ONSITE: Drawing Realistic Portraits from Photographs (this class is only offered a few times a year)
This course will teach techniques for drawing life-like human portraits in charcoal. The rich blacks and subtle nuances achieved with charcoal on paper create pieces with beautiful depth and striking contrast. While you will have the freedom to interpret your image however you wish, instruction will be geared toward realism and the process of accurately depicting the subject of your reference.
- This class involves a lot of fine motor skill work, so please let the instructor know if you have any concerns or special needs in this area. This class can be messy, so please wear appropriate clothing or bring an apron to protect your clothes.
Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit visarts.org for more information.
About the Instructor
Hailee Manipole is an artist living and working in the Richmond area, known for her realistic charcoal portraiture. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 with a BFA in Communication Arts and a minor in Craft and Materials Studies.
After graduating, Hailee spent the summer in Washington, Maine, teaching drawing and metalsmithing classes at a youth summer camp for the arts, where she realized her love for teaching. Hailee held a graphic design position in an office for a short while after that; it didn't take long for her to realize that the 9:00-5:00 life wasn't for her! In early 2018, she left her office job and started working as a free-lance artist. This initially meant taking on a lot of logo and graphic design jobs, but Hailee's realistic charcoal portraits quickly gained popularity and became the bread and butter of her practice, now known as HM Portraits.
While she's most experienced in drawing and jewelry fabrication, Hailee has dipped her toes into just about everything, from needle felting and photography to concept design and animation. She loves clean lines, dirty hands, and beautiful typography, and never passes up the chance to learn something new.
You can see Hailee's work in portraiture at www.hmanipole.com or on Instagram at @hmportraits.