Through demonstration, discussion, and practice, students in this 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 through the completion of a single 10 week figure painting. Composition, color, and anatomical studies will also play a large role in the development of this work, with the end result being a well observed and understood representation of a figure in space. Figure anatomy as well as portrait anatomy will be emphasized.
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.
Students will learn basic proportions for the human form, and study methods for judging proportional relationships related to the figure. Emphasis will be on understanding the structure of the body and head, through basic anatomy and historical systems of drawing. Techniques for using charcoal and conte will be emphasized, with students eventually working on toned paper with black and white media. NOTE: Nude models may be present during some sessions of this course.
In this introductory to sculpting the figure, students will delve into the basics of figure modeling using Plasteline (oil-based clay) or terra cotta clay. You will explore the techniques of figure modeling from live models; projects will focus on realism and may transition through stages of abstraction. Whether a beginner or intermediate student, you’ll be able to move your own work to the next level. This supportive environment is the space you need to explore the making of art. NOTE: Nude models will be present for this course.
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.