Friday, August 25 | 5:30-8:30 pm EST | instructor demo, meet and greet
August 26 & 27 | 10 am-5 pm | workshop
Instructor: Angela Cunningham
In this class students will draw the portrait from observation in pan pastel charcoal. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy of block-in and form modeling using a sponge cover brush tip that is much like painting but with a drawing material. We will spend the first day understanding and practicing the visual tools of blocking-in. Students will develop their comparative measuring and shape-seeing abilities using additive and subtractive (erasing) methods. Students will work from a live model.
Once the block-in is accurately put in with distinctive light and shadow shapes, we’ll move to understanding the form modeling stage in value. Students will be introduced to the conceptual principles of light on form. Understanding the pitfalls of purely visual observation, we will introduce a more conceptual way of understanding and approaching value. Each student will get a chance to organize a strategic method of thought and process to develop a clear approach to modeling three-dimensional form. This will be a 3 day long pose drawing. Students will learn patience, focus, accuracy, and observational detail. Students can expect to walk away with a good grasp of a systematic approach and a highly studied drawing. Instructor will give demos throughout the course and will advise each student one on one. Beginner and experienced artists are welcome.
There will be a lunch break each day. Lunch is on your own. For students traveling from out of town, please contact us if you need assistance with accommodation recommendations.
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About the instructor:
Angela Cunningham (b. 1977) grew up in the Bay Area of California. After high school she studied at various art colleges eventually receiving her BFA in Drawing/ Painting with a minor in sculpture from Laguna College of Art and Design. After teaching in California for a few years, Angela decided to pursue her desire to learn the classical techniques of drawing and painting under the mentorship of Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Academy of Art. She graduated GCA in 2010. She now teaches at her own studio in Asheville, North Carolina. She also teaches workshops at various studios nationwide. Angela is a recipient of various awards including the Morris and Alma Schapiro Achievement Award, Art Renewal Center First Place Scholarship Award, Alfred Ross Achievement Award and more.