Portrait drawing intensive       

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  1 april—2 april, 2017|  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

the southern atelier

7226 21st St. E. Sarasota, Florida 34243

This structured, two—day long (approximately a 8 hour pose) course will offer students a unique opportunity to engage, interpret and create a compelling drawing of the head and shoulders from life. Throughout the development of the long pose drawing, participants will be guided—by means of descriptions and demonstrations—on planar head landmarks, light and tonal effects on the flesh, construction and how perspective alters the appearance of structure, comprehending/interpreting form through dynamic mark making and expressive feature drawing. Criticism will exist in the form of lecture demonstrations (for planning and troubleshooting) and in one on one exchanges.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: The Southern atelier


The Portrait in Red Chalk         

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  8 april—9 april, 2017|  9:00 A.M.—4:00 P.M.

STUDIO INCAMMINATI

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

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

This historically based drawing workshop examines 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 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 provide a strong foundation for developing more proficient life drawing skills. Additional time to prepare the paper is required.

An evening demonstration in red chalk on Saturday, April 8, 2017 is included.

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. 1122-188, which 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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT STUDIO INCAMMINATI


Premier coup:  painting the pORTRAIT from life     

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

north river arts society

157 old main street, p.o. box 307, marshfield hills, ma 02051

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

Premier coup, which is the painting exercise known to have been practiced within William Merritt Chase’s studio at the Art Students League of New York (circa 1900) is a painting created in a single sitting. Throughout this workshop, students of portraiture will address the challenge of how to depict a head in oil, from life. Each session will introduce a different model—generally costumed—where students will experiment with techniques for developing planar and head construction, color harmony and how to model features. The analysis of brushwork as a powerful editing tool will be covered by lecture demonstrations from the instructor. Participants will walk away with an ability to discern a higher clarity of form even within photographs of their subjects, as they promote a more holistic understanding of the representational portrait. 

3 DAY WORKSHOP

FOR more INFORMATION and a materials list, please contact: North River Arts Society
 


Exploring Facial Expression Through Drawing

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  29 april—30 april, 2017|  10:00 A.M.—5:00 P.M. Sat, 11:00 A.M.—6:00 P.M. sUn

the new york academy of art

111 Franklin Street, New York, NY  10013

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: The New York academy of art


figure drawing from life 

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  12 may—15 may, 2017|  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

the loveland atelier 

105 w 2nd St, loveland, co 80537

This workshop has been created for students of the figure who are motivated to improve their proficiency in making dynamic, accomplished drawings from life. The first day of the course will focus everyone’s attention on gesture as a force of exquisite means in long pose.  Students will then be presented with a three session pose, during which a platform of learning will be demonstrated.  The workshop will then lead participants through an array of observational and structural disciplines, demonstrating drawing techniques that can translate observed phenomena into comprehensive surfaces, informed by anatomical clues.  As the drawings are pushed, nuances will arise from comprehending the tactile nature of organic human form.  The overall exercise is intended to better facilitate a path toward decoding the mysteries of the figure and enhance design decisions in ongoing drawing from life.

4 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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: The Loveland ATelier


DRAWING THE PORTRAIT IN RED CHALK

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  21 & 28 may and 4 & 11 june, 2017|  10:00 A.M.—5:00 P.M.

CHELSEA CLASSICAL STUDIO 

526 W 26TH STREET (BETWEEN 10TH & 11TH AVE) SUITE #415, NEW YORK, NY 10001

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. 

4 DAY WORKSHOP ON CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS

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:  CHELSEA CLASSICAL STUDIO SCHOOL OF FINE ART