Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Classes at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.

New classes at Gage Academy of Art this coming (Spring) semester.

Intermediate Figure Drawing:
In this class we work on large-scale drawings of the figure in charcoal.
I made 4x5 foot drawing boards and students work on drawings on brown paper, stumping and highlighting with white chalk.
It's a great way to combine your drawing approach with your painting technique.
Attention is paid to gesture, balance, anatomy and form and the experience of making large drawings allows students to describe the features of the figure in a way that feels very natural. Frequent demos, explanations of anatomy and light and shade take place in every class.

Portrait Painting in Oils:
Students work on portraits in oils, initially in a limited (warm/cool) palette and then with a more extended palette (with premixed tints with plenty of explanation about their use) and then finally with a full palette.
There are demos in every class. Homework assignments explore the works of the masters through copying assignments and direct vs. indirect painting methods are also explored throughout the course.

Figure Painting in Oils:
This Class is a combination of the above listed drawing class in terms of the method of simplifying and blocking in the figure combined with the use of color and many of the methods of the portrait class.
Additionally there are detailed descriptions of the figure through classroom demos and suggested homework assignments. From simple blocking-in,  to using and understanding colors in a systematic way -the end result will be that you will find yourself drawing with the paint while working from the figure in a way that feels like a natural extension of your drawing practice.

Perspective for Artists:
All of the usual issues of perspective drawing are thoroughly covered in this course.
Additionally tone, temperature and atmosphere, light and shade, shadows, composition and edge qualities are explored in depth through the use of sepia wash.
Dual temperature (warm/cool) wash drawings with white opaque highlighting are eventually accomplished and students learn to use perspective while trusting their instincts as painters and developing their knowledge of the history of perspective and its real-world application for painters.
A short lecture with projections and overlays which reveal perspective schema, old master copies and work from nature are part of every class.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Teaching at Path with Art. Seattle, WA.

Path with Art is a Seattle based outreach program which offers multi-disciplinary art instruction, free of charge, to people who are struggling with the unique challenges of homelessness, addiction and mental illness.
I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them last year, when I taught a self portrait drawing class. It was a great experience and I made a few friends for life.
I now have the honor of working with this organization again and will be teaching an Introduction to Watercolor class this term.
I'm sure that this will be one of the best teaching experiences I have this year and I'm very honored to have been asked.
Read more about this great organization here: www.pathwithart.org