Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

James Stanley Faces: A Portrait Painting Workshop July 8 to July 13, 2018 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 9am-Noon Discipline: Painting OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

This workshop is part of Creative Nonfiction Week.

Portraiture is the great abiding tradition of painting. In mastering the direct human gaze, an artist is able to distill and illuminate what might otherwise remain unarticulated: the desires, disappointments, and mysteries of the human condition. In this workshop we will work from a model as well as complete self-portraits. We’ll explore the effects of light, color, composition and mark making as we consider, in brief daily lectures, historical and contemporary portrait work of painters like Manet, Lucian Freud, Michael Borremans, Kaye Donachie and others. Some painting experience is highly beneficial, though not required.


James Everett Stanley received his MFA in painting from Columbia University. A 2002-2003 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, he is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was awarded a Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program fellowship in New York. His paintings have been shown widely, including solo and group exhibitions at Freight & Volume Gallery in New York, Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami, and Schoolhouse gallery in Provincetown. He is an Assistant Professor in the Painting Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.