The Figurative Core
Creative training for serious artists of any level of experience.
The Figurative Core™ Program Schedule
In-Studio Option – (For the online option, click here.)
The Figurative Core™ Program – The Curriculum
Designed to foster real artistic growth, The Figurative Core™ Program trains artists in both the foundational basics of drawing and painting from life and provides a framework to make their own creative figurative art work, simultaneously. The program will require students to work for 6 hours, 3 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, with a specific emphasis on a different aspect of and training each day. The program will be taught by primarily by Teaching Studios Founder and Director Rob Zeller, with assistance from other faculty. While we will not reveal the specifics of the curriculum here, we will provide a general outline.
Tuesdays -10:30am- 1:30pm This day will be focused on precision training of both hand and eye. Students will copy Bargue plates, Old Master Drawings and work from plaster casts of Classical statues. Upon approval from the instructor, students will then move on to painting casts in grisaille (monochrome) oil paint. As students progress in the curriculum, they learn still life painting and the fundamentals of composition. Students will work in both indirect and alla prima painting methods.
Tuesdays, 2-5pm. Old Master Copy continues the time-honored tradition of learning from the Old Masters by copying their great works. Students will choose an Old Master painting or drawing to copy. The instructor will discuss the proper use of brushes, mediums, solvents and varnishes, historical palettes and color schemes. Once a month, Art History will also be discussed, covering a different time period each lecture. Lessons will be also be given in such basics as stretching canvases, preparing panels, making mediums, and developing a working method that is both archival and safe.
Wednesdays 6 hours-10:30am- 5:30pm will be focused on working from the live model- both in portrait and figure drawing and painting. Working from the live model is key to any type of traditional training of the artist’s vision. Zeller will use the foundational basics he teaches in his book, The Figurative Artist’s Handbook, which will be the main Program textbook, in addition to a few others.
Thursdays- 5 hours 10:30am- 3:30pm Being an artist means making art, plain and simple. That process should not be stopped during traditional training, but rather encouraged. While getting traditional training on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Thursdays will be devoted to fostering student’s creativity. Students will begin working out thumbnail sketches of ideas for composition. They will then do some color studies, and, finally a finished, original creative project.
Students may pursue any subject matter they wish, and work in a very traditional vein, or a more modern conception, as they see fit. The use of photography, collage or other mixed media in this class is permissible to make artwork. This is a day to put the traditional training into practice, in one own creative work. How that manifests itself is up to the individual.
Zeller will act as both mentor and consultant on Thursdays. It is important that students develop independent voices as they learn to put their training to use. Zeller will not micromanage student projects, but will be available on an as-needed basis.
The program is sold on a monthly basis. Tuition is $650 a month. Students in the program will pay tuition on the first class day of every month. The program will run for 10 months out of the year Jan – June, Sept- Dec. The program will not run in July and August. Program students may take other classes outside of the program at a 15% discount (excluding workshops).
Absences can be made up on any class on our schedule (excepting children’s classes) Check with Rob Zeller first, for availability.
Working from photos
Students may work from photos on their creative projects. Traditional training on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is done without the use of photographs. The point of traditional training is fluid accuracy when working from life. To attain the ability to draw and paint both perceptually and conceptually, there are no short cuts.