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10/20/2021

Drawing with… John Singer Sargent!

Drawing with Sargent Choosing a few of John Singer Sargent’s drawings to use as subject for this session of “Drawing with…” was really hard, I felt like a kid in a candy store, surrounded by delicious stuff and not being able to decide what to pick. John Singer Sargent worked in oil, watercolor, charcoal, mastering all these media to the highest level and creating a great number of artworks, all of them beautiful. This Drawing Session is dedicated to copying two or three of his charcoal drawings, to study his technique and to practice drawing with this versatile and luscious medium. Materials: Charcoal in sticks and pencils, my favorite brands are Nitram for the charcoal in sticks, medium and soft (B-2B) and General’s compressed charcoal pencils, medium, soft and extra soft. A pad of Strathmore Charcoal paper in white, kneaded eraser, sand paper. You can also use any charcoal brand you already have or your favorite paper you already use for charcoal but I would not use willow charcoal for this session because it not the best choice for this type of drawings.
10/16/2021

Open Drawing Sessions | Creative Figure Drawing… Again!

Creative Figure Drawing again! ODS #24 The recent Creative Figure Drawing session was quite fun, so, let’s do it again! In this drawing Session, we will keep exploring creative and expressive ways to visualize the figure working from photos, using a variety of media: charcoal, conte or cretacolor sticks, graphite, pen and ink, watercolor washes. Bring also a few pieces of drawing and watercolor paper and be ready to hone your technical skills and try some new ones.
10/15/2021

Online Course | Portrait Drawing

This course is specifically designed to give the students interested in portraiture, a solid foundation on the subject. In this six sessions, online course, the participant will work from photographic references creating a number of portraits in a variety of dry media and techniques: graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, Conte crayons, reduction technique, Trois Crayon technique, pen and ink with water media washes. The students will also be encouraged to work from life preparing self-portraits or portraits of family and friends as homework assignment, continuing practicing the techniques studied in class and further develop technical skills. The techniques we will practice during these 6 weekly sessions, each lasting 2:30 hours, include those that are traditionally used for portraiture to obtain a good level of realism and detail but also quick preliminary sketches to study subject and composition, utilizing also modern approaches and materials such as markers, ballpoint pen and so on.
10/13/2021

Drawing with… Pontormo!

An ongoing show at the MET is honoring the Mannerists, a group of artists active in Italy in the 16th century, between the high Renaissance and the Baroque. Jacopo Carrucci, aka Pontormo, is one of my favorite artists of this short lived yet revolutionary period. During this 2:30 hours online session, we will copy and study a few drawings by Jacopo da Pontormo, appreciating his uniquely expressive style, full of pathos and dynamism, a great way to prepare for a visit to the MET, where you can find some of his original works exhibited.
10/13/2021

Figure Drawing Workshops in Person: Nude in Lambertville!

During the workshop, we will practice a variety of drawing techniques, such as graphite pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, Conte crayon but watercolor is also welcome. The poses will vary in length, from quick gestural poses to longer ones.
10/13/2021

Open Drawing Sessions | Drawing the Head, 3/4 view

This Open Drawing Session is dedicated to the head in 3/4 view. In previous ODS sessions we focused on the front and side view of the head, focusing on its typical proportions and proper positioning of the facial features. Drawing the head in a ¾ view will expand and refine our understanding of the volumes and proportions of the head.
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