Monday July 8 – Friday July 12

9am – 4pm daily

A five-day immersive workshop

Registration deadline is June 8

Workshop General Objectives and Framework

As a combined figure and portrait seminar, this 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.

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.  There is a 1-hour lunch break.  There are five restaurants within two blocks. 

Topics 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: oil paint* or pastels 

*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
Tuition: $495
Class size is limited and the class size may be filled prior to the June 8 deadline.  To ensure your place please register as soon as possible.  You may reserve your place with a $150 deposit or pay the full tuition of $495.  Balance payments must be made by June 30.  No refunds will be made after that date. 


You may pay by check payable to Richard Halstead and sent to mailing address: 3320 Culver St, Evanston IL 60201.  You may also pay by Zelle: Please contact [email protected] for instructions. 

For More Information

Contact Richard Halstead at [email protected] or by phone (224) 629-7203.  (You can fill out the form below online, but must print out to submit by mail with your check).


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     **All thinners and varnishes, except Turpenoid, are prohibited in the classroom.