Modeling the Head in Graphite Dan Thompson

Learn to model the human head with Dan Thompson

This drawing workshop teaches form and the use of hatch marks in the portrait from life. All skill levels are welcome. Beginning with a lecture demonstration for each session, students will be guided through planar head models and their relationships to anatomical landmarks, organizational concepts of drawing and the use of layered marks to create more convincing impressions of volume. A three-day, long pose portrait will be set as a drawing exercise to support learning objectives.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 17:00
Lunch break from 13:00 to 14:00


Day 1: Effective Drawing Starts

  • Defining action as a means of depicting body language
  • Hidden perspective in the portrait
  • Proportional harmony in the head & neck without meticulous measurement
  • Structural shape: defining landmarks within optical information

Tag 2: Planar form in the Head

  • The use of large value masses to forge governing surfaces in the human head
  • The application of anatomical references for securing the landmarks
  • The material build up of graphite

Tag 3: Features and their character

  • Exploring the development of hatch mark to carve finer surfaces
  • A network of relationships between features
  • Insights into facial expression for artists


In this workshop we will use different types of graphite pencils. After your registration we will provide a materials list.
For detailed material information and to prepare for the workshop you can join Dan Thompson's Patreon.

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Instructor Dan Thompson
Level All welcome
Date 12.04.24 – 14.04.24
Price €625.00 1
Deposit €250.001


The price includes tuition, VAT and model fees. Materials, accommodation and travels are not included.

Seats are limited. Please sign up early. We need 10 participants by the end of July, to bring Dan Thompson to Germany.

The workshop is in english.

Please read the workshop conditions.
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Portrait of artist Dan Thompson

About Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Arcadia Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The John Noble Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, the National Arts Club, the United States Capitol and Beijing’s World Art Museum. His awards include the Erlebacher Award from the New York Academy of Art, two Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Awards for Excellence in Painting from the Corcoran School of Art, and two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants. Thompson has served as Dean of Fine Arts of Studio Incamminati and is Faculty Chair of the Certificate of Fine Arts department of the New York Academy of Art. He has taught workshops and masterclasses for 25 years.

Instagram @danthompsonart

General Workshop Conditions

  • The workshop will only take place with sufficient bookings.
  • The earlier you register, the better we can plan.
  • The deposit is only due with sufficient bookings. You will receive a message.
  • You confirm your seat by full payment or a deposit payment. The deposit is non-refundable.
  • Bookings made less than 8 weeks before the workshop date must be paid in full.
  • The price must be paid in full no later than 8 weeks prior to the workshop. Otherwise the booking will be forfeited.
  • Cancellations made less than 8 weeks prior to the workshop must pay the full price.
  • If the workshop is cancelled by our side, you will get 100 % of your payments reimbursed. Including the deposit.
  • As soon as there are enough registrations or in case of a cancellation, you will get a message.

If you have any questions leave us a message.

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