ABOUT THIS CLASS
“Before you start drawing, sit on your hands for 30 seconds”. This is the best advice anyone ever gave about drawing and painting. In order to be able to draw and paint from the figure you first need to learn to see. This class will take you through a sequential set of visual exercises. They will help you draw what you see and not what you think you see. When we draw and paint the figure our brain fools us into making marks that are not really there. We use images and symbols that we are familiar with, instead of using our natural ability for visual comparison.
We will work with movement and rhythm which is essential to bring the figure to life during longer drawing and painting sessions. We will work with negative shapes to help us with outline and foreshortening.
The class will work with charcoal, pencil, paint and we will even throw in some pastel and watercolor just to keep everyone on their toes. Moving from medium to medium will help us focus on the figure and keep us from being too stylized.
We will cover anatomy, including how to construct the head and torso. Breaking down the figure into basic building forms will help us come up with our own visual schematics. This will help us keep our drawing in proportion and realistic. We will also cover illustration from start to finish including how to take reference shots, using props, drawing the sketches and thumbnails and bringing it to a full rendered painting.
We will learn to sight measure and work with different color schemes and palettes. Starting with a limited palette and growing into a full spectrum palette.
This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to approach the figure. Great for beginning students looking to develop a portfolio as well as seasoned artists ready to challenge themselves with the human form. Each four week session builds upon the last but can also be taken on their own.
Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary! Ages 12+
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Thompson Family Foundation Scholarship for this class. You may download a scholarship application here, fill it out electronically and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please enter “SCHOLARSHIP” in the subject line. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill in the form electronically. If you don’t already have it, download it for free here. Alternately, you may print it and return it by postal mail to:
In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, 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.
$200/4 consecutive classes ($160 Tuition + $40 model fee). Students may register at any time.
Saturdays, 9 AM–12 Noon
Those with special needs and/or requests may email the registrar.
The school does not provide lunch or refreshments.