Portraiture Premium Track

The Portraiture Premium Track is a chance for an in depth exploration of the human face as a means for artistic expression. Concrete skills such as the skeletal structure of the human face, lighting, color, composition, and backgrounds will be emphasized, in addition to the purpose and intent of the portrait.

The curriculum we will use is from our Portrait Track. Here is your opportunity to work with attention and comprehensive support from Prof Lieu,

Enrollment is currently closed

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I want to say thank you to Prof Lieu and Alex for all of the encouragement and knowledge that you both have shared. Even when I was having a meltdown about the palette knife painting, you guys helped me move forward.

I think since joining Art Prof, I have grown more as an artist in months than I did in 4 years of art school.

Ashley Tanelle

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“Portraiture is incredibly personal and emotionally charged and I don’t think I could have asked for better teachers and mentors than we had here with Prof Lieu & Alex.

I’m also so thankful for the camaraderie and feedback of the other artists in the class; whether it was seeing the style you had when you arrived, versus where you are at now or seeing others learn new techniques and ways of thinking.”


Sample Discord Critiques

“I always loved, in the critiques, when Prof Lieu and Alex asked each other questions, about our work! It has actually spilled over into my own work and I wonder what question I should ask myself.

I now understand how important the facial structure is, when creating a face. I loved the process of doing the thumbnails, as a way to get a bunch of ideas out, quickly.

Jen K.

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About our Staff

Prof Lieu has 15 years of teaching studio art at the college level, and was an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 2007-2020. See Prof Lieu’s full CV.

Soft Pastel Tutorial: Female Portrait

When I signed up for this class, I was hoping to get a better handle on how to treat faces in a composition. I think I walked away with so much more.

I’ve learned to be more adventurous, to not be bogged down by the reference images, and to keep pushing past the part of art where my brain tells me that I can’t do it. I feel like I walked away with so much more from this experience than technique.

Learning to put feeling into my work, learning how a portrait doesn’t have to be overly obvious to tell a story.

Ashley Tanelle
Portraits Premium Track
Ashley Tanelle

Art Supplies

We understand that many people have limited budgets for supplies, so our premium tracks are structured so that you can use any materials you want, within that track’s focus.

Either digital or traditional media will work great for exploring portraits. Below we provide supply lists with recommended items for each media. We are happy to provide further support, but you can work with whatever you have!


ballpoint pen/gel pensdip penbrush pen markersCaran d’Ache crayonsgraphite powdercolored pencilsoft pasteloil pastelpencil, charcoalink washscratchboardwet charcoaloil sticks


watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheacrylicoilswater mixable oilsink washliquid watercoloralcohol inks


ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe FrescoMediBang PaintGimp

Student info

  • Limit 6 students
  • Enrollment is first come, first serve
  • All students are required to join our Discord

Due at Registration

  • Registration form & full tuition


  • When you submit your registration form, Prof Lieu will send you an email confirmation and a Paypal request for the $600 USD.


  • We require 4 students to run the track.
  • We will confirm whether the track is running by the Wednesday after the Friday registration deadline.
  • If the track does not run, you will receive a full refund no later than a week from the Friday registration deadline.


  • All payments are non-refundable if the track runs.
  • There are no refunds for missed voice sessions, or if a student is late to a voice session.
  • We only issue refunds if the course does not run due to lack of enrollment.


Art Prof Scholarships

If we have extra spaces in a premium track after registration closes, we will open up the opportunity the apply for an Art Prof Scholarship, which is a chance to enroll in a premium track for free.

Please do not apply if you are not able to fully commit 100% to the premium track if you are selected for the scholarship. Check all the voice session dates, logistics and confirm that you can be available.

We don’t want to see an opportunity like this wasted, when there are so many people who would benefit.

We cannot make any guarantees that any scholarships will become available, it all depends on whether there are spaces after registration closes.

Scholarship Notifications

To receive notifications of when scholarships are available, please join our Discord server, or sign up for our email list.

Scholarship Applications

You’ll be asked to provide 2 essays via a Google form. Minimum 500 words, maximum 200 words.

  • Essay 1: Talk about your journey and background as an artist, how has it impacted our life, why is it important to you?
  • Essay 2: Explain why you are applying for this scholarship. How will this help you as an artist in the short term and long term? What do you hope to learn and gain from the experience?