Winter Quarter for my portraiture/life drawing class starts January 12 at the La Grange Art League Gallery & Studio, and is open to teens (8th grade+) and adults of all experience levels with an interest in naturalistic (i.e., non-cartoon) human depiction and characterization.


(& Bulk, & Tension, & Shading)
Level I & II

Instructor: Kagen Aurencz Zethmayr

Dates: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm ground floor gallery

Whether you’re a beginner in art or a continuing student of the human face and form, this drawing class will jump-start and challenge your powers of observation and conveying what you see onto the page. Anatomy and proportion, shading and colour rendering, capturing gesture and likeness from both live poses and media resources – stretch your artistic muscles, gain confidence and amaze your friends and family. Weekly assignments and critiques; supply list available in gallery. Fee: $120M/ $136NM 8 weeks

[Supply list includes: large drawing pad (at least 11"x14"), pencils & drawing eraser, pocket folder for handouts and photos, and (recommended) own sets of oil pastels, crayons and colored pencils, any size. Newsprint pad optional but very useful. Brown and colored construction papers will also be used in assignments. Recommended stores: Carlson's, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, Michael's and/or the office & school supplies aisle in any general-purpose store.]


KAGEN AURENCZ ZETHMAYR has been active as a freelance artist for over twenty years, doing everything from concert/theatre programs to commissioned portraits, fantasy art/illustration, set paintings, elaborate Halloween décor and even period-accurate costume design for a member of court at the Bristol Renaissance Fair. His education includes Columbia College Chicago (BA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with prior experience as a staff artist for The Lion and Menagerie at Lyons Township H.S. As an instructor, he emphasizes the importance of “unlearning” assumptions, dismantling mental blocks and strengthening observational skills, and in personal practice he believes in creating/showing character and mood as effectively as possible, whatever the scene and whatever the medium.


You can download a PDF brochure+registration form at and mail it in, or register in person at the gallery or over the phone (w/ credit card) at 708-352-3101 -- "Real People Have Curves" is class #8 this term. The La Grange Art League Gallery & Studio is located at 122 Calendar Avenue in downtown La Grange, and map and directions are provided at .

Note: Although I'm also available for private lessons or special-occasion workshops, this particular class needs an absolute minimum enrollment of three students by next week to go on as scheduled in the LGAL brochure, and I am personally looking for at least five-six students to make sure of a good number for group and partner studio activities. Couples and child/parent combinations welcome!
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