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Beginning Drawing 1S20 CANCELED

For people who haven’t drawn in a while or want to get started. Learn fundamentals and gain confidence as you draw with a variety of media and approaches. Limit 10 students

Eli Portman

Eli Portman

Eli Portman was born and raised in the Greater Boston area. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors Degree in studio art in the spring of 2014. Primarily focusing on drawing, Portman also experimented with oil painting and woodblock printmaking during his time at University.  He has since returned to the Boston area, where he currently lives, and teaches art to children and adults. His artwork has been hung in galleries, shops and cafes throughout the Greater Boston Area. Portman is a former member of the Copley Society of Art and the Newton Art Association, and was featured in the Fay  Chandler Emerging Artist  Exhibition in 2017.  He's also a featured artist in the Torosiete Online Art Museum. Portman's been hired for murals, private commissions, illustrations and more, and released a coffee table book of his art in 2017. 

Painting, Watercolor, Drawing
Materials & Tools:

Soft and extra-soft vine charcoal, 1 package each

Kneaded eraser

Hard white eraser

Newsprint pad 18” x 24”

The following materials will be discussed in class. You do NOT need to purchase these before the first class:

18” x 24” pad of white drawing paper (Your choice: smooth or textured. We recommend smooth paper. We will discuss paper choices in class.)

1 box Charcoal

1 stick of white chalk or charcoal


Can of spray fixative 

Roll of masking tape

Optional (to be discussed in class):

One container of waterproof drawing ink

A few watercolor brushes to be used with the drawing ink (at least 1 large round hair brush for washes and one smaller brush for line work)