structural Portrait drawing

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  11 January—12 january, 2019 |  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

southern atelier

7226 21st St. E. Sarasota, Florida 34243

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PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

Living Master Dan Thompson is known throughout the world as a leading Instructor of Life Drawing. His approachable and informative style of teaching is a joy for students of all levels who want to take their work to the next level. This foundational class will bring solidity and structure to ones figurative works through the application of clear conceptual understanding.

This workshop has been created for students of life drawing and portraiture who are motivated to enhance their seeing as they strive to better understand the human figure.  Students will experience a series of lessons, revolving around drawing the head and shoulders, from direct observation.  Using the same pose, the workshop will underscore complimentary drawing techniques that can translate observed phenomena into comprehensive surfaces, informed by structural anatomy.  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 student drawing from life.

2 DAY WORKSHOP

FOR more INFORMATION and a materials list, please contact: The Southern Atelier


structural figure drawing

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  19 January—20 january, 2019 |  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

southern atelier

7226 21st St. E. Sarasota, Florida 34243

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PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

Living Master Dan Thompson is known throughout the world as a leading Instructor of Life Drawing. His approachable and informative style of teaching is a joy for students of all levels who want to take their work to the next level. This foundational class will bring solidity and structure to ones figurative works through the application of clear conceptual understanding.

This workshop has been created for students of life drawing and portraiture who are motivated to enhance their seeing as they strive to better understand the human figure.  Students will experience a series of lessons, revolving around drawing the head and shoulders, from direct observation.  Using the same pose, the workshop will underscore complimentary drawing techniques that can translate observed phenomena into comprehensive surfaces, informed by structural anatomy.  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 student drawing from life.

2 DAY WORKSHOP

FOR more INFORMATION and a materials list, please contact: The Southern Atelier


Musculoskeletal Gross Anatomy for the Figurative Artist

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  8 february—11 february, 2019 |  10:00 A.M.—3:00 P.M.

the art students league of new york

215 west 57th street, new york, ny 10019

Please note: Meets at Weill Cornell Gross Anatomy Laboratory, 1300 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065

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PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

This course will build upon the previous workshop at Weill Cornell. It may involve longer drawing opportunities and a chance to develop more finished and carefully studied forms from Cornell’s anatomical laboratory. All levels from the Art Students League of New York community are welcome.

This course presents the study of anatomy as a convergence between anatomical and structural drawing. Motivated students of representational art will have unparalleled opportunities for developing detailed anatomical knowledge through their work in Cornell College of Medicine’s anatomy lab, where they will explore the complexities of the body through the study of prosections and cadavers. Prosections are specially prepared human anatomical specimens, wrapped in a damp preservative, as well as plastinated specimens, which allow for the study of deeper and more isolated anatomical structure. Through laboratory drawing, participating students will become more familiar with the manner of interlocking deeper forms– forms which are not typically clear on anatomical models (due to the haphazard ways that art school skeletons are wired together). Ultimately, students will work towards achieving greater anatomical clarity and validity in their drawing studies, which will be applied to creating higher quality figurative work in the visual arts.

4 DAY WORKSHOP

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A MATERIALS LIST, PLEASE CONTACT: The Art students League of NY


exploring facial expression through drawing

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  23 march—24 august, 2019 |  11:00 A.M.—6:00 P.M.

the new york academy of art

111 franklin street, new york, ny 10013

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PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

Taught by Academy Faculty and CFA Chair, Dan Thompson, this portrait drawing workshop will study the aesthetic changes which take place in a model’s facial expression.  The plan is to use four different poses over two days, focusing on a variety of expressions.  Students will 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 will greatly affect the degree of expression and lead to dialog about over/under modeling as well as unity of expression.  Insights offered by the instructor should provide a strong foundation upon which to develop more proficient life drawing skills.

2 DAY WORKSHOP

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A MATERIALS LIST, PLEASE CONTACT: The New York Academy of art


Planar Modeling: Drawing And Painting The Head

WITH DAN THOMPSON  |  17 august—18 august, 2019 |  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

the art league

105 north union street, Alexandria, va 22314

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PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

Master form and color by focusing on head surfaces. Starting with a lecture on and demonstration of historical planar models and their relationships to anatomical landmarks, and to each other, students explore different concepts of form organization. From this bedrock, light and color is addressed. A two-day long pose painting and/or drawing exercise supports learning objectives. All skill levels are welcome. Model fees are 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  |  19 august—21 august, 2019 |  9:30 A.M.—4:30 P.M.

the art league

105 north union street, Alexandria, va 22314

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PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

Back by popular demand, 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