full fee $475 enclosed.Check for deposit of $150 enclosed. I will pay balance of $325 on July 15.

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Oils**PastelsDrawing Media