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Fear Not Portrait & Figure Drawing with Jackie Reeves

For those who want to get over their intimidation around drawing humans, jump in!

This class is designed to make portrait and figure drawing fun and expressive in a supportive environment. We will spend significant time on gesture drawings using quick poses in order to loosen up and get acquainted with various charcoals and erasers. These short studies are also useful for understanding how the body moves and what drawing techniques to use that capture motion and energy.

Longer poses will also be set up to work on proportion, perspective, shading and composition.

Demonstrations on the use of ink and collage will be provided further into the class. Participants who are ready can explore these expressive techniques or continue their practice with drawing the full figure and portrait.

Materials list:

  • 18x24" drawing pad
  • A wide variety of charcoals including vine, compressed and a charcoal pencil (the more you have to experiment with - the better)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Chamois

Drawing boards, newsprint and easels are provided.


Canadian-born, Cape Cod-based artist Jackie Reeves uses mixed media to bring together figurative and abstract elements in her art. She was raised in Montreal by architect parents and studied design art at Concordia University. Her artistic career began as a professional mural painter for corporate, private and public spaces. Concurrently, Reeves co-founded the Plymouth Community Art Center. In 2010 she earned her MFA in painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has since exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Cape Cod, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. She has been profiled in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, Art New England, and Artscope Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod's Fellowship award for Visual Arts and was selected by them to paint the 32nd annual Boston Pops by the Sea commemorative painting in 2017.
A resident of the United States since 1995, Reeves currently lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Represented by
On Center Gallery, Provincetown, MA.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.