ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
This two-day figure drawing workshop is focused on understanding the way that we really see, and will give you core skills for creating a powerful image from life.
We will work on long-pose nude drawings in the WSA’s beautiful north light studios, using a naturalistic, sculptural approach that would have been central to the practice of great painters for centuries, including Titian, Velazquez and John Singer Sargent. Standing back from our work, we will keep the impression of the whole drawing balanced at each stage to create a unified image. We will learn to break the process down into logical steps, building a solid foundation of values and shapes for the layers of later, finer work. Along the way we will explore principles of chiaroscuro and composition that are transferable across a wide range of media.
You will make (a minimum of) two charcoal figure drawings, and some sketches in any drawing medium of your choice.
This workshop is ideal as a backbone for painting, or simply as an introduction to (or refresher for) drawing, giving you tools essential for almost any visual art form.
Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary!
A note on the materials:
Charcoal is a perfect drawing medium as a preparation for painting; it can be smudged, layered and easily pushed around or removed, and deep blacks and varied textures can be achieved. We will be using a high-quality charcoal that can be sharpened to a point and comes in three grades of hardness for various uses. A ‘laid’ paper will be used (this refers to the surface texture created by a wire grid onto which the pulp is poured) that can hold enough charcoal dust on its surface to create richness of tone, and that is robust enough to take repeated reworking without disintegration. These are included in the materials fee. Please see the Supply List for more information on what to bring.
The Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. Learn more.
August 19–20, Saturday–Sunday, 9 AM–4 PM.