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.