Beginning with limited palette painting from the historic plaster casts in the Academy’s collection and transitioning to the live model, this course examines multiple painting strategies for both long and short poses. Guided by lectures, weekly class demonstrations, and personalized demonstrations, students will create observational paintings while studying material considerations, problem solving, “finishing”, as well as anatomy, tone, gesture, proportion, perspective, and a strong emphasis on perceptual color relationships. This course is designed for the student wishing to improve their oil painting skills or to build a portfolio of work.
Beginning with drawing from the historic plaster casts in the Academy’s collection and transitioning to the live model, this course examines multiple drafting strategies for both long and short poses. Guided by lectures, weekly class demonstrations, and personalized demonstrations, students will create observational drawings while studying material considerations, problem solving, “finishing”, as well as anatomy, tone, gesture, proportion, and perspective. This course is designed for the student wishing to improve their drawing skills or to build a portfolio of work.
Spend your summer learning to record your surroundings and strengthening your drawing skills by immersing yourself in the outdoors. You'll experience guided sketchbook expeditions both in and out of the city. Each class will meet on location (except for the first session). You'll learn about various methods of historical and contemporary drawing concepts for working from observation in a landscape. Materials and various drawing techniques will be demonstrated each session. Followed by time to walk around and create multiple drawings in your sketchbook or on your surface of choice. This is a great course for anybody looking to cultivate their sketching and observational-drawing skill-set and spend more time outside of the studio as well.
Figure drawing will focus on teaching fundamental drawing and observational skills with emphasis on composition, design, proportion, and human anatomy. A nude model will be present almost daily. Students will learn to observe the human form in various poses and the majority of class time will be spent drawing. Components of the class include regular critiques, basic lessons on anatomy and discussing and practicing the benefits of different drawing speeds – from quick gestural sketches to longer, more studied poses. The importance of personal style and expression will be emphasized.
In this workshop, professional artist and instructor Evan Kitson will provide a survey of social media platforms and their functions as they pertain directly to both the emerging and the working artist. Kitson will demonstrate how to gain the most out of these essential networking platforms to help you not only promote your own work, but to discover new and exciting artists and communities you may not be aware of. You'll learn about: -Branding -Curating imagery and content -Photographing your work -Internet etiquette for successful social media marketing and engagement. Come learn how to use the these free social platforms in a way that makes sense for you while building your community of fellow artists and friends!
My Approach to Teaching:
I convey larger concepts though the presentation of lectures and demonstrations each week, which is then followed up by working one-on-one with the students as they work on that week's assignment in a studio setting. I supplement the lecture/demonstration with personalized demonstrations for each student as I go around the room, giving a more personal insight to their concerns as they work. I also bring in books, supplies, and physical samples to each class in order to provide the student with a more well-rounded understanding of the material which is being covered during that week. Emphasis is placed on gesture, proportion, perspective.