Saturday, August 15, 2009

Drawing the Figure 1: Welcome

In this post:
About Drawing the Figure: the Course
Drawing the Figure 1: Description
Details and How to Register
About Private Mentoring
About Julia's Studio
About Julia Hensley

Georg Kolbe
no date. Crayon on paper
15 3/8 x 11 1/2"
Museum of Modern Art, NY

About Drawing the Figure
Julia's Studio presents Drawing the Figure, a course in four parts designed to make the most timeless, fascinating and rewarding subject in all of art accessible and learnable.

Drawing the Fi
gure 1 (see "Description", below) is the first part, which you are invited to take as a stand-alone class or as the first in the full, four-part course. Descriptions of the next three parts will be posted soon.

Each part of the Drawing the Figure is made up of eight concentrated, three-hour classes designed to maximize your time and learning experience. The classes feature lots of demonstrations, in-depth instruction and concrete approaches to drawing the figure that you can apply to anything you see.

g a combination of four live model days per 8-week segment, alternating with guided explorations of master drawings, paintings and sculpture, Drawing the Figure offers a rewarding, practical approach for beginners and a rigorous refresher for more experienced artists.

As one of my students, you are entitled to
a one-hour ($70 value) private consultation or mentoring session either before the first class begins, during, or after the eight weeks, included in the class cost.

Welcome to the exciting and learnable skill of figure drawing!

Drawing the Figure 1:
Gesture, Proportion, Shape

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Study of Seated Female Nude
c. 1830. Musee Ingres

Drawing the Figure
1 emphasizes line as the primary element of drawing. You learn ways to loosen up and begin a drawing with ease. Then, expand these skills to capture gesture and expression. Learn how to build your drawing with
progressive lessons on blocking in, proportion, placement, shapes and spaces. Using pencil and charcoal, work from both the model and reproductions to deepen your understanding of how to use line to convey the complex 3-d form of the body in 2-d. You are encouraged to join in art history discussions designed to expand your drawing vocabulary and enrich your knowledge and understanding of the figure in art. The class features a high degree of individual attention.

Details and How to Register
October 14, 21, 28
November 4*, 18,25
December 2, 9

8 sessions
Includes 4 live model days
Includes a 1-hour private mentoring session ($70 value)

University Heights Building
5031 University Way NE
Room 211
Seattle, WA 98105

Classes are filled on a first-come first serve basis. This class is now officially open for registration. Spaces are limited.

After I receive your email I will confirm your space with you and send you payment information. Full payment is due within two weeks of receiving my confirmation email.

lasses start on time!

Thank you for signing up.

*NO CLASS November 11 due to holiday closure at UHeights.
An additional workshop, payable separately, may be available on this day at my home studio for those wishing to practice. TBA.

Questions? Drop me a line

Read On for More Information

Private Mentoring
Private mentoring is the "rocket fuel" of drawing instruction. Artists and students of all levels can benefit from mentoring. The one-on-one format in which you have my undivided attention is an effective way to advance your skills rapidly. It's also an excellent option for experienced artists who are looking for a fresh perspective or who need to fill in technical gaps, hone content, strengthen compositions, or create goals.

You can choose how you use your dedicated time: bring work you've done for me to review and offer my constructive feedback; practice drawing or painting, with exercises I tailor to your questions and requests; get help on a specific technique you're not clear on or would like to strengthen; or design a personal program of study based on your goals.

You can bring any visual work - collage, ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, graphics, illustration - to your session, or just bring yourself and an idea of what you'd like to discuss or work on.

About Julia's Studio
Julia's Studio is a private art school owned and operated by Julia Hensley since 2002. The goal of Julia's Studio is to make university-quality art instruction
accessible to the community.

Julia's Studio is founded on the belief, experience and observation that drawing is a set of skills that can be taught and learned. How far you go with it is up to you, the student. All you need is curiosity and motivation and the world of art making is open to you.

My goal as a teacher is
provide the beginner with concrete, usable skills along with plenty of encouragement and guidance. For the experienced artist, I provide a place to practice, question, fill in technical gaps, rethink habitual approaches, reinvigorate content and refresh skills.

I am available at all levels of the process, both in class or privately, to help you go as far as you want to go. I am passionate about art and I believe in sharing all the secrets!

Any interested adult is welcome; so are young adults serious about learning art. Julia's Studio does not discriminate in any way against anyone. If you want to learn and are physically able to be in a class, you are invited to enroll.

About Julia Hensley
Julia Hensley is a professional artist and devoted instructor of art to adults. She has shown her work in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. Her work is held in numerous collections nationwide.

Julia's teaching is based on the world-class art training she received at Boston University (BFA with honors, 1989), and was subsequently influenced by Betty Edwards' brilliant book, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain".

She honed her own methods of conveying the complex skills of drawing and painting during ten years' classroom experience at Kirkland Arts Center, Pratt Fine Arts Center, North Seattle Community College, the Frye Art Museum, and Julia's Studio, from 1999 to the present.
Many of the terms and images she uses are unique to her and arise from her own thinking about the practice of art and how to convey its mechanics and aesthetics.