ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:
Do you feel like you run out of time and never get to finish a painting in class? Do you want to further explore a particular idea in your craft? Have you always wanted to take a figure class with guided and understandable procedures in a low key, friendly and encouraging environment? Do you just want to draw and paint from observation? Do I have a workshop for you!
This workshop will take you through a set of instructions that will help you achieve an observational likeness of the figure. These steps will help you analyze and see forms, lines and shapes as they are and not as we sometimes think they are. 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.
When it comes to observational painting and drawing the artist needs time with the subject to develop a full piece of art. This workshop will give the experienced artist the time and opportunity to expand beyond the traditional class study. Students who want a more guided experience, can explore the given instruction in order to complete a figure drawing/painting.
Class will start with a 10 minute warm up of drawing exercises. After a quick break the model will take a pose for the rest of the session.
The workshop will cover:
Paper/canvas and materials set up
Sight measuring the subject and other compositional elements
Blocking in the structure
Analyzing and assigning values
Rendering and color.
While observational likeness will be stressed, individual creative expression that pushes beyond the academic copy is encouraged.
Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary! Ages 12+
Sunday, March 17, 2024
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
$84 ($74 tuition + $10 model fee)
Sunday, June 9, 2024
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
*In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits in the painting studios. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scents of any kind. Learn more.
*Those with special needs and/or requests may email the registrar.
Please note that for workshops lasting all day there is a one-hour break from twelve noon to one PM. Students are invited to bring lunch and eat at the school or may go to any of the local dining establishments. The school does not provide lunch or refreshments.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Les Castellanos is a traditional painter, and art educator in the Hudson Valley. Mr. Castellanos was born in Peru and joined his family in New York at the age of eleven. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, he has received awards from the Art Students League, The Society of Illustrators, and The Art Director’s Club. In 1996 he was a Recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. During that time, Castellanos was a guest instructor at The School for the Visual Arts and was also part of an arts program for children at P.S. 22 funded in part by the New York Academy of Figurative Art, where he completed his Masters Degree.