composition and design     

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  24 july—28 july, 2017|  9:00 A.M.—4:00 P.M.

STUDIO INCAMMINATI

340 NORTH 12TH STREET, SUITE 400, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

Participants learn to articulate a vocabulary for composition by analyzing an array of ideas from luminaries on the subject. Students then study static and dynamic applications of balance, the use of visual perception, abstract design, cropping, tonal/value massing within a set rectangular space as well as how to capitalize on the existing proportional harmonies within specific rectangles. Exercises put varying ideas to the test, from early 19-century “laws” to contemporary strategies.

Single or multi-figure poses are planned for each session. Through either drawing or painting, students can expect to gather a comprehensive series of references—articulated by their studies and informed by side discussions, demos and life sessions.

PARTICIPANTS WILL CREATE A MINIMUM OF FIVE STUDIES.

Painting Demonstration The workshop includes a three-hour painting demonstration 6 -9 p.m, Wednesday, July 26.

5 DAY WORKSHOP

To register, obtain a supply list, or FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: STUDIO INCAMMINATI


the figure in silverpoint     

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  19 august—20 august, 2017|  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

the art league

105 north union street, Alexandria, va 22314

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

This course investigates the medieval drawing technique of metal point. As a delicate and indelible media, silverpoint drawing teaches students about the purity of line - isolated on a smooth, prepared drawing surface. Students also gain insight into pre-graphite era drawing. Students learn to float their image and develop hatch marks. Examples of masterworks, such as those of A. Legros, are referenced. Studies in the figure enable each participant to become part of the resurgence of interest in silverpoint within contemporary figure art. Model fees extra.

2 DAY WORKSHOP

FOR more INFORMATION and a materials list, please contact: the art league school
 


draw the portrait/sculpt the portrait

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  21 august—23 august, 2017|  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

the art league

105 north union street, Alexandria, va 22314

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

This cross-disciplinary workshop focuses on the ability to interpret form. The lessons are geared toward intermediate level studies and are recommended for students who have some experience with long pose drawing. For each of the three days, the course begins with sculpture; students model life sized portraiture, in the round. The second half of each day involves a long pose graphite portrait. Students learn the importance of correlating tonality in pencil with planar form. Students also transform their sense of landmark structures in the human face and address hatch marks differently, from life sittings. Model fees extra. .

3 DAY WORKSHOP

FOR more INFORMATION and a materials list, please contact: The Art league school


DRAWING THE PORTRAIT IN RED CHALK

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  28 october—29 october, 2017|  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

o'connor art studios 

2316 university blvd, tuscaloosa, AL 35401

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE

This historically based drawing workshop will examine the portrait in red chalk and red crayon on hand-toned paper.  In an extended portrait pose, participants will learn about mark making—particularly hatch mark as they discover the differences in binding media and their potential applications.  Students will build up their pieces to describe nuances of features in the human face after chiseling the major planes.  Contour, linear characteristics, editing forms and insights offered by the instructor should provide a strong foundation upon which to develop more proficient life drawing skills.  Additional time in order to prepare the paper will be required. 

Drawing Demonstration The workshop includes a three-hour drawing demonstration 6 -9 p.m, Friday, October 27.

2 DAY WORKSHOP 

DRAWING MATERIALS:

  • Eraserstik, pink pearl eraser (for erasing through the tone - kneaded erasers are too weak for this)
  • kneaded eraser
  • drawing boards and large clips/clamps
  • roll of masking tape
  • A "chalky" pencil:  Stabilo CarbOthello pastel pencil (terra cotta/earth red color(s) examples: no. 655, 675 or Conte pastel pencil- red earth (as close to the color of the waxy pencil as possible)


    A "waxy" pencil:  Sanford Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils- earth red color(s) (Terra Cotta, no. 745 1/2) or similar

    (In a typical art store,  look for all the "earth red" colors...rubbing the tips of various pencils on a throw way piece of paper; arrive at 4 or 5 similar colored "pencils".  For example, a CarbOthello earth red/orange, no. 1400/675 "pastel pencil" can then be swapped out for a Faber-Castell PITT PASTEL, no. 1122-188which is slightly darker; a Conte Sanguine pencil (not stick) can also be used, prior to the waxy (more permanent) material:  The Verithin (listed above), Cretacolor Sanguine (2) 462 02, a KOH-I-NOOR Progresso 8750-22, a Faber Colorama 8013 and/or a DIXON 386 solid red crayon. The contemporary term, 'mixed media' applies to red chalk) 

  • blending stump

PAPER: 

  • A 1" cheap bristle brush for toning paper
  • 1 throwaway plastic tray
  • 1 small tube of ultramarine blue watercolor
  • 1 small tube of raw umber watercolor
  • 31x41" GUTENBERG LAID  – “mouldmade from 100% high alpha cellulose; laid surface with 4 deckles. Light tan speckled with brown. Neutral pH”*; 130 or 180 gsm weight (not the lightweight variety); 1 - 2 sheets

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT: O'connor art studios


Exploring Facial Expression Through Drawing

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  2 december—3 december, 2017|  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

the art league

105 north union street, Alexandria, va 22314

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

This portrait drawing workshop studies the aesthetic changes which take place in a model’s facial expression. Using four different poses over two days, focusing on a variety of expressions, students learn about landmarks in the face and how to modify their relationships to describe the details of features within major planes. Tonality utilized in this context greatly affects the degree of expression and leads to dialog about over/under modeling as well as unity of expression. Instructor insights provide a strong foundation upon which to develop more proficient life drawing skills.

2 DAY WORKSHOP

MATERIALS:

Graphite pencil is the concentration.  Specifics include:

GRAPHITE PENCIL & PAPER: 

  • Mitsu-Bishi “Hi-Uni” graphite drawing pencils (4H, 2H, HB, F, 2B, 4B)
  • Strathmore 400 white/cream drawing paper, 18x24” (brown cover, 80lb. weight)
  • blending stump
  • kneaded eraser
  • tape
  • drawing board
  • 2 large “alligator” clip large enough to clip the board to an easel

To register, obtain a supply list, or FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: The Art league school