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Atmospheric Drawing

with charcoal and mixed media

session 1

June 6, 2022 – June 17, 2022

 

In this workshop, Kate will show her process of how to make completed portrait drawings from start to finish.
 
During the first week, we will be working from life.  Kate will show how she sets up and lights the model for drama and story-telling.  We will then start our drawings using powdered white medium first on toned paper, working in layers to build value evenly.  This creates an atmospheric and sculptural approach from the beginning.
 
In the second week, we will go over the importance of photographic reference in making completed artworks – beginning with lighting, photographing the model, as well as editing our reference.  Taking the time to build a strong reference will allow for more creative freedom.  We will experiment with various mixed media to refine and give our portraits a stamp of our own authenticity, this includes learning how to tone our own paper. Kate will offer hands-on guidance each step of the way.  This environment is to build technical skills while, at the same time, being free to follow our hearts on what we are visually and artistically attracted to.
 
Throughout the course, we will be submersing ourselves in the rich history of Rome – visiting museums, churches, and much-revered landmarks to discuss techniques, ideas, and inspiration.

 

Kate Zambrano

Kate Zambrano

Instructor

FAQ

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WHAT IS THE REQUIRED SKILL LEVEL FOR THIS WORKSHOP?

All levels are welcome. Some basic life drawing experience is helpful.

HOW MANY HOURS DO WE SPEND EACH DAY IN THE STUDIO?

We will be in the studio approximately 5-6 hours. In addition to the time in the studio we will be going to look at some of the amazing art around Rome together.