Development of the Portrait in Black and White
Euclid Art Association
October 28, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Euclid Art Association held a
"Development of the Portrait in Black and White" workshop by
local, award winning artist and member, Dottie Geisert.
It may have been a rainy and dreary Saturday and everyone came
bundled up, but once inside the Gallery (on the 2nd floor of the
Euclid History Museum), things warmed up quickly. There
was lots of coffee and tea flowing. Brownies, pumpkin roll
and veggies with dip kept the 17 participating artists fueled
Dottie opened the workshop with an hour of instruction, going
over her procedure for developing a portrait.
students watched as she demonstrated, by drawing, Kristin, her
"live" model. Throughout, Dottie gave students several
things to think about, and tips on how to approach the drawing
of a "live" model. The mantra for the day became,
"wherever there is a quick change in surface, there is a light".
Another tip from Dottie - "look for shapes in the face, not
actual features." After Dottie had explained the several
types of charcoal and when to use them, it was time for her
students to start drawing!
Initially the model posed for 20 minutes while everyone did
their best to draw her. Some students even took photos of
the model with their phones and iPads in order to help with
drawing the details. Dottie walked around to each student
to give them the personal attention they needed to improve their
In the afternoon, Dottie provided additional instructions
concerning values, where the light source is coming from, and
how it will affect the portrait. She used her pastel
drawing of an old woman to make several important points.
There were many 20 and 40-minute poses throughout the day,
giving the artists opportunities to draw the model from various
poses. It was amazing how still Kristin sat for each pose.
As the day progressed, student confidence grew and the drawings
reflected it. Dottie was thrilled with their progress.
The students enjoyed the workshop so much that they asked Dottie
how soon she would have another one!