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Observational Figure Drawing

 Figure drawings are built in stages and are designed with important artistic principles in mind. Without a plan of action and a way to appraise and revise our work, we can get “ stuck “ or “ lose our way ”. Informed by the atelier tradition this class will cover fundamental drawing strategies and a structured approach that will help you advance as an artist.

Each session features one long pose that starts with a “ block-in “ drawing to establish a strong gesture, accurate likeness, proportion, contour, attention to anatomical points and mapping of light/darks in 2-D. The all important prerequisites for modeling the form and completing a figure drawing to higher degrees of finish, depth and realism.

The final steps of the process are accomplished by thinking about the drawing in sculptural terms, understanding concepts of light and form, learning to see and draw correct values, 3-D modeling and clean technique. 

Class includes lecture, handouts, individualized instruction and critique. You'll benefit from working in a small focused learning environment with great lighting on both the model and your work station!

October 6th - December 1st ( 8 weeks )

Saturdays: 2pm - 5:30pm ( 3.5 hour class )

4715 NE 14th Ave.

Tuition: $395 - includes model fee.

Class limit = 8 students. Easels provided.

Figure Drawing Materials List:

  • Drawing paper - A pad of Strathmore 400 Series medium tooth - 18” x 24”.

  • Drawing board - 18” x 24” or slightly larger.

  • Graphite Pencils – 2B, HB, H, 2H, 4H (at least one of each). Recommend purchasing a quality pencil like Tombow or Steadtler ( blue with black back end )… pencils made of real wood! 

  • Erasers - Gray kneaded eraser and Tombow MONO Zero Refillable eraser. http://www.dickblick.com/items/21576-9330/

  • Sharpening tools - x-acto or utility knife with extra blades and one sheet of fine sandpaper #220.

  • Measuring tools - long skinny knitting needle or bicycle spoke, or bbq skewer ( needs to be long, skinny, straight and that won’t bend ). Plumb Line (string with a weighted end

Questions? Please email or call, thank you.