FACIAL EXPRESSION Workshop
DAY 1 | Facial Expression Overview: Structure of the skull/ Finding the skull under the face / Features at rest
DAY 2 | Muscles of Expression: The forehead/ The Muscles of Expression/ The eyes
DAY 3 | Muscles of Expression: The Mouth/ Putting the elements together/ Six Emotion Categories
DAY 4 | Drawing Emotional Expressions: Front & Profile Views/ Creating your Expression Notebook/ Using Self as Model/ Intensity Controls - What they are, and how to use them in depiction
DAY 5 | Putting It All Together: All-Day Posing Session with Professional Model/ Final Critique/ Summary/ Identifying Targets for Further Study
Week-Long Expression Workshop - 5 days
This one-week workshop offers artists - both professional and student - the opportunity to intensively study the expressive mechanics of the human face with master instructor, Gary Faigin.
A completely hands-on structure maximizes the learning experience. Each artist works at their own station, where they are provided with a drawing materials, a plastic skull, modeling clay, and a mirror set up next to an easel. The week begins with an introduction to the structures that underlay facial expressions, and a drawing of the participant's own face with the skull drawn in relation underneath.
Next, workshop participants model in clay the key facial muscles which together create the various expressions, placing the muscles one at a time on their plastic skull and then drawing the muscles in action on their own face, using the provided mirrors to produce both front and side views.
Finally, workshop participants learn the six key categories of emotion and how to pose and draw them, first on their own face, and then on the face of a specially-trained model. The workshop instructor also introduces artists to cartoons, master paintings, and other artistic depictions of the face in action.
By week's end, workshop participants are well on their way to a mastery of this fascinating and challenging subject, taking home their expression notebook as well as their completed clay-model muscular skull.
LEARN MORE ABOUT STUDYING
FACIAL EXPRESSION WITH FAIGIN:
> Facial Expression Lecture
> Facial Expression Demonstrations
See also: Meet the Educator