The Intimate Portrait – P0305

Date: Jun 20 - 24, 2016

Skill Level(s): II-III i

Instructor(s): Jess T. Dugan

Tuition: $1,145
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Examine the compelling and intimate art of portraiture. The best portraits are often as much a reflection of the maker as they are of the subject. In this course, we focus on the elements that make a compelling portrait, including composition, lighting, subject, pose, gesture and environment. We also address strategies for working with subjects and methods for making emotionally resonant photographs.

Media & Techniques:

Student use digital photography, digital workflow and digital printmaking with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.


Participants make new portraits, participate in discussions, and look closely at issues in contemporary portrait photography through lectures, readings and dialogue.


Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity and community through photographic portraiture. Her work is regularly exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of several major museums. Jess’ first monograph, Every Breath We Drew, was published in September 2015, coinciding with a solo museum exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. She is the recipient of a 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Jess is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Ill., and Gallery Kayafas in Boston, Mass.

Jess T. Dugan, Betsy 2013 (detail)

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