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Impressive Life Drawing course (Advanced)

Impressive Life Drawing course  (Advanced)

After learning the techniques of simplifying the figure (in Expressive Drawing) or any other life drawing, the purpose may be creating a fine drawing, learning the techniques, learning how to see better, improving the art process, etc. But in this Impressive Drawing course we understand that what is important
about the depiction on paper is not the object (the drawing) but what it reveals about the artist. As viewers of art it is not the subject that we are interested in but how the artist feels about the subject. In this class there is very little technical instruction. Instead we turn the microscope around and look into the process at work inside the artist. It's about becoming a more sensitive instrument.

Content:  This is more like a spiritual practice than an art technique. We'll explore elements of the psyche and how drawing engages various layers of the personality; different kinds of creative work; what makes the crucible of creative (sacred) space conducive to creative work; how to ritually insulate that space to protect the creative wilderness relationship; how the tension of Eros/Thanatos drives creativity; how the body opens the gates of much of human meaning; how the model can reflect invisible parts of ourselves and help engage the deepest parts of our sensibilites.

Purpose:

a) To learn about ourselves by drawing from the outside in. Using drawing as a means of self-discovery; opening up to the subject and feeling our response

b) being sensitive to the spirit that inhabits the space between you and the model.

c) learning how to interpret your own reactions and emotions.

d) opening to possibilities for moving in the world as a sensitive, receptive being.

Format: 2 hours per night: We begin with a 30 minute lecture about some aspect of opening and relating. Before drawing we do a body ritual to orient us to the practice. This is followed by one hour drawing from the model, after which we process the experience, the art and any ideas that emerge. Processing may include the model if they so desire.

Previous experience:  Students must have taken this or another figure drawing course.

Materials needed
: drawing pencils and sketch paper (some materials available)

Schedule: NEXT CLASS: Tues. Feb.4 - Mar. 10, 2020 7:00 to 9:00

Cost:  $1oo for the full course, which includes modeling fees.  Option: pay per class and drop out any time if it's not your thing ($15 for first class).

Location 
Tim Holmes Studio
446 N. Hoback St.

Helena, MT  USA
406-916-9266

Expressive Life Drawing course
A 7-week, course in drawing the human figure from life (Advanced class is listed above)

We use nude models to learn how to "see" and map the complex
Wolf, charcoal wash
and beautiful form of the human body in simple ways. We study a technique I've developed from the ideas of George Bridgman to use for creating naturalistic figurative sculpture, but it can be used to envision the human form for any purpose whatever, whether you are illustrating scientific journals, drawing cartoons or wanting simply to be able to more deeply appreciate what it is to reside in human packaging.

We will study proportions but attempt to move beyond accuracy of form into personal expression. The instruction is useful for both intentions.

We will practice imaginative seeing by simplifying the complex elements of the human form into a simple mannequin figure, which, when drawn with certain principles in mind, can be used as a basis for creating life-like drawings of any treatment. Concepts include fractals, the "wedging" of anatomic forms, balance, foreshortening, living line, edges and energy.  We’ll also discuss artistic vulnerability, unconscious kinetic awareness of images of the human body, and other concepts that help form one's craft.  Learning these rules allows the artist to break them intentionally for expressive purposes. If you're interested in attending the next series please reserve a spot.

Format: 30 minutes of instruction followed by two hours working from the model.

Previous experience:  None required.  An artist of any experience level can gain from this practice.

Materials needed
: drawing pencils and sketch paper (some materials available)

Schedule: NEXT CLASS: Sept. 2020   LIMITED SIZE

Cost:  $125 for the full course, which includes modeling fees. 

Remote option:  If a student wants to audit the instruction part of the class from any remote location, the cost is $30. Please contact the studio:

Location 
Tim Holmes Studio
446 N. Hoback St.
Helena, MT  USA
406-916-9266









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