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Facial features can be broken down into basic shapes, making it easier to draw a realistic rendering.

Gold Beach artist Pat Renner will teach a free workshop, “Drawing Faces: A Step-by-Step Approach to Success,” from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Curry Public Library in Gold Beach.

 Renner will teach a basic method that has been used for centuries to teach drawing, by breaking subjects down into basic shapes.

 “Lots of lines will be drawn, and many will be taken away, until the face is individualized,” Renner said. “Then, the hair will be added to the head and modeling begins.” During this stage, Renner will work from the same photographs as used by the participants.

Renner also will illustrate “tricks” utilized by both amateur and professional artists, from elementary to electronic.

  Newsprint and vine charcoal will be provided at the workshop. Participants are asked to bring a kneaded or white eraser, a 6B pencil or one of similar softness, a board about 15 inches x 20 inches (optional), photos of faces 6 inches x 8 inches or larger, and an apron or large shirt (optional). 

Renner, a former school librarian and art teacher, “always did art, from drawing, to batik, to oils and acrylics,” she said. After retirement, she found her way to watercolor media.

She’s a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, a juried member of Watercolor West, and a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society,

The workshop is sponsored by the Gold Beach Art Enthusiasts.

  For more information, call 541-430-7325 or email


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