- The Atelier
Working from life and from the masters, you follow traditional ideas and techniques as you develop vital tools for creating skillful, luminous still-life paintings in oil. You explore varied working methods through master copies, lectures and group discussions and work on technical issues such as drawing and color theory as you study how master artists of the past have handled such challenges. You focus on composition and color, learning to create thoughtful, interesting arrangements and examine the relationships between masses of value, color and intensity in your still-life painting. You also create one painting from drawing to underpainting through full color. Class discussions and instructor demonstrations help you to build successful skills for independent work and problem-solving proficiency.
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"Whether in the context of secular, religious, mythological, or historical artwork, the figure was [and remains] the most compelling subject throughout Western art." –Juliette Aristides, "Classical Painting Atelier"
In this full-day workshop, Aristides will guide students through the basics of shape, value, and color as they work from the life model. During the morning session, the instructor will paint from the model while students observe how she develops a preliminary likeness, builds up light and form, and completes the painting, all with a limited palette. Over the course of the morning, Aristides will encourage an open dialogue between instructor and students, fielding questions related to figure-painting techniques, materials, and process. After the lunch break, students will build their artistic vocabulary as they put the lessons learned in the morning demonstration to practice in their own painting. Working from the life model with guidance from the instructor, they will work sequentially on a painting beginning with drawing directly on the canvas, building up the light, and then massing in color with a limited palette.
"Drawing is the most basic passageway through which you can access the power of art to express profound universal ideas, feelings, beliefs, and truths." --Juliette Aristides, "Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques From Inside the Atelier"
In this full-day workshop, Aristides will introduce the 19th-century Beaux Arts curriculum, which enables students to gain the skills to accurately and confidently draw the human figure. During the morning session, Aristides will give a demonstration from the life model, and students will be able to observe her process from start to finish as she develops a sepia drawing using careful observation, measurement, and a study of value and form. Over the course of the morning, Aristides will encourage an open dialogue between instructor and students, fielding questions related to figure-drawing techniques, materials, and process. After the lunch break, students will build their artistic vocabulary as they put the lessons learned from the morning demonstration to practice in their own drawings, working from the life model with guidance from the instructor.
Juliette Aristides instructs the August 20-31 portion of the 1 month workshop:
Build your artistic vocabulary as you work sequentially to complete one finished figure painting. In a methodical, step-bystep process, learn the methods of oil painting from the initial color sketch to the final glaze. Over the course days we will dive into painting related issue while exploring the artists most fascinating subject matter- the human figure. You develop a preliminary drawing to ensure accuracy and likeness, create a monochromatic or color study to analyze shape, tone and composition and transfer your drawing to canvas or panel as you execute your painting in full color. Lectures and individual instruction aid your artistic progress. This workshop provides you with the necessary tools to bolster your artistic confidence. Much of the personal growth of the artist comes from having the right tools for self-correction and problem solving. With that in mind throughout the
class, you participate in discussion on materials, methods and techniques to equip you with every possible tool for your future artistic growth. Beginners through advanced students are welcome. You are met at whatever your skill level.
With the figure as your subject, explore the atmospheric use of value as you create one drawing in this intensive workshop. Each day begins with a half-day of demonstration and lively discussions, with afternoons dedicated to drawing from the model. You use sepia pencil and paper to make a volumetric, sensitively handled figure. Some prior figure drawing recommended.
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Two Day Figure Drawing Workshop
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Classical Still-Life Painting
January 5 - 9, 2009
5 Day Figure Drawing Workshop
March 30 - April 3, 2010
Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier
969 G. Edgewater Blvd #106
Foster City, CA 94404
Learn to create timeless figure drawings in the tradition of the old masters. This one week intensive workshop focuses on the elements of figure drawing and guides the students through the path necessary to achieve great art. Demonstrations, slide shows and lectures will present you with many opportunities to increase your understanding of the artist's craft while working from life. During the course of the week you will develop your figure drawing, to help you to build successful skills for independent work and problem-solving proficiency. You will gain much practical knowledge to assist along the path of being a contemporary figurative artist.