The Intimate Portrait – P0307-20

Date: Jun 15 - 19, 2020

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Jess T. Dugan

Tuition: $1,195
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


This course is an immersion into 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, and in this course, students take a closer look at what transforms a simple photograph into an evocative portrait. Participants focus on the primary elements of compelling portraiture: composition, lighting, subject, pose, gesture and environment. The course also addresses strategies for working with subjects and methods for making emotionally resonant artworks.


Digital photography, digital workflow with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, digital printmaking techniques, photographic lighting, field trips to complement studio activities


Jess T. Dugan’s work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity and community through photographic portraiture. Her photography is regularly exhibited internationally and is in several museums’ permanent collections. Jess’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). She is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery.


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