This is the first course in a cumulative four-class series for anyone serious about sharpening skills in representational drawing and painting. No prerequisite drawing or painting ability is necessary, only the patience to take on a healthy, rewarding challenge. The courses will be loosely-based around the academic, or atelier, method, and will follow tried-and-true techniques from the studios of the masters: copying the plaster cast, learning to draw and paint sight-size, recognizing a range of tones, and painting the figure. This method helps to simplify the barrage of variables that go into capturing an image in paint or pencil into manageable steps.
A formal painting atelier begins with a solid year of drawing. In this course, we will speed through principles of form, proportion, tone, and composition to build and/or deepen drawing skills. The aim of this course is to explore the range of tonality to the extent that one begins to draw not so much with lines, but with light. Students may take this as a stand-alone class without committing to the entire four-class series.
The Atelier Class Series
I: Academic Drawing: Fall 2017
II: Monochromatic Painting: Winter 2018
III: Limited Palette Painting: Spring 2018
IV: Academic Oil Painting: Fall 2018
The class series is designed to be a progression from drawing to oil painting. Academic Drawing will focus on drawing in black and white alone to sharpen your drawing skills and ability to see tones. Monochromatic Painting will focus on painting in one color, both from life and from an old master painting, in order to transfer your skills from dry media to paint. Limited Palette Painting will focus on painting a plaster cast in oil with a limited palette in order to build your understanding of compressing values and temperatures, how to create a focus, and how to create the illusion of depth, atmosphere, and more. We will complete this series with Academic Oil Painting, in which you finish a copy of a master painting in full color. Individuals who would like to start this series after it has begun will need to consult with Katie since later classes presuppose a certain degree of comfort with academic methods.
Please note: due to the health risks involved in using solvents, Katie will teach oil painting without the use of solvents.