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11/01/2021

Online Course: The Joy of Watercolor #3

“The Joy of Watercolor” is becoming a classic course for the students that want learn, perfect or practice this medium while creating a variety of landscapes. Color theory and color mixing, even washes and gradations, textures, layering, wet on wet, wet on dry and dry brush are some of the techniques that we will discuss and practice during this six- three hours weekly sessions of “Landscapism”, a way to escape from it all spend a few hours painting, learning and socializing.
10/29/2021

Open Drawing Sessions | The Pelvis, from Skeleton to Skin

This 2 hour, online session, explores the pelvis, starting with the skeleton and gradually building up the muscles layers and the external forms. It is very important, for the figurative artist that wants to understand the sense of movement, stability and instability of a pose, to study the pelvis, this central volume of the body from where ribcage and legs stem, and site of center of balance. In addition to the anatomical and structural art of the pelvis, we will also create a few sketches of the external forms of this part of the body to better connect anatomy with figure drawing.
10/28/2021

Drawing with… Goya!

Goya’s sketches can be satirical, comic, tragic, political, fantastic. These quick vignettes, are masterfully executed and are delightful to copy. In this session of “Drawing with…” we will copy a few of his pen and ink quick monochromatic sketches that depict funny naughty old witches, people busy performing daily tasks, comical scenes. We will start drawing the scene in pencil, then use brown ink or watercolor washes for the main values and then refine the figures with pen and ink or a thin brush. You can also use this method to create quick compositional and tonal studies for your own artwork.
10/23/2021

Online Course | Figure Drawing Foundation

Figure Drawing Foundation This course is specifically designed for the students that want to approach the practice of figure drawing systematically, starting from a solid foundation that can later give them access to more advanced and specific courses on the figure. During this six, online sessions course, of the duration of 3 hours each, the students will practice...
10/20/2021

Open Drawing Sessions | Facial Features

ODS 25, Facial features This Open Drawing Session is dedicated to the exploration of the facial features that will be at first discussed and drawn considering their typical proportions and correct positioning on the face and head, then with a number of quick sketches from various angles and foreshortenings, exploring a few of the infinite creative possibilities that the facial features and facial expressions can offer to artists. A good occasion to brush up on this subject or to win the “natural” hesitation we might have about drawing this complex but satisfying topic. Materials Graphite pencils in HB-2B, and or colored pencils in red earth (burnt Sienna or Venetian red, Indian red, sanguine…), brown, black. Good –decent quality drawing paper such as Strathmore, Canson, Legion. The paper can be white or tone, your choice. Easer, pencil sharpeners.
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.
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