New to figure drawing or need a refresher? Through short demonstrations and individual coaching, students will learn a step-by-step approach to drawing the figure that includes blocking in the basic shapes, checking proportions, and analyzing light and shadow. Some structural concepts will also be discussed, including body symmetry and simple forms. Students will be drawing in pencil or charcoal from a nude model in the studio.
Term: Fall 2021
Suggested Ages: 18+
2 sessions: $125.00; Capacity: 15
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. PAPER • Strathmore 400 Series 18” x 24” “Drawing” Pad • You could also try loose paper: Bristol Plate Smooth Finish (2 or 3 ply) OTHER ITEMS • 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