Calendar 2019 - 2020
Fall Session 1: Sept 16 - Nov 9, 2019
Fall Session 2: Nov 11 - January 25, 2020
Thanksgiving Break: Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2019
Winter Break: Dec 23 - Jan 4, 2019
Spring Session 1: Jan 27 - Mar 21, 2020
Spring Break: Mar 23 - Mar 28, 2020
Spring Session 2: Mar 30 - May 23, 2020
Drawing: Form and Movement
12:30pm - 3:30pm
To draw is to express yourself in a special visual language. Learn how the language enables you to render on a at page the spaces and volumes that you observe around you. As we work from the live model and other subjects, we consult historical examples to see how artists have used shape, plane, and rhythm. Awaken yourself to the sensation of seeing a whole page develop at once. Discover the pleasure of making your drawing move, and express yourself in this particular visual language.
Drawing: Anatomy and Artistry
7pm - 9pm
This class will teach essential anatomy for figure drawing. Anatomy will be taught and discussed as a tool to create expressive, interesting figure drawings. Artistry will be emphasized. We will analyze the “magic” of old master drawings. Students will also learn the basic shading techniques, expression of line, building solid planes, portrait construction, and a variety of other topics, through lectures and examples. Working with a live model, poses will range from quick gesture poses to longer poses. Some drawing experience required for this class.
Constructing the Figure
1pm - 4pm
Learn to construct solid and anatomically correct figure and portrait drawings. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual instruction, this course will cover the anatomical, structural, and surface forms of the head and figure. With a focus on the gesture as our starting point, we will identify the line of the body and develop the constitution of the figure through sequentially longer poses. There will be an emphasis on proportion, perspective, line quality, and light on form. During the second half of the course, we will explore the muscular and skeletal structure of the human figure and how the artist can use anatomy in figure drawing. Drawing is the foundation of many forms of visual expression, and by concentrating on the foundational principles of drawing the figure, students will expand their knowledge through direct observation of the live model. Open to all levels.
Four Fridays per session 1pm - 4pm
Sessions beginning October 18, December 13, February 28, and May 1, 2020
The class has the objective of providing an opportunity to study in-depth one particular issue through drawing, and this class will be focusing on structure. It will take place each Friday afternoon from 1-4pm starting the fifth week of the session. At each class we will be exploring this issue a number of ways, including examining the works of masters to see various ways that they use structure, discussing as a group the consequences of this for each of us, and drawing from the model so that we can put our thinking into practice with the goal of taking the first steps towards making the ideas our own. The instructor will give demonstrations where ever possible.
Drawing: The Figure
9:30am - 12:30pm
Understanding the basics of drawing the figure allows you to organize light, shade, gesture, and rhythm into a single expressive whole. Working individually with the instructor, you’ll be introduced to varied drawing approaches and techniques, and develop your skills and insights. Open to students of all levels.
Language of Drawing
10:30am - 12:30pm
Through a series of exercises, we are going to explore a variety of techniques, tools, and drawing mediums. Students will get a deeper understanding of developing a concept and working in a series. We will work from still lifes and the imagination. The primary objective will be black and white imagery, but color may also be introduced. All levels are welcome.
Mixed Media Works on Paper
1pm - 4pm
Experiment with a variety of mediums in combination with various type of surfaces. Students can use Graphite, Gouache, Watercolor, Oil paint and Colored Pencils in this class. The surface directly influences mark making whether your style is traditional or contemporary. Many different artists used mixed media such as Degas, Romare Bearden, Jasper John, Jim Dine and Rauschenberg just to name a few. The combinations are endless, but the basic idea is to combine and layer materials to create unique works. Students will be encouraged to work from their choice of subjects such as still life, figure, designs and their own sketches. The point of this class is for students to discover their own visual language. Beginners to advance students are welcomed.