Vibrant Expressive Faces

The human face is beautiful, diverse, and expressive. Portrait painting can sometimes be challenging for artists who long to create a more expressive portrait that evokes a mood rather than an exact likeness. This class, Vibrant Expressive Faces, will cover using basic techniques of drawing a face, the use of color, texture, layering of lights and darks, and spontaneous mark-making to create an interesting portrait. We will not be focused on likeness but with color and movement to create an interesting art piece. Come have fun and try your hand at a portrait!

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Marvella Frey is an oil and acrylic painter who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Born and raised on the East Coast, she has lived in several states and abroad, traveling extensively on five continents. Her experiences exploring cultures around the world have been an inspiration to create and share her worldview through art.

Marvella’s early training includes earning a Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of Maryland, with a focus on oil painting and welding. Followed by a career in the travel industry, she earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from George Washington University in Washington, DC. During her career as a therapist, she combined her love of art and education in art therapy to work with adolescents in expressing themselves using art. She earned several grants to develop and complete art projects in Washington DC and Tempe AZ working with youth to create community art.

Marvella draws her inspiration from the human spirit and the natural world. She has always been drawn to people who are fighters and warriors for social change through art, music, politics, and literature. Her current work can best be described as a vibrant Expressionist style, combining emotions, layers of dynamic color, movement, and spontaneity in creating a portrait with feeling.

Marvella has exhibited her art in many Arizona galleries, exhibitions, and guilds.

$45 (Members) $50 (Non-Members)