ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
Drawing from life offers opportunities for creating truly powerful work. A great portrait can convey the experience of being in the presence of another person. But how to set up, and start? How to build a strong foundation that supports the subtleties of the face? This three-day portrait drawing workshop is focused on understanding the way that we really see, and will give you core skills that will serve you at all levels of your artistic practice.
We will work on life-sized portrait 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.
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 representational art form.
Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary!
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.
$465 REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MARCH 11. NO EXCEPTIONS.
March 26–28, Sunday–Tuesday, 9 AM–4 PM.
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 payable to the Instructor. Please bring $13 on the first day for supplies and see the Supply List for more information on what to bring.