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!