Learn a structural approach to drawing the head and hands, using basic form building blocks to better understand and draw portraits, the lower arm, hands, and fingers. Developing a structural concept of the human form gives you clear anatomical landmarks to look for when starting a drawing and can even serve as a guide when drawing figures from your imagination. The class will be taught with lectures, demonstrations, and drawing from a live model.
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Term: Fall 2022
Suggested Ages: 18+
4 sessions: $192.00; Capacity: 8
Students can work in pencil, charcoal, or other drawing media. Pencil and charcoal materials are listed here. CHARCOAL • Medium or soft vine charcoal sticks (4 - 12 sticks) • General's Charcoal Pencils: HB, 2B (1 or 2 of each) • If you work on toned paper: General's White Charcoal Pencil or White Pastel Pencil (not a white colored pencil which is too waxy to work with charcoal) • Sanding pad (for sharpening charcoal pencils and vine charcoal- I highly recommend the Nitram Sanding Block over the regular small “tear off” sandpaper block. Fine sandpaper can also be used. (http://www.dickblick.com/products/nitram-sharpening-bloc/) • Straight Razor blade (for sharpening charcoal pencils-can be purchased at a hardware store. Sold in packs of 5 or more, usually used for paint scrapers. A box cutter can work as well but I recommend a straight razor blade.) Paper For Charcoal: • Canson Mi-Teinte Pastel Paper (It comes in a variety of colors of 25.5" x 19.5" sheets. Get 2-3 sheets of light grey, tan or medium blue. Charcoal papers have a tooth to them that catches and holds the charcoal.) Fabriano charcoal paper is also good. PENCIL • Pencils: H, HB, 2B (1 of each: “H” pencils are harder, “B” pencils are softer.) Pencil Sharpener or straight razor blade for sharpening pencils. • Strathmore 400 Series 18” x 24” “Drawing” Pad • You could also try loose paper: Bristol Plate Smooth Finish (2 or 3 ply) DRAWING BOARD: CAW does provide drawing boards, however you might want to bring your own to ensure you have a smooth, clean drawing surface. You drawing board needs to be larger than your paper size. I recommend a simple piece of masonite, gator board, or 1/2” foam core. • Two Large 2" Black Paper Clamps or bulldog clips (for clipping paper to board) • Straight, thin knitting needle or stick (for measuring) • Kneaded eraser and/or vinyl “pencil” eraser RECOMMENDED: • Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating or similar (for fixing charcoal drawings at home) • Glasseine (for covering drawings in storage, especially charcoal – Glasseine is like tracing paper and can be bought in rolls. You can also buy a pad of tracing paper and use that as long as it’s acid-free.) • Portfolio for storing and transporting paper and drawings (do not roll your drawings!) • Sketchbook - for your own sketches and for taking notes