Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Portraits 3: Features and Composition

With your understanding of the human head's planar structure well under way, you are ready to delve into individual features. In addition, as you begin to synthesize perspective and anatomy in your portrait drawings you will be ready to play with the larger compositional picture with increased knowledge.

First, you will learn to simplify and comprehend eyes, nose, mouth and ears as sculptural and anatomical forms. Then you'll work on integrating these landmarks into the overall architecture of the head. In addition, you will learn to use shapes and spaces to more easily and effectively portray the unique character of each feature from your viewpoint. Finally, you will carry the focus on flat shapes and spaces into costume and background to make surprising and satisfying compositions. The class builds on our previous work with planes and modeling the form to full rendering of the head and surroundings in light and shadow. 

Portraits 3: Features and Composition
July 8, 15, 22, 29 
August 5, 12, 19, 26

Class cost: $288
Location TBA 

Thank you!
Leonardo da Vinci
Angel for the “Madonna of the Rocks” 
ca. 1483-85
metal point heightened with white on prepared paper, 181 x 159 cm

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


New June workshops: small, semi-private one-day sessions in my home studio with a view. Enjoy a lunch break, plenty of time to develop your work, camaraderie and lots of individual attention. You are welcome to draw, paint, or both. Click here to read about the class that started the idea. 

Drawing & Painting Workshop
Topic: Interior with Landscape View
We will look particularly at Diebenkorn, Matisse and Bonnard as we draw and paint the view through the old fashioned windows of my Spanish-style building to the red tile roofs and Lake Union beyond. Drawers will explore a series of variations in the first half, building to a more finished study in either pencil or charcoal after lunch (you may also bring colored pencils or other media). The focus will be on simplifying creatively, understanding the perspective of what you're seeing, connecting indoors to outdoors, and creating a strong compositional structure. Painters will sketch and transfer their drawings to Bristol board in the first half, then switch to painting after lunch. Your additional focus will be on making a painterly, layered painting. Lots of individual attention and demos. We will start on time and keep our lunch to an hour to maximize our work time.

Sunday, June 21
Deadline to register: Saturday, June 20 by noon

Friday, June 26
Deadline to register: Wednesday, June 24 by 5:00 pm
Lunch from 1-2
Please bring a lunch
I will have salad, bread, cheese, fruit, cookies, etc. 
So no need to worry if you forgot/didn't have time

Julia's Studio
Contact me for details

Class cost $80
Space is limited to 4 people. 
Booking is on a first come, first serve basis.
Minimum of 2 people necessary to run each workshop.
Christine Lee paints the view, with Vicki Schoettle's painting visible
And, the view