Looking to build or refine your sketchbook practice? Join me Monday evenings (NYC Time!) on Zoom for the months of June, July, and August, and fill a sketchbook with me!
Each week we'll look at examples of how sketchbooks have been used by both historic and contemporary artists, and we'll develop prompts to keep us moving forward in our own practice. We'll look at material studies, composition concepts, anatomical ideas, landscape strategies, reference uses, and a lot more! Sketchbooks are all about studying, exploring, playing, and making art for ourselves (no deadlines for shows or commissions here!) Building a personalized sketchbook practice takes time, and throughout this online course (and with the support of our peers), we'll fill a sketchbook and do just that! This course has been designed to allow for a ton of breathability- sketchbooks are a personal thing, and you're welcome to take the material in whatever way you'd like- as such, the course is suitable for anybody interested, regardless of their level of experience.
There will be a lecture/demo each class session, as well as an abundance of instructor feedback to help you move forward with your work!
Looking to lend structural credibility to your figurative artwork? In this bi-weekly Wednesday evening online course, we'll take a good, through, look at the hard, consistently dependable tissue of the human figure: the skeleton!
Starting with proportion concepts, then moving on to the three major masses of the figure, and finally the limbs (with an extra focus on the difficult hands and feet!) Far from just the "facts" of skeletal anatomy, we'll be covering structural concepts that are directly informed via the skeletal masses to help us develop a rich understanding of how to use anatomy practically in our work moving forward. We'll look a number of historic and contemporary references, artworks, and figure images to help us round out our understanding and support the lecture/demo nature of this course.
Recorded feedback will be given on optional independent assignments throughout the duration of the course. To allow time for the material to be engaged with, and for feedback + time on independent assignments, this course will run every other week. Please take note of the class session dates listed below. Lastly, there will be images of nude, professional models used in this course to help us fully grasp the underlying anatomy.
This course is appropriate for anybody looking to better enhance their understanding of the human figure, and structural drawing concepts- no matter the skill level!
Learn strategies to better navigate materiality, gesture, proportion, and light and shadow by working from both the Academy's amazing plaster cast collection and the live nude figure model. Each week in this in-person class will introduce new drawing and perception concepts while also building on the previous week's lesson, allowing us to break down the larger elements of figure drawing, such as gesture, proportion, basic structure, and light and shadow. Material use is very open, but the lessons will cover graphite and charcoal/chalk drawing material concepts.
Through demonstration, discussion, and practice, students in this in-person class will gain an understanding of how the science of light can be harnessed along with their perceptual awareness to produce convincing works of figurative art. Students of this class will explore gesture, proportion, perspective, and the many facets of color by working through two 6-week long figure poses (one nude figure, one clothed portrait!) We will be discussing painting and it's materials from the ground up, covering new additions to the palette each session. Students of this course may choose to work on a new painting each week, or work on two long paintings during the course.
Through demonstration, discussion, and practice, students in this class will gain an understanding of how to apply structural and anatomical concepts to their figurative work. With an emphasis on gesture, proportion, perspective, and morphology, we will create a number of works from the observed nude life model. Anatomical figure construction throughout history will be discussed, as well as the contemporary practice of anatomical form as function, with an aim towards understanding how the human figure moves and articulates. Full figure as well as portrait anatomy will be covered at length. Students may choose to draw or paint.