DRAWING COURSE – FIGURE & PORTRAIT MODEL / PLASTER CAST / ANATOMICAL

DRAWING COURSE – FIGURE & PORTRAIT MODEL / PLASTER CAST / ANATOMICAL / LIFE MODEL / ANTIQUE SCULPTURE / PLASTER CAST / ANATOMICAL MODELS COURSE

 

Charcoal drawing from life model, Mehrnoosh, Seated Female, for Diana composition, P. Brad Parker

Life Model Mehrnosh, charcoal, by P. Brad Parker

This course consists of 13 four hour sessions ( day time ), or three hour sessions ( evening time ). The same pose, and intended Life Model, or Antique, or Modern Sculpture Plaster Figure / Portrait Bust, or Anatomical Model utilized each class session, to several class sessions through the 13 meetings. There will be a one half hour to one hour ( day ), or one half hour ( night ) review for the class after life model each session, making a total of four hours – ( day ), or three hours – ( night ). Additional optional limited workshop time is available without life model, to work on the drawing from Antique, or Modern Sculpture Plaster Figure / Portrait Bust, or Anatomical Model. Limited optional workshop time is available each week depending on the class, and particular week. Limited optional workshop time is included in the class price, but attendance is not required. Rescheduling the limited optional workshop is not possible after the timeslot is coordinated with the students for the semester. Students will focus on bone landmarks and major muscle groups while working to capture the action of the pose and characteristics of the model. Overall forms will be blocked in through observation of shapes, rhythms and interconnecting commensurate planes, leading to a simplified yet integrated drawing defining sculptural content, and sketch composition. This course will establish how to draw a person from a shape orientation method, as opposed to copying shadows, and light, which are not dependable factors in representing content.

 

$ 1200.00 for 13 sessions – Day- four hour each class.

 

$ 1200.00 for 13 sessions – Eve. – three hour each class.

 

The eye takes in information that the mind develops to realize subject and form. We only see what we think we know, and have learned to perceive. Through a series of exercises, students will begin the process of seeing dimensionally within a context of  related shapes. Because of this study, students will initiate the necessary skills to construct aesthetic form. Drawing study will comprise of study from a life model, or antique, or modern sculpture plaster figure / portrait bust, or anatomical model, utilized each class session.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

To develop perception of patterned shape

To develop the ability to take angles and proportions

To understand glyptek shape as it describes form

To develop turning rythems  to create an effective composition

To develop visual scale from life to the sculpture

To understand commensurate planes

To learn basic anatomy

Jean-Galbert Salvage (1770-1813) – engraving - Anatomie du gladiateur combatant

Jean-Galbert Salvage (1770-1813) – engraving – Anatomie du gladiateur combatant, applicable aux beaux arts, ou. Traité des os muscles, du mécanisme des mouvemens, des proportions et des caractères du corps humain – 1812. Of the Borghese Gladiator is signed on the pedestal by Agasias, son of Dositheus, Greek Hellenistic sculpture copy during the Greco-Roman period in the Louvre museum, Paris.

Participants are responsible for their own materials. A portable easel is suggested for use while attending, paper, and the participants joining the class course supply drawing materials. A drawing board with proper metal clips several on each of the four sides holding the paper. An alternative to using an easel is to hold a board at the portion on ones legs where they meet the torso, while seated in a chair. The board will then need to be taller than the paper in order to draw at the lower paper portion, away from ones torso, and legs. A thinner thickness Baltic Birch plywood (Baltic Birch hardwood plywood comes in a number of metric thickness size choice) is a good alternative to a heavy fir plywood if the board is going to sit on ones legs for hours. Also the Baltic Birch plywood board is less likely to warp over time compared to standard plywood, especially if the board is polyurethaned as well. Paper size should fit well within the outer border of the drawing board, but allow metal clips to hold the outer paper inch or two. Please ask for a supply list for paper, and drawing materials. Vine Charcoal (Willow Charcoal) thin straight sticks, Condensed / compressed Charcoal square sticks in a case (Charkole) for applying a tone to a good grade single sheet charcoal white paper, kneaded eraser, a light weight mall stick – straight – for sighting angles, a thin leather artist natural chamois, sandpaper stack on a rectangular flat stick – at art stores, etc… is some of the drawing material used. Please request a complete list of required materials.


Parking is free, there is plenty of space available for the model and students to park on the Square, as well as additional parking behind the townhouse in a private parking area.


Students will also have visual access to a unique and extensive collection. There are Anatomical Models, and European Female, Male Skeletons available for reference, some of which were produced in Germany from the earlier 20th century: dissections cast from life into hand painted plaster – a series of four levels of the head / neck – from surface to deeper level structures, and a plaster hand painted anatomical torso; anatomical models of various scale, plasters from N.Y.C. full body in sections of dissection from life, as well as European Antique Sculpture Plaster Casts, and Anatomical scale Figure Plasters. Classes of Sculpture, and Drawing will define what is sculpture, and what is drawing, theory, and practical application from a traditional art perspective, with content as influenced from Greek Classical, Greek Hellenistic, and the traditions developed in Renaissance, Baroque, Neo Classical, and Neo Hellenistic art.


Students of painting and drawing as well as those of sculpture will benefit from these courses. Through the study of anatomy, running rhythms, natural geometric shape type, shape projection (seeing three dimensionally from a single point of view), commensurate planes, balance, symmetry and asymmetry, the students will come to better understand the actual shapes of the bust or figure and to perceive the interrelationships which cause the figure or portrait to seem capable of function and movement. The instructor will point out specific shape types in the model and demonstrate how every large shape is reflected in each smaller part of the head or figure. Structural anatomy and the balance of weight and mass will be studied in depth. An understanding of the large masses as a base for smaller details will be strongly emphasized and, subsequently, the bust or figure will seem more natural and clearly ordered. Shadows will be used as a tool to reveal shape instead of hiding it. As a result of the course, students will become less likely to do work which appears oversimplified, disjointed or appear cartoon like. Individual styles may be achieved later by choice rather than by mistake.


More advanced classes available.

Private Sculpture Studio, Drawing & Sculpture Classes, By Appointment – Open Drawing & Sculpture Group Sessions, Commissioned Portrait Bust Sculpture, Fountain Sculpture, Figure Sculpture, & Relief Sculpture Compositions. Private Gallery of exhibited sculpture, by appointment only.

Parker Studio of Structural Sculpture
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