Portrait Drawing

Jessica Burke, PEAR

Pencil drawing of a woman with glasses and long hair smirking.

Saturday, December 2


Kat in the Hat Classroom

$85, $75 mbrs.

Jessica Burke (JB) instructs students in the fundamentals of portrait drawing with a live model. After a quick demo by the instructor, students will focus on the fundamentals of shape and form through timed drawings, followed by helpful peer-to-peer critiques.

JB is an LGBT+ artist and educator working in North Carolina. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Foundations Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Working in both traditional and digital drawing media, she focuses on concerns at the intersection of identity, popular culture, and mass media. She has received numerous honors and awards for her creative research and her teaching. She has been invited to artist residencies in Oregon, New Mexico, France, Ireland, and Hungary. Her drawings have been published in Manifest’s International Drawing Annual (INDA) 13; Studio Visit Magazine; North Light Book’s Strokes of Genius 9: The Best of Drawing and Art for Everyone, a textbook from University Press. She was recently awarded a North Carolina Arts and Science Council Grant based on her recent digital media practice which reflects a dedication to drawing as a creative practice that is both innovative and responsive to cultural conditions.