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This course will teach students about the history behind the self portrait and how to use the basics of drawing to construct the head.
Students will use Zoom for face to face instruction. While this course will be offered online, the structure of this course will not change.



Charcoal pencils (“General” brand recommended)

Charcoal sticks

Hand mirror

9×12 sketchbook


August 11Introduction to the course

History and variations of portraiture

Contour line drawings

August 18

Discussion of the head

Location of where things get placed on head

Spatial head drawings

August 25

How to use your materials further

Making a portrait using an eraser

September 1

Abstracting the traditional portrait

Making an abstract portrait

September 8

The importance of shading

Charcoal Drawings

September 15

Class Review

Self Portrait of your choice, share/compare


Hobgood Thomas – Tuesdays, Aug 11th – Sept 15th, 7pm-8:30pm (TACOL)


About the instructor:

Emily Hobgood Thomas is an artist from Morehead City, North Carolina. Emily makes photographs with varying degrees of manipulation that investigate the socioeconomic impact of tourism. At this time, Emily’s work focuses on the Outer Banks region of North Carolina.

Emily graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2018 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a Concentration in Painting. In 2020, Emily earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.


All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!