- Course NumberILC-2022-A
- Dates Sep 20 - Dec 13
- Hours09:00AM - 11:50AM
- Additional Fees0.00
- Location 133/141 West 21st Street
From the fine to media arts, on canvas or digitally, the ability to draw anything, especially the human figure, as a believable thing in a believable space requires these three d's: discipline, desire and diligence. We will work through a series of proven practices that will enhance your drawing abilities no matter what your level and put you on a knowledge path about drawing that will give you the freedom to create into the future. The pencil and brush will be the primary tools to make investigative and effective line drawings that capture ideas of structural anatomy, rhythm and movement. We will work to tap into the powerful creative process to quickly combine observational response and archetypes of form. We will concentrate on 3- to10-minute poses, working with nude and clothed, male and female models to explore the in-class demonstrations and exercises that will give you a more comprehensive understanding of the human form as well as the variety of processes in drawings made from the past to the present. Based on a unique combination of ideas and practices derived from both academic and modern drawing principles, students will be taught to think of drawing the human body in a radically different, yet profoundly rooted, way. While continually striving to improve observational and conceptual skills, students will learn to see that energy and rhythm-forces inherent to the living body-are useful and insightful means to approach other, more fundamental aspects of drawing. The lessons that cover structural anatomy and the use of lines to create spatial and dynamic drawings are essential to the often inter-related fields of fine art, animation, cartooning and illustration. To see examples of class and student work, please visit: stephengaffney.tumblr.com.
NOTE: Please bring a pad of smooth, white drawing paper (18x24"), soft graphite pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser and drawing board to the first session.
Fine artist, muralist, designer
BFA, School of Visual Arts; MFA, New York Academy of Art
Galerie Timothy Tew, Atlanta; First Street Gallery
Samson Fine Art; McKee Gallery; Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT; New York Academy of Art
Sogno Ristorante, Fairfield, CT (interior design); Church of St. Agnes (altarpiece); Marine Park Playground; Playground for All Children; P.S. 58 Library; Paul's Daughter (signs and design)
Hazelwood Foods, UK; New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
National Academy of Design, Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship
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