Sat. 10am - 1pm
This essential practice presents the ultimate challenge to the artist and once mastered, opens up a world of possibilities. Whether you aim to become the next great figurative artist or just find joy in the process of drawing, this course will set you on your path and will give you the tools you need to create a successful body of work!
We emphasize the academic approach to drawing the figure from life and the various techniques and mediums used for rendering three-dimensional form. Composed of three and four week long poses, each student will be given ample time to study the shapes, values and edges of the figure and explore different techniques. Students may choose to work in charcoal, white chalk and graphite or a combination of both. Occasional brief lectures, handouts, assignments and demonstrations will be given.
What You'll Learn
The Academic Method: Plumb Line, Placement, Envelope Shape and Gesture
Measuring Proportions, establishing angles and refining shapes
Tone and finalize shadow shapes
Rendering forms and focus on values, edges
Historical techniques for rendering: hatching, line weight for emphasis, form emphasis, mass emphasis
Tools and tricks for helping you see shapes and values accurately
Personalized one-on-one instruction
Matt Duckett is a painter whose work examines the ghosts of tradition that inhabit our lifestyles, drawn from a deep involvement in the various places he’s lived, including Scandinavian cultural legacies in rural Wisconsin, the interplay of heritage and hardship in Irish immigrant communities in Chicago, and disaster-stricken refugee communities the Philippines, examining issues displacement and identity through the things we carry with us when forced to leave everything behind. Matt is completing a Masters of Fine Art at the Laguna College of Art and Design.
Duckett’s work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and internationally and featured in national publications including Fine Art Connoisseur and Poets & Artists. Duckett has been passionately involved in developing arts communities in the various places he's lived, worked, and visited, being a key contributor to a variety of nonprofits, artist incubators and state and local arts boards to foster arts and education.