Course Description

When I set out to create a course on drawing the portrait, I had no idea it would turn out as it did. Collected Stories is more than a "how-to" on drawing a face; it is about connecting with your subject and allowing inspiration to guide your hand and heart. This class is about finally permitting yourself to embrace the way you see the world, your ideas, stories, and most importantly, the way you draw. 

In Collected Stories, I demonstrate how I draw the portrait with a nod to classical proportions, relationships of the head's features, value, and different views. I will share exactly how I practice and embrace the early raw sketches and work toward more inspired pieces that tell a story. 

There is magic in practice and repetition; not only does your technique improve, but you begin to see the beauty of how you create. I will encourage you to look beyond a perfect drawing and take your stories and experiences to create art that is rich and filled with emotion.

I invite you to gather your stories and art supplies, and let's draw, sketch, paint, collage, stitch, and practice together!

 Immediate Access


This class has been pre-recorded. You will have lifetime access and all videos may be downloaded.

About This Course

  • Immediate Access

  • 4.5+ Hours of Content

  • $68.00

  • Techniques:

    • Understanding Classical Proportions of the face.

    • 3 views of the face.

    • Sketching, Line, Value, Color, Collage, Stitching, 

    • How to build layers of charcoal to create depth and form.

    • Paint an abstract background using a limited color palette.

    • Practice Value.

    • Practice Line.

    • Create a Color Chart.

    • How to bring your stories and emotions to your final art pieces.

    • Self-Guided Sketchbook Studies with prompts to inspire your daily practice.

    • How to use a reference photo as your guide.

  • Downloadable Videos

  • Lifetime Access

  • Instructor: Renee Mueller


About Me

Renee Mueller

Thank you for choosing to take my class, I'm so thrilled and honored that you're here. I want to tell you a little about me. I hold a BFA from the University of Michigan where I studied Art History, Dance, and Choreography. I danced professionally and had the honor of teaching dance at the University of Michigan's Musical Theater and Theater Departments. Most of my life has been spent in the dance studio and the theater. Because of this, I have had the privilege to work with many talented dancers, costume designers, set designers, lighting designers, and musicians. One of the many things that I learned from this experience in the performing arts was to honor your ideas and devote yourself to a subject. Also, to share, support, and collaborate. Once I decided to "exit stage left", it was challenging to find another creative outlet. Like many of us, I loved to draw, paint and create as a child, but never really invested a tremendous amount of time in cultivating that practice. About 10 years ago I began drawing again and decided to commit to a daily practice. I was challenged and inspired!. So, I continue to practice, experiment with materials, and allow my ideas to guide me through the process. When creating art, I draw upon the many methods I learned as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Research, gathering inspiration, honoring my point of view, and sharing ideas. It is my hope that by sharing my creative practices, my process, techniques and what inspires me, you will find something that works for you.