Taking a portrait class

I have been taking a portrait class which is amazing because:
A) I have never taken one
B) I really wanted to learn that particular skill
C) It makes me do some work

Class one and two were about how to look at and draw the face. We did lots of drawing and sketching. Class three and four we painted a portrait from a model. Class five we started sketching self portraits and went over what makes for a painting style and what different artists have done in the past.

Here is a picture of the model and my first painting.

18×24 acrylic on canvas