Live class 2022

Foundations I

Learn expressive portraiture through a variety of mediums

Foundations is about materials; dry, wet, soft and rough. We sometimes forget that it’s the tactile experience that once gave us the joy to create. This course lets you get (re)acquainted with charcoal, pastel, paint and mediums through a series of portraits that express what you want to say.

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Did you ever really take the time to see how a certain material feels? In your hand, on your paper, under the pressure of your finger? Very often, we jump straight to the practical application of a material; how to create values, how to mix or blend. But what about getting to know your material first?

This course is about just that: exploring materials and how you feel about them. Playing around with them, until you get an idea. Being a portrait lover, that is usually the idea that comes to my mind. I’d like to take you along the process of the portraits that I created, with these materials. To show you how you can apply them, and what possibilities there are for you.

project one / exploring charcoal
project one / exploring charcoal
project one / exploring charcoal
project two / exploring pastel
project two / exploring pastel
project three / exploring acrylic paint
project three / exploring acrylic paint
project four / exploring mixed media

You may think: “but I don’t know how to create portraits?!”. And that’s fine. (although I can very much relate to your question!) This course is not about learning to create the perfect portrait. It’s about learning to get comfortable with a variety of materials through the process of creating a portrait.

You can learn in many different ways; by painting an apple, a still life, a landscape. But you’re here, and that means that you and I probably share a love for the human face. I believe learning anything through the thing you love most, is a much more rewarding and fulfilling process, and I hope you will join me!

Much love,


In this course you'll find...

What other students are saying...

Maxine Schutter@mschutter
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There is something special about Sabra. Her artistry is rich and deep and haunting. Her teaching is centered and thorough and her presentation quite calming. There is simply no one quite like her out there. It is a pleasure to study with her.
Helen Moreda@helen.moreda
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Love Sabra’s classes. The right amount of information so that you learn and yet have room for your own style. She is so thoughtful and generous!
Ann Rudd@ann.rudd.10
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Sabra has such style, in her art and her demeanor! She offers thoughtful instruction, with details and depth. Highly recommend!
Parvin Ghamsari@parvin.ghamsari
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Sabra walks you through every step of the painting from colour mixing to end. Very informative. Recommend her class highly.
Carol Burns@carol.burns.338
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Trying to decide whether to do a class can sometimes be difficult and slightly daunting when you're not sure what you will be getting. Worry not. Sabra is a wonderful teacher who metephorically holds your hand through every technique she demonstrates. She is a master at what she does and she shares her knowledge generously. I can't recommend her classes highly will be amazed at what you create with her guidance. Go on. Sign up. You won't regret it! C x
Leah Griffith@leah.griffith.96
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Sabra’s art is masterful, her teaching style smooth. She goes at an easy pace, explains thoroughly, while expanding your confidence and skills. She creates magic! Thank you, Sabra!
Shirley Tatro Gordon@shirley.t.gordon
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Sabra’s skill as an artist reaches far beyond the unique and mesmerizing art she creates. She has the ability to effectively explain, demonstrate and generously share her knowledge and process. She presents complex concepts with basic, understandable instructions and guidance. Sabra’s classes are challenging, but deeply rewarding and should not be missed. She will help you grow.
Kathy Reed@kathyreed25
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For me, if I see a class offered by Sabra, I am taking it right now, no questions asked. This is because she offers the most thorough explanations and descriptions that also include her own uncertainties and vulnerabilities as a very real person. Her work is unique and filled with emotion, a goal for which I strive. As a teacher by profession, I greatly admire her ability to teach and want to learn from her again and again.
Cathy Hartgraves@cathy.hartgraves.3
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I must say that with most online classes i soon loose interest and rarely complete it. But with Sabra's unique emotional, humorous, completely relatable commentary,and masterful directions, i couldnt stop watching!! Not only did i complete the coarses, i created some of my best best work ever!!! I even had sales from these works. Need i say more?
Fiorenza Gorini@fiorenza.gorini
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Sabra’s class was definitely one of my favorite. Her unique style and approach inspire you to try new directions in a fearless way. Every step of the demo was very clearly explained and helpful in achieving a beautiful result.
Libbi Byrd Corson@libbi.corson
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I will take Sabra's class every time. I have learned so much from about seeing, painting, staying loose, being fearless and even more about myself through her sharing about herself and her processes. Her classes have truly been worth more than what I've paid for them. I look forward to the next class!


What are the projects in this course about?

exploration & preliminary work

For the first three weeks, we will learn a new art material every week: charcoal, pastel and acrylic paint. In week 4 and 5 these materials will come together in our mixed media project. Week 6 is for catching up, repeating lessons, or doing one of the bonus lessons from the Student Library.

Every project starts with some preliminary work. In these videos I will show you how you can use your material in different ways. It’s highly recommended that you try this out for yourself as way, as it is the most low-key way to get to know a material!

In other videos I will usually do several sketches of the reference photo and explain a bit about any difficulties we might run into.

project one / exploring charcoal
project two / exploring pastel
project three / exploring acrylic paint
project four / exploring mixed media
project one / exploring charcoal
project two / exploring pastel
project three / exploring acrylic paint
project four / exploring mixed media

creating portraits

After our preliminary work, we’re ready to start creating a portrait! All my portraits are recorded in real-time; nothing is cut out or sped up, so you can see everything I do. All portraits lessons are divided into topics for each video, so it’s easy to navigate and see where you are.

