October 8, 9, & 10
10 am-2 pm EST
instructor: Steven Assael
Space is limited so early registration is highly encouraged
We are thrilled to have legendary artist and influential teacher, Steven Assael for an online workshop this fall. In this 3-day workshop, via Zoom, Steven will lead you through an exploration of using your visual memory as the basis of creating space and form. Steven believes drawing is the cornerstone of painting and sculpture. It is a selective process that gives meaning and expression to a drawing that influences our skills as painters. The skills of drawing from memory, imagination, and observation enable us to visualize ways of expressing form. Demonstrations will make use of a variety of drawing materials and strategies for working from imagination.
The workshop will include:
- Discussion of materials and craft
- Discussion of the construction of the head
- Strategy for planning and placement + composition
- A simplified method of measuring proportions
- A simple way to see the basic anatomical features of the figure
- Drawing the figure with a focus on rhythm and movement
- The development of light and shadow and reflective properties
- A discussion of drawing as a means of selectivity and finding purpose in expression
We will delve into the structure of the head and body during the first day. First, Steven will map out basic guidelines for drawing the head in a one-hour demonstration. Students will follow along and during the second-hour students will produce a portrait from imagination. In the third hour, Steven will then go through some basic principles of drawing the human figure in space. During the final hour, students will produce their own figures from imagination.
On the second day will work out a composition using various imaginative techniques and students will then follow producing a figure composition.
On the third day, students will receive individual critiques on their work produced.
Click here for a materials list
The class will be held via ZOOM. Click here to download the free app
The workshop will be recorded and available only to those registered for the workshop for a period of 2 weeks after the class.
About the Instructor:
“Steven Assael is acclaimed as the most accomplished figurative artist of his generation…(and) has devoted himself to realistic rendering of the human figure since he was a child prodigy…Certainly, Assael is conscious of not just the whole history of painting but also the deeper connection between the portrait and its subject’s mortality.” – Adrian Dannatt for The Art Newspaper, November 2002
Born in New York City in 1957, Steven Assael graduated from Pratt Institute and has served for decades as faculty at the School of Visual Arts and as a senior critic at the New York Academy of Art. The Artist’s prodigious technique, his use of light and shadow, sensitive line and detail are deployed in the interest of the implication of narrative; the psychological import of the scene, the relationship, and the character of the sitter.
Steven Assael’s work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Naples (FL) Museum of Art from October 2010 to January 2011. Assael’s paintings were also included in the exhibition “New Old Masters”, curated by Donald Kuspit, at the National Museum in Gdansk, Poland in 2006. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (WA) in 1999. Single-person exhibitions of works by Steven Assael have also been featured at the Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee, Lowe Gallery (Atlanta, GA), and Ann Nathan Gallery (Chicago, IL). His work has been exhibited at The Arkansas Arts Center, The New York Academy of Art, and The Arnot Art Museum (Elmira, NY), and is in the permanent collections of The Hunter Museum of Art (Chattanooga, TN), The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (Kansas City, MO), The Columbus Museum of Art (OH) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY). Steven Assael is represented by Forum Gallery, New York, NY.
There are no refunds for this class unless it is canceled by Townsend Atelier or if we are able to fill a canceled spot with our waitlist.