Forensic Art Classes and Training

There are lots of classes out there, but these are my personal recommendations for valuable, effective training, based on the most current scientific and forensic art guidelines.

I can’t make any guarantees, of course. It is up to you to email the instructor with any questions you may have prior to taking the class.

Just a reminder: forensic art is a very small, very niche field, so it is extremely competitive as well. The people who will have a massive advantage over you, no matter how well you draw, are already in law enforcement. If you aren’t, you need to be willing to join.  Why? That’s where the work is. I advise reading the previous link, and Ten Steps to Become a Forensic Artist.


Steinberg’s Contemporary Composite Course
Composite Drawing
Miami, FL
Instructor: Samantha Steinberg

Marla’s Way 101
Composite Drawing
Instructors: Marla Lawson and Kelly Lawson

FASElinks – Forensic Artist Skills Enhancement Network
Composite Drawing
Instructor(s): Duncan Way

Mystery Solved: Facial Reconstruction
Alexandria, VA
Instructor: Joe Mullins

Introduction to Composite Art, Getting Started, &
Advanced Composite Imaging
Westmont, NJ
Instructor: Charles T. Jackson
NOTE: This coursework is only open to Law Enforcement employees, regardless of capacity (Police Officer, Court Clerk, Dispatcher, Parking Enforcement, etc)

Forensic Art Techniques
Houston, Texas
Instructor: Lois Gibson

Compositure Methodology Course
Online Training
Instructor: Gil Zamora

Forensic Imaging Techniques
University of South Florida
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Instructors: NCMEC Forensic Artists