Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Summer Classes. Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.

 Tabitha Brown and other students at work, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle. 

End of Summer, Beginning of Fall
A great Summer was had by myself and, I hope, my students this year.
I taught courses in large scale figure drawing, long pose portrait drawing, intro to portrait drawing, long pose figure drawing, two courses in figure painting, one on 19th century approaches to painting, another on Baroque and Rococo techniques and one on Caravaggio and his followers and two workshops (portrait anatomy and one on a specific tonal approach to portrait drawing).
Each course and workshop covered a lot of information through instructor demonstrations, extensive hand outs and online home study assignments which students can work with during the week to review concepts and practice.

My new classes, for Fall 2013, are:
Foundation Figure Drawing
Weds, Fri 1:30-4:30 pm
Gage Academy of Art
Seattle, WA
This Fall I will be teaching Foundation Figure Drawing, which meets twice a week (Wednesday and Friday afternoons) and I am really looking forward to getting to go into greater depth concerning ways to put a figure drawing together. The additional day to practice should make it much easier for students to gain a greater understanding of the basics and beyond.
"We master the basics and then we break new ground."-Nelson Shanks
Portrait Drawing
Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm
Gage Academy of Art 

A thorough course in understanding the planes and anatomy of the head and how to render the portrait in the tonal mediums of charcoal and pastel pencils on tinted paper.
Students work with planar head models and diagrams which explain what they are seeing as they render the live model every week.
Lots of study materials provided in handouts and online study assignments.
Portrait Painting in Oils
Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm
Gage Academy of Art

A course which covers the basics of rendering a portrait in oils.
Working from a portrait model every week, optional home study assignments, handouts and demonstrations at the outset of almost every session get the ideas across and students never fail to get excited as they see real improvements in their work and their understanding grows.

Figure Painting in Oil
Saturdays, 2-5pm

 A new offering for Saturday afternoons.
Students will get to work under natural light on long figure poses in oils!



Monday, April 8, 2013

Classes at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.


It's been a great Winter with all the students working very hard on their drawings and paintings and growing as artists.
I'm very much looking forward to working with many of them again this quarter.
The courses that I will be teaching at Gage this quarter are as follows:

Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:30pm
Beginning with rapid block-in exercises, students become relaxed with drawing the figure directly in oils in a limited palette.
The goal is to accurately record the gesture, balance and proportions and separate the figure into large simple, clear shapes.
After doing this a number of times the poses get longer and a couple colors at a time get added as students have more time to paint smaller plane changes and detail.
Short, explanatory, instructor demos begin nearly every class and get things rolling.

Thursday mornings 9:30am-12:30 pm

Beginning with exercises that explain the use of tone and line to convey depth, students gradually add the components of linear perspective to their work.
One-point, two-point and three-point perspective are covered as is the use of perspective in still life, portraiture and figure drawing.
A gradual immersion and one that is, at all times, geared toward image-making.

Friday evenings 6:30-9:30pm
In this course students begin with simple exercises on proportions and tonal rendering.
Mastering the basics is what it is all about and the lessons from each class are always repeated in every subsequent class.
The ideas are progressive and each lesson builds on the previous ones.
Clear assignments on the head and features go into detail so that students are aware of exactly what they are looking at, where it is in space, what shape it is and how to render it in a clear and pleasing manner.

(Elizabeth Zanzinger at work, below)

Saturday mornings 10:00am-1:00pm

In this course students cover all the basics of painting a head in oils.
Plane changes, features and how to render them using tone and color are covered repeatedly throughout the course.
Explanatory instructor demos begin almost every session.
Optional homework assignments reinforce the weeks lessons and point to what's ahead in class.
Below are examples of weekly homework assignments executed by students.

We cover the use of a limited and full palette in class as well as introduce some glazing ideas at the end.
A popular and fun course and a great way to get your weekend off to a good start and get in some learning and painting time.

(Student Aron Hart at work, below) 

Saturday afternoons 2:00-5:00pm

A single pose for the full quarter gives students the chance to do a preparatory drawing, a small oil study and finally a formal portrait (at whatever scale they like).
It's perfect for beginners or experienced painters as it covers a lot of information about form, composition, rendering and color.
Thank you!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Advanced Classes at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.

Saturday afternoons at Gage Academy of Art
Seattle, WA

In this course students are given the chance to work from the portrait model for a 10 week long pose and thoroughly explore the model through the creation of preliminary drawings, studies and finally a formal portrait painting in oils .
No experience in necessary and fundamental concepts of drawing and painting as well as how to handle paints are covered throughout.
2:00-5:00 pm
1/19 - 3/23
Gage Academy of Art