In week one, we will create a portrait using only willow charcoal and water. That’s it! To get the most out of our material, we’ll experiment with textures, different ways of blending and losing some features into abstract shapes.

Week two is about pastel! With a balanced palette and some water, we’ll start shaping our portrait out of the darker layers. A different approach, but one you’ll find interesting!

We’ll pick up our paint tubes in week 3, as we explore the possibilities of acrylic paint. Our palette is limited, to make sure you can focus on your brush work.

Week 4 and 5 are all about bringing it together, as we’re free to mix our materials in this mixed media project.

During week 6 you are free to catch up or repeat any lessons. You can also try out these techniques on different reference photos, or do one of the bonus lessons from the Student Library!

Are you ready to join me?

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your curriculum

What will this Live Class look like?



September 5 - 11

The course is open! You will be notified by email and can access our first project; our charcoal portrait. If you have Facebook, you’ve already been added to the group. Let’s get started!



September 12 - 18

Our second project is open, and you will learn all about soft pastels and how to use them. Don’t forget to watch the preliminary work videos! They’re here to help you get started.


acrylic paint

September 19 - 25

In this week we will pick up our paint tubes. No worries ok? You’ve already ‘painted’ a bit with pastel, and this is no different. Don’t be afraid to talk about any art related topic or question you have in the Facebook group!


Mixed media

September 26 - October 2

Ready to let go of limitations? Mixed media is the place to go when you don’t want to choose, and just get creating. You can mix and match as much as you like. Or follow along with what I do. It’s up to you!


mixed media

October 3 - 9

Two weeks for a portraits allows you to experiment more. Maybe even botch a few attempts. 😉 Mixed media is about learning how things play together, so don’t hold back and let me know if you need help!


Bonus week

October 10 - 16

Missed a week? Or want to repeat a lesson? This week is about just that. Maybe you’ve finished all the portraits, and prefer to do a bonus lesson from the Student Library. You can post anything you want for feedback this week in the Facebook group!


Do I need to purchase new materials to join this course?

You don’t want to join a course, only to find out you have to purchase a fortune worth of supplies. Most of the materials used in my projects are basic supplies. They’re also available in almost every country in the world. For every project, I will also give you suggestions on what to replace them with, if you don’t have them. So no need to worry about major expenses! Download the supply list on the right to see what I suggest for this course.

exclusive content

A growing library for students

As a student of my art school, you will automatically have access to a collection of free lessons and resources, intended to help you with the foundations of art and to expand on the current course you are taking. The Student Library started in 2021 and is ever expanding! And best of all, it will be free to students who have joined the live class of “Foundations I” here!

a selection of what you'll find here

Are you ready to join me in this course?

"Foundations I"

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Frequently asked questions

When you register for any of my online courses, you can login to you account here my website. From your account, you can access any course you’ve purchased. No need to get up or go out! 🙂 

Your account and courses are private; that means only you can access them. You can access your available lessons any time that suits you. That also goes for lesson information, supply lists and reference photos. It’s all well organized in your course environment.

Some of my courses have a specific start date. On that date, I will open the course and provide you with the lesson for that week. If you’ve signed up for a course that hasn’t started yet, I will send you an email when it starts and you can log in!

A self-paced course is open for registration throughout the year. When you sign up, you get immediate access to all the lessons in that course. You can go ahead and start right away! Track your progress by marking your lessons complete after finishing. You can work at your own pace whenever it’s convenient for you, there’s no set schedule. You can come back any time and resume or repeat lessons. If you have any questions, you can send me a message or post in my Facebook group. I don’t provide in-depth feedback on self-paced courses but I’m always around to help!

A live course start at a specific date and runs for a number of weeks. When you sign up, I will keep you informed through my mailing list. When we start, I will send you another email. You can log in and view the first available lessons. Every week a new lesson in provided until we’ve finished the course. After finishing the course, all lessons and content will remain available to you. So no worries if you fall behind or skip a week! You can go back, catch up or repeat lessons whenever you want! During the weeks that the course runs, I’ll be available daily in the private Facebook group for that course. You can interact with me and other students that are in the course!

Yes, you can download all videos and materials for private use!

Yes, this course is design specifically to help you understand the foundations of drawing the face. We’ll be dealing with some difficult angles but I will explain it to you in a way that allows you to follow exactly what I’m doing. There are several drawing guides that you can print out, to help you no matter your level.

You can always access this course by logging in at my website. In the navigation menu, go to “My account” and you will see your courses there.

During a live course I will provide feedback on your work if you ask for it in the Facebook group. I will be present daily for the duration of the course. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can also email me. 

When you do a self-paced course, you may ask any questions or share work in my general Facebook group. There are a lot of nice people there and I will be there often to reply or answer questions.

Only for courses that haven’t started yet. Because all my courses are downloadable, I cannot grant refunds on courses that have started or are self-paced and thus immediately available.

No, not at this point. 

No, not at all! If you have any questions during a live course, you can also email me for feedback.

Lifetime access means that the courses you’ve purchased will be available to you on this website for as long as the course is for sale and I’m in business. Should that time ever end, I will inform you and give you plenty of time to download videos and materials that you want to keep.

You can contact me using the form on this page. You can also send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

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