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Portrait Workshop


For Artists in the Asheville, NC region, The Art of Portrait Drawing is a special opportunity to study portraiture in a two-day intensive workshop with Jason Rafferty. The workshop will take place Saturday and Sunday January 7 - 8th, 2017 in the River Arts District, Asheville NC. Space will be limited to a maximum of 6 students. 

A recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Jason has studied classical figurative drawing and oil painting for seven years in notable international studios, including Studio Escalier in Paris and Argenton-les-Vallées, France; the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas founded by Ben Long IV; and with landscape painter John Mac Kah; Nick Raynolds of the Water St. Atelier; the BFA program at UNC Asheville, and others. Recently he has appeared as a sketch artist on the Travel Channel, has exhibited at Greenhill Art Center in Greensboro, NC and has been invited to exhibit at 4 Bridges Arts Festival 2017 in Chattanooga, TN, accepted as one of six emerging artists.

For the past two years Jason has offered private lessons in classical approaches to drawing and painting to artists in the Western North Carolina region. He teaches out of a studio at Riverview Station in the Asheville River Arts District, a space shared with other working artists including his mentor and colleague John Mac Kah, a well-known landscape painter and River Arts District veteran, and Alisa Lumbreras, who operates the Asheville Young Artists' Atelier from the space.

"I learned more in one 3 hour drawing lesson with Jason Rafferty than in 8 years of high school and college art classes.  His knowledge and clear transmission of classical art theory and philosophy has revolutionized not only my drawing technique, but also my whole approach to how I think about art.  I will definitely be back for more lessons!"   (Ralph E. Lentz II, Senior Lecturer, History Dept. Appalachian State University)


Various portraits in graphite, charcoal and chalk on tone paper, and oil by Jason Rafferty.


The two-day intensive Art of Portrait Drawing workshop will take place Saturday and Sunday January 7-8th, 2017 from 10am-3pm. Students will draw the portrait from a live model during 25 minute poses punctuated by 5 minute breaks. Each day will include a class drawing demo which will discuss crucial concepts for learning to draw an accurate portrait likeness. Students will practice drawing the portrait from the live model, and will benefit from 6+ hours of life drawing time accompanied by one-on-one critiques. Students of all levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome.

The fee for the workshop is 125.00 plus model fee. This includes materials: Canson Mi-Teintes toned paper, charcoal pencil, white chalk and kneaded eraser will be provided. Graphite and white paper may also be used. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. You may sign up now via PayPal. Space is very limited, with a maximum of 6 students, so don't delay.

The workshop will take place at JMK Studio 236, Riverview Station Studios building, 191 Lyman St., Asheville, NC. Precise directions to the studio address will be given via email after payment is received. Students are asked to bring a lunch to eat during lunch break in the studio. For questions, feel free to contact Jason at or call 828-390-7518 during business hours, 9am-5pm EST.


For information about ongoing drawing and painting classes, visit the 'Classes' page

The Studio: JMK Studio 236, Riverview Station, River Arts District. Natural north light from the round windows. 

Jason has guest lectured on oil painting craftsmanship and art history at UNC Asheville, where he is currently completing his BFA degree in drawing and oil painting.

Jason lecturing on oil painting craftsmanship at UNC Asheville in 2016; painting plein air in Swannanoa, NC, 2015. 


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