Practice Sessions #1

June 4 - July 9 | Fridays 7-8.30PM

180 US$

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Practice Sessions” is a new series of courses directed to students that want to further practice and develop their skills in a variety of techniques and media.

The course is organized in 6 sessions, each of the duration of 1 ½ hours, during which the students will draw along with me as I draw or paint, demonstrating techniques and measuring methods for figure drawing, figure anatomy techniques and so on.

The first course is dedicated to Figure Anatomy, and it is an excellent practice for the students that want to refine the realism of figure drawing skills and particularly useful to those that want to keep practicing the notions learned in an Anatomy for Artists class or book, and apply them to the practice of figure drawing.

In this first course, we will virtually “dissect” and conceptualize a few figures, rendering them as basic volumes to study the effect of the light on the form, visualize the skeleton to understand the structural characteristics of the figure, create a 2D ecorche’ of the superficial muscular layers and a final figure drawing to practice tonal rendering.


Zoom: (I will set up a short Zoom session to discuss the materials needed and also practice connecting via Zoom).

Drawing paper: a pad of Strathmore Drawing, series 400, 12” by 18” or 11” by 14” or Strathmore Bristol vellum surface series 300, 11” by 14”; Strathmore charcoal paper toned, 12” by 18”. You can also use or experiment with any other brand and type of paper you like or have: Canson, Fabriano, etc. or buy paper by the sheet.

Compressed Charcoal in sticks and pencils. General's is a good and cheap brand. White chalk in pencils or sticks, General's again makes a very good and cheap chalk pencil. Vine charcoal in square sticks, preferably Nitram in soft and medium gradation (B and HB). Graphite pencils in HB-2B-4B gradations will suffice.

Blending stump, erasers (mars plastic, kneaded eraser, Chamois, General’s Factis mechanical eraser or Tombows Mono Zero mechanical eraser.

Red, black and white Conte crayon pastel or colored pencils. The red should be an earth red such as Venetian red or Indian red. And finally, sharpening tools and sand paper.