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*The mentorship runs for 14 sessions. SmArt School teachers sometimes have to travel for professional reasons. If they must miss a class they will notify all students with as much lead time as possible and add a session to the end of the calendar. Some weeks off are also scheduled into the calendar, see the 'Courses' main page for details. 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 a special industry guest Doug Alexander Gregory, Illustrator, Director, and Art Director will visit the class and look at student work.
After taking this class students will also receive the option of a free profile on the Alumni Portfolios page. Visit the Alumni Portfolios page and type a teacher's name into the search bar to see some of the artists who studied with that teacher.
About Greg Manchess
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.
What students are saying about studying with Greg
"Taking Greg's class was the best decision I made last year, hands down. Not only did I make friends with a whole group of artists (we still meet regularly and chat, and there's always support if anyone needs it), but I found that Greg just understands so well how to meet everyone where they need it. His feedback feels very individually and personally catered to each student, and helps you to grow where you want to grow. I truly can't recommend his class enough." Veronika Lampion @veronikalampion
"...Greg was so easy to talk to and a great instructor, there were times we were able to talk about art theory and why things are done, and times we were able to talk about technique, and other times we talked about life, it was one of the most well rounded experiences I have had as a student in any facet, and I will miss this immensely. Not only was Greg great but our classes were great as well. The students were eager to learn, it was a very open experience, and where at the beginning I think everyone was a little nervous, by the end we all laughed and joked around but were still very serious about our work and growth." Ryan Pearse @ryanpearseart