painting the figure
JuLY 19, 2021 – juLY 30, 2021
This workshop develops the artist’s ability to represent the figure in pictorial space. The drawings are based on observation from life with attention to proportional accuracy, foreshortening and the use of form and cast shadows. Students are taught a system directly related to perspective, major planes and geometric mass conceptions.
An introductory study of the bones and muscles will enhance figurative drawing ability and skills. Students will gain a mastery of realistic painting and develop a classical approach to the figure. Students will address composition, perspective, focal point and value pattern.
Students will then be encouraged, while working from the live model, to draw and paint what they see in terms of what they know. There will be plenty of individual instruction as well as group critiques and lectures. I will do numerous demonstrations outlining all stages of the paintings and drawings beginning with placement, anatomical landmarks, shadow shape construction, value relationships, paint quality and warm and cool color.
We will discuss masterworks, particularly 17, 18 and 19 century European painting and have planned excursions in Rome. As a group we will consider how these works relate to our individual ideas about our own painting and to understand why they have stood the test of time.
This course is open to students of all levels.
*Gesture – action or rhythm of a pose
*Proportion – 7 ½ head Academic proportion – proportionate height to width – the relationship of perspective to the figure
*Construction – this is done through comparisons of position, lengths and the study of angles; asking questions relevant to your work as it passes through stages
*Modeling – constructing the pattern of the shadow since light reveals form
*Characteristics of Chiaroscuro lighting – form shadow, cast shadow, middle tone, light area, highlight – the fundamentals of light and shadow
*Drawing the Portrait – a procedural approach to drawing a head
*Value Relationships – positive and negative shapes, atmospheric perspective and contrast
* Warm and Cool Color – Warm color advances – Cool color recedes
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this workshop. If you have a question that isn’t addressed in the workshop description or these faqs, use the “Ask a Question” button and we will be happy to get you the information!
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED SKILL LEVEL FOR THIS WORKSHOP?
All levels are welcome. Some basic life drawing experience is helpful.
IS IT LEGAL TO FLY WITH OIL PAINTS?
It is legal to fly with oil paints in your checked baggage. Solvent, on the other hand, is not. We will provide all necessary solvents and mediums.
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.