Tues. 6:30pm - 9:30pm
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!
Course Schedule (Subjects may change depends on students’ progress)
Week1: Introduction to French Academy Drawing. You will copy one of "Bargue’s" plates in graphite pencils. We will start with a very simple plate such as a foot, leg, hand or back. A step-by-step demo will be provided.
Week 2-3: You will copy another plate in charcoals. This will be your choice, but I recommend trying something a little more complicated than the first one.
Week 4: After creating two plates, you will move on to the Cast Drawing. (You can create more plates if you want to.) You will start with a very simple cast such as a hand or eye. A step-by-step demo will be provided.
After working with several casts over the course of a few months, you can start Cast Painting or you can transfer to the Life Drawing Class and work with live models. Occasional brief lectures, handouts, assignments and demonstrations will be given.
What You'll Learn
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
Live demonstrations and personalized instruction to help you learn faster
Personalized one-on-one instruction
Johnny Castillo (b. 1995) is a Los Angeles based contemporary painter who investigates his placement in America as a first-generation Guatemalan immigrant. By deconstructing his emotional and psychological experiences, Castillo explores the idea of displacement and inhabiting an in-between world-a place where one never seems to have access to their home country or the American dream.
Castillo was born in Guatemala and was brought to Los Angeles, California at the age of 5. He has experienced the American culture for 22 years now. Unable to visit his home country due to his legal status, Castillo fights to remember what he feels like are now faint memories of a Guatemalan home he once inhabited.
Having obtained an Associate’s Degree in Studio Arts from Santa Monica College, Castillo is currently studying Drawing and Painting at The Long Beach School of Art.
*Contact Johnny at firstname.lastname@example.org