Cast drawing—the practice of drawing from plaster casts of classical sculptures—has been an integral part of artistic training for five hundred years. Today, artists continue the tradition. Classical sculpture embodies observed nature and archetypal form. Studying from casts help us understand the secrets of how master artists translated life into art.
When drawing from a cast, the atelier student references a stationary, white object under steady lighting conditions. It provides an ideal situation under which the student can train his eyes to see value and halftones- progressing at his own speed.