*SmArt School teachers sometimes have to travel for professional reasons. If they must miss a class they will notify all students during class time and add a session to the end of the calendar. All Classes meet live and are not recorded due to proprietary content. Teaching will not happen via email, only during class time.
Portrait as story
This is more than just an academic class on how to paint a portrait. Legendary painter and illustrator Greg Manchess will guide students through the process of not only how to create a likeness but also how to bring that likeness into a painting that has character and can tell a greater story. Whether you want to paint traditional portraits, narrative paintings, or focus on faces within illustrations, Greg will help you bring your visions to the next level. Students will sharpen their understanding of the fundamental issues of portraiture: capturing a likeness, understanding structure, light and color. The class will also cover how composition, expression, body language, and narrative moment must all be brought together in order to create an evocative artwork. Greg works in oil, watercolor, and acrylic as well as pencil and charcoal. Students may also work digitally.
Towards the end of the semester Eric Skillman, art director at the Criterion Collection, will review student work.
During Greg's forty year long illustration career his artwork has graced movies, book covers, magazines, advertising campaigns, and the walls of galleries and museums. His illustration clients include: National Geographic, Time, Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, and the U.S. Postal service. He exhibits regularly at the Society of Illustrators and has earned their highest honor, the Hamilton King Award. He also has regular solo shows at Galerie Daniel Maghen in Paris. Greg’s paintings featured prominently in the Coen Brother’s 2018 movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. In 2017 Greg's book Above the Timberline was published by Simon & Schuster. For this work Greg created 124 oil paintings, thirty of which were then organized into a solo exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum.Greg’s work is included in Walter Reed’s definitive history of illustration The Illustrator in America 1860-2000.