November 14 & 15 | 10 am-5 pm EST
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Join us from anywhere. All levels are welcome!
We are thrilled to have Roberto back at Townsend Atelier, but this time, virtually!
The head and face are probably the most rewarding parts of the human figure for an artist to
draw or paint. Head and face can also be an intimidating subject because of its inherent
complexities. This intensive online workshop of the duration of two- 6 hour days, is designed to give the artists interested in portraiture a sound understanding of the proportions, anatomy and volumes of the head and is organized on a systematic methodology that will give the students access to the knowledge and technique necessary to master and enjoy drawing this challenging yet satisfying subject.
The Zoom live videos permit the students to have a very clear view at all times of my
demonstrations giving me the possibility to also discuss technical aspects of drawing. The
students will draw along with me for the whole duration of the live demonstrations creating
many drawings and practicing both the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.
The recorded Zoom sessions will be available to the students for one week after the end of the workshop to permit the students to keep practicing and review the many
notions discussed during this intense workshop.
The topics discussed and demonstrated will be: the proportions and landmarks of the skull, the muscles of head and neck, the planes of the head and the effect of the light on the forms of the head.
Daily schedule (Eastern Standard Time):
10 am-1 pm demo, instruction, and drawing
1-2 pm lunch break
2-5 pm demo, instruction, and drawing
( materials can be purchased at Townsend Atelier’s store before the workshop)
a pad of Strathmore series 400 or Canson drawing paper, about 18” by 24” or about 17” by 14” but not smaller
Pencils: B, HB, and H
plumb line (a fishing lead tied to a sewing line or dental floss will do)
a couple of good quality colored pencils such as Faber Castell, Caran D’Ache in red earth colors (sanguine, burnt sienna, venetian, indian or english red)
a note book or small sketch pad to take notes
This class will be held via ZOOM meetings. A link will be sent to students after registration. To download the free ZOOM app, please click here.
About the instructor:
Originally from Italy and now living in New Jersey, Roberto Osti studied figurative art at the New York Art Students League, and has an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, New York, NY. He has a degree in Anatomical and Surgical Drawing with honors from University of Bologna, in Bologna, Italy and has also studied with acclaimed British painter, Jenny Saville. His illustrations have appeared in such publications as Scientific American Magazine, Scientific American Mind, Scientific American Explorations, Scientific American Books, Natural History Magazine, New York Times-Science Times, and the Italian magazine Salve. Roberto’s book, Basic Human Anatomy can be purchase here.