Foundations of Still Life Drawing and Painting
Day : Thursday
Time : 1:30-4:30pm
Instructor : David Troncoso
Class Starts : July 12th
Taking a class in our Foundations Program is required before taking other classes at the Teaching Studios of Art. Foundations of Still Life Drawing and Painting is part of a step-by-step, results oriented program. One of the keys to learning how to paint and draw in a classical manner is to start with a solid foundation. In the Foundations of Still Life Drawing and Painting, students will learn how to capture gesture, achieve accurate shapes and proportions and will learn a variety of troubleshooting methods to ensure that their drawings and paintings are accurate. Students begin with learning the fundamentals of drawing before moving onto painting. More advanced students interested in this class can begin with painting still lifes.
Students will each work at their own pace. Using plaster casts and still life objects, students will begin the program by learning how to capture the gesture of a 3 dimensional object and place it into 2 dimensions on a sheet of paper. Students will work from the general to the specific, with loose marks in the beginning, moving to very specific marks toward the end of the drawing.
Students will then move on to copying plates from the Charles Bargue Drawing Book. Afterwards, they will move on to working directly from the schools collection of plaster casts. Once students have begun working from the casts we will talk extensively about the mechanics of light and how to depict light and form three dimensionally, within our 2D picture plane, in order to give a strong sense of depth. All of the techniques and methods taught in this course will be directly applicable to working with any subject matter. Whether you are interested in portrait, figure, still life or landscape, this class will help you gain the skills necessary to push your work to the next level.
Only one semester is required as a prerequisite to our other classes, but to cover the painting part of the course, we recommend at least 2 sessions of study in Foundations of Classical Drawing and Painting Class.
While this class would be perfect for a new student looking to learn the fundamentals, it is much more than a simple “Basic Drawing” course. Even the most advanced artists will find that they are learning new concepts, methods and techniques, and pushing their understanding further, ultimately resulting in stronger work.
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To see student work from this class, click on the images